This fall, my big art project has been getting a new sculpture academy — CSA the California Sculpture Academy going. We are going to make a great sculpture academy with some interesting extras. Amazing collection of ideas — classical drawing and sculpture training, certificates in very useful skills like welding and foundry work, and modern things like robotics, 3D computer modeling, and embedded computers within a sculpture. I will get to teach robotics and 3D modeling at this school. Scary thing is that there are already 4 people who want to take the class and I”m not ready to teach it.
Right now I feel overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done. There are so many different pieces to juggle. The best analogy is it’s like cleaning out the garage. You have everything spread out on the floor and don’t know where to start. But in reality, your close to getting finished. Shelves are clean, things are getting boxed, and it’s the last 25% that is really hard to put away. Put in a few more hours and garage will be clean. I’ve been feeling that same state of depression about this CSA academy. But yesterday was very reaffirming. There are a lot of people willing to help. All I have to do is give them a well defined task and keep them on schedule. Daniel will do the brochures and fliers after I give him the basic text. Christina will help with the foundation paperwork, after I give her access to all the materials. She’ll also take a position in the foundation as a starting point. Nick, the first student will help us with recruiting new students and his parents are going to provide some good insights in how to recruit. Peter is going to look at accreditation — what does it mean and how to we position ourselves to get it as soon as we are eligible. Brandon is almost ready with the kickstart campaign. Bud’s doing a lot of the paperwork. And Jodha Sara has agreed to help me with the SWOT analysis and figure out which site is the best for a big fundraising campaign. If I can keep juggling all these pieces, we might actually pull together a great school.
Yesterday was good, I felt blessed with so much enthusiasm and willingness to help. I’m scared also, I’m getting lots of new responsibilities. It looks like I’ll get a new titles–President of our to be formed non-profit Foundation. Christina nominated me and voted for me. But she agreed to be Vice President of Administration so her name gets to be on the paperwork as well. We might have a more formal meeting to sign everything — that would be after the new Friday Night Lecture and Social Hour.
And this the panic inducing item number 2. Brandon and I decided to start a new lecture series. We’ll get it going by sheer determination and a willingness to pretend that it’s highly successful (i.e. lots of people coming) from day 1. These lectures will be 45 minutes long with a 15 minute question and answer period followed by a social hour and school founding meeting. Lecture number 1 will focus on the Florence Sculpture Academy and what a classical education in art means. I’m doing lecture number 2: Robotics and the art of Possibilities. Lecture number 3 will be about mexican art. OMG, I have three weeks to learn enough and pull together a public talk. Fun and panic inducing at the same time.
There is still lots more work; but my regular day job is calling. One last photo. Yesterday on the way home from Fallbrook, there was an amazing sunset which I captured with the IPAD camera. Framed by the car window, it’s an interesting picture. Not great, but fun. It gave me pleasure and hope.