3. Diversity (this one is a little jumbled!)
*I've always been drawn to things that were different--people who thought and looked differently from me. As a young girl, I wanted to learn about what made people different--their backgrounds, experiences, upbringing, etc. I wanted to understand them so that it would help me relate and find common ground. I did this before the word "diversity" became such a buzz word. I did this out of an innate curiosity to learn about others. The word "diversity" comes up a lot over here at ECU. There are plans to increase diversity, programs to support underrepresented groups of people, and governing powers telling institutions that they need to have faculty that reflect the diversity of the student body, which also needs to be more diverse. I also know that our world would be quite boring without diversity in thoughts, art, music, religions, styles, languages, etc. But I struggle to find a balance when it comes to focusing so much on diversity it becomes divisive and we get pushed further apart, rather than being brought together to appreciate our similarities and celebrate our differences. Someone always seems to be left out. I'm not sure if this makes sense. I wonder if the artists struggles with this concept of diversity...you want to create a brand or a certain look/style, but you want to create something new and different with each new piece, too.
1. "I have no idea how it will turn out, but I am so excited to go through all of the steps of preparation and creation." Here at empathinc. we call that process. Actually we call it good livin'.