Telling this story is getting a little easier...
1. Food. The food scene in Charlotte is undergoing an incredible growth right now, it is super exciting. So many new places, new people, new cuisine, new concepts, new ways of connecting, new social opportunities and exploration.
Spot-light: The tremendous amount of fuel the culinary transformation is providing for the entire metamorphosis happening to Charlotte's community and culture.
2. Art. I've been reading about Charlotte's confusing art scene since I originally came here in 2008. Where is the arts district? Should it be in South End? Should it be in NoDa? What about Plaza? Oh, galleries are going in the new Gold District too? We seem to be creating our own struggle to cultivate the right creative identity for the city.
Spot-light: What if the greatest solution is to not have an art district at all?
3. Community and establishing a cooperative culture where all groups CHOOSE to work together. There is something so beautiful about how the chefs I am working with have come together and are working together to promote, support and sustain each other, local farms, ranches, local businesses and organizations.
Spotlight: These philosophies can be integrated into so many different industries. I hope The Ruminate Project can be part of the ripple effect.
4. Creativity has no boundaries. One of my biggest objectives in my life, beyond #RuminateCLT, is to use my art as a tool and as a platform to evolve the way that we encourage creative expression.
Lead and empower individuals to stay focused on understanding their passions, and on eliminating the fears and boundaries. That is how we discover our ability to accept that the talents in which, each possess, are important to the world and should be offered and put out into the world.
Spotlight: We must begin to massively support creativity that goes beyond the traditional arts.
5. Creative Collaboration with Post-It Goats. A small scale example of what #RuminateCLT is all about and a chance for EVERYONE to get involved.
YOUR QUOTE + MY GOAT = OUR CREATIVE COLLABORATION(Gifted + Shared) = NETWORK OF CREATIVE CONNECTEDNESS
I cannot me more thrilled and appreciative for the good vibes and encouragement I have been getting from everyone on this project. Discovering that there are people out there that resonate with what #RuminateCLT represents is incredible to find!