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Being an artist and parent in a city of riches? w/Tim Devin

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Part of a series of 'art' conversations for summer art, not-school 2016 in and around Mairangi Bay Arts Centre - small-workshop.info/sans2016/

Tim Devin (www.timdevin.com/) is a Boston-based artist, librarian, parent and more. His work supports the need for information and feeling connected that are essential for people having a say in their communities and the world at large. This discussion starts from three points coming out of his project "How to be an Artist and a Parent?" - how to be a "good parent" and also do the other stuff you need to do, the question of what happens to a community life pressures slowly hinder people from being creative, and the fact that both Boston and Auckland are going through huge transformations right now.

Listen to the talk HERE: https://soundcloud.com/a-small-lab/being-an-artist-and-parent-in-a-city-of-riches-wtim-devin

Provided in collaboration with Mairangi Arts Centre, with support of Creative Communities Scheme

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Being an artist and parent in a city of riches? w/Tim Devin

  1. 1. part of ‘art’ conversations series for summer art, not-school http://small-workshop.info/sans2016/ being an artist and parent in a city of riches? w/Tim Devin [photo courtesy of Darci Hanna] [other photos from Tim Devin and Chris Berthelsen] Once you have a kid, you might not be able to do anything creative for a while, so are you still an artist?
  2. 2. part of ‘art’ conversations series for summer art, not-school http://small-workshop.info/sans2016/ Tim Devin is a Boston-based artist, librarian, parent and more. His work supports the need for information and feeling connected that are essential for people having a say in their communities and the world at large. The discussion starts from three points coming out of his project (co-organised with Greg Cook) "How to be an Artist and a Parent?":  how to be a "good parent" and also do the other stuff you need to do,  the question of what happens to a community life pressures slowly hinder people from being creative, and  the fact that both Boston and Auckland are going through huge transformations right now. This pamphlet of outtakes from the “How to be an Artist and a Parent” reports combines with an audio recording of a discussion between Tim Devin (Sommerville, Boston) and Chris Berthelsen (Mairangi Bay, Auckland) to form the basis of the summer art, not-school ‘art’ conversation. This pamphlet, the audio discussion, and (later) a document of the ‘art’ conversation can be downloaded at http://small-workshop.info/sans2016/
  3. 3. part of ‘art’ conversations series for summer art, not-school http://small-workshop.info/sans2016/ She could work from home after she had her children. “It worked really well,” she said, “until the kids started to walk and to talk.” You might not get to spend a lot of your energy writing poems, but you can always use that energy to raise your kid in a Becoming a parent has connected me w/ so many people in my neighborhood i never would've spoken to otherwise Being a parent can be a lens for connecting your creative works to the local environment
  4. 4. part of ‘art’ conversations series for summer art, not-school http://small-workshop.info/sans2016/ thoughtful, creative way “Give up and accept that you won’t be as productive.” Being an artist is challenging—it’s difficult to make money as well as make art. Adding a child to your life is both wonderful … and compounds the time squeeze we all face. Parenting can not only reduce the time we have to make art—but also the time to think about making art, time we need to develop ideas. The There are rich creative resources in our neighbourhoods that as a single person I just didn’t notice…
  5. 5. part of ‘art’ conversations series for summer art, not-school http://small-workshop.info/sans2016/ demands of raising children can feel isolating—taking up time we would have previously spent with friends. And becoming a parent often coincides with moving to new communities to raise our kids—moving away from our friends and support networks. identity is often tied to other people’s expectations. Two people talked about what a competitive sport parenting has become, and how there’s pressure to spend more and more energy on your kid to make sure they “succeed” With shorter blocks of time to make art, Thomas-Vickory started working on large drawings that would take weeks or months to finish. a few people said their artist-parent friends understand that you can’t make childhood all about future success—there has to be lots of play. raising a kid involves a lot of creativity, and this is an important part of being a good parent As a parent, I now have an ‘in’ to working with groups that may have viewed me with suspicion before…
  6. 6. part of ‘art’ conversations series for summer art, not-school http://small-workshop.info/sans2016/ goals and outcomes of being a parent. Like all parents, us creative folks try to plan for our kids’ futures, and worry about what’s going to happen. Interestingly enough, no one discussed saving for college or preparing a kid for a well-paying profession, which is something a lot of parents talk about when they discuss their kids’ future. having to get rid of their home studio to make room for baby, which affected how much work they can do, and what forms it can take. Jef’s solution is to keep all his stuff in a backpack, and go to local libraries to work. she began producing puppet shows for kids, since she now knew how much parents want kids programming and it seemed like a good opportunity. She said this was a little hard for her at first, since kids programming is generally looked down upon in the arts community—but that good work is always good work, no matter what people’s biases are. she began to spend more time producing other people’s work, since that’s still creative, but is less of a time commitment it can be hard to justify creative time to your partner, or even to yourself. “It’s hard to say I need to think about the stars now,” His solution lies in the fact that he walks a lot with his son; this gives Jef space to think about ideas. Of course, one way to get more time for your creative work is to involve your kids in whatever you’re doing. Jennifer talked about CWT’s kids programming, and how she and her husband involve their son as much as they can. Montford found work teaching at boarding schools because they offered a way to care for his kids As my children get older, I worry less and less about my ‘art’ being offensive and weird… but I still do worry!
  7. 7. part of ‘art’ conversations series for summer art, not-school http://small-workshop.info/sans2016/ and give them a safe campus environment where they were free to roam. Find a dedicated space for art making. Wallis notes that in her home she now has a studio “with a door that can shut.” “ It was always about food,” Montford said. To free up time from preparing food for the family each day—and use some of it instead for art-making—on Sundays he made meals for the entire week and then froze them for eating later. References Creative parenting, Somerville style https://howtobeanartistandaparent.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/creative-parenting-somerville-style/ 10 Ideas For How To Be An Artist And Parent http://gregcookland.com/wonderland/2015/05/22/artist-parent-talk-malden/ Resources https://howtobeanartistandaparent.wordpress.com/resources/ I found that my ‘Creative Powers’ have been heightened, along with my sense of urgency, and responsibility by becoming a parent… even if my time and money available have decreased.
  8. 8. part of ‘art’ conversations series for summer art, not-school http://small-workshop.info/sans2016/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [part of summer art, not-school 2016 | small-workshop.info/sans2016] [in collaboration with Mairangi Arts Centre, provided with support of Creative Communities Scheme] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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