Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in the age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we’re offering this series. In each “In Our Own Words” post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as we all navigate a new normal.
So many artists I know have told me that their capacity to be creative has slowed to a trickle. There are days when making art and processing the news simultaneously feels impossible. I am an extrovert, so making phone appointments with friends and family has lifted my spirits and helped me focus on what’s important. The moments I’m truly at peace are when I’m alone with a project in front of me, listening to reruns of my favorite shows.
April was set to be one of my most exciting months. I had a partnership with the NCAA Final Four Tournament in Atlanta. It was canceled, but I have been invited to partner with the NCAA Final Four next year in Indianapolis. Tiny Door 19 was going to be revealed and is now moved to the summer. My biggest announcement — The Tiny Studio, which will be open to the public — has also been postponed. It is still on track to open when the [shelter-in-place] orders are lifted and is going to be such a fun way for the community to see the process and participate in new ways.
My hopes are primarily for the health and well-being of people. I hope that the people and businesses we love in Atlanta are able to come through this with minimal impact. I spend time every day visualizing life beyond these months — going back to my favorite places, seeing friends and family, and hosting events. I love you, ATL.
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