I believe in the power of art to transform the frightened heart, the scarred psyche, the unquiet mind. In the tradition of Spider Woman, I have been taught that the story is a co-creation woven by what we each bring to the circle, that to tell is as important as to listen. Storytellers use the web of story to inform, educate, enlighten, explore how we might live as social beings, capable of inflicting the worst kinds of pain and dispensing the deepest moments of compassion.
I believe that humans crave narrative, and that storytelling offers a path for healing, growth, and clarity. It is through the story we learn to know each other and to overcome our bigotries and our pettiness. I believe art should be available to all, no matter a person’s education, class, race, gender, sexual orientation—any of those small-minded categories where too many of us get confined or lost. I believe that art needs to remember to be humble, that accessibility is just as important as aesthetics, that the garbage man is just as important on the stage as is the senator.
Specifically, I believe art has taught me my most important lessons: to be patient with process, to keep an open heart toward all people; that there is more risk in vulnerability than there is in intellectual posturing; that sentimentality is too easy. Instead I want to pursue the quiet moments of potential change that are housed in every moment of our lives; that stories are a certain kind of magic, one that we willingly seek out so that our lives might seem brighter, wholer, more intact.