Convention Graduation

Posted by Americans for the Arts, Jul 03, 2008 1 comment

There are moments where you sense things so intensely they have a texture and vibration all their own. One experiences joy and humility in the same breath and it brings a lump to your throat even though you are smiling broadly. I had many grateful moments like these over the course of Convention. To me, our Convention is a graduation experience of sorts (true confessions from a former high school teacher). It happens in June. It’s a culmination of a year’s worth of work. And, when it happens, you forget all the hard times in between and fall back in love with your work all over again. If we did a yearbook, this text would be on my senior page.

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What's It All About?

Posted by Lex Leifheit, Jun 23, 2008 0 comments

I think I broke one of the cardinal rules of blogging by skipping town on my own blog without warning. It is good to be home ... to rest, reflect, and ask what someone at Convention called the "Alfie" question—what's it all about?

What did I learn? First and foremost, to REGISTER EARLY. Staying at an overflow hotel makes it hard to blog, power-nap, or pace ones' self throughout the days.

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Countdown to Seattle...or we've only got 4 minutes to save the world

Posted by Terence McFarland, Jun 23, 2008 1 comment

For reasons I'm too embarrassed, exhausted or simply unwilling to discuss, I'm seated at the Phoenix Airport at 7:00 a.m. on my way home to LA. I'm not a fan of overnight flights, and I'm extremely un-fond of three hour airline delays - especially when I could have stayed at the airport hotel and swam in the pool or worked out. Oh well. Time for a recap.

This conference rocked. For those that have been reading my posts, I can be a bit of a tough love kind-of-guy.

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Warm (and Arty) Fuzzies

Posted by John Arroyo, Jun 23, 2008 0 comments

Time flies! It feels like the first session just started, but now its time to wrap-up. Unfortunately, I had to leave a bit early on Saturday afternoon. So sorry to have missed the Emerging Leaders Reception at World Cafe Live - such a cool space! In honor of my absence, I loaded my iPod with cool new music to listen to on the flight back to LA.

As I reflect upon the last couple of days, I can't help but feel honored to be a part of such a great community of committed and creative individuals.

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