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Week One of the Artist's Way Project 

This week we focused on the idea of creativity blocks. 


In Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way, she suggests that our creative self is often buried beneath layers of cultural conditioning and other people's expectations. These external influences can shape our perception of what it means to be creative and influence our own sense of identity as artists. Growing up, we receive messages that being creative was a nice hobby but not a practical career choice. The emphasis was often placed on traditional academic subjects and career paths that were deemed more stable and secure. These messages influenced our own sense of identity as an artist, causing self-doubt and hesitation in pursuing creative endeavors.

In the chapter on "Recovering a Sense of Identity," Cameron encourages readers to reconnect with their childhood creative activities. As a child, often many of our favorite creative activities included drawing, writing stories, and making up plays with friends. However, over time, these activities took a backseat as we become more focused on meeting societal expectations. Reflecting on these childhood passions helps us rediscover the pure joy and uninhibited expression that comes with creative pursuits.

Cameron argues that "the creative child is alive in each of us." This statement means that regardless of age, we all possess an innate capacity for imagination, curiosity, and artistic expression. Connecting with our own creative inner child involves giving myself permission to play, explore, and take risks in my artistic endeavors. It means embracing a sense of wonder, curiosity, and the freedom to create without judgment or self-imposed limitations.

"The Imagination Vacation" exercise in the chapter encourages envisioning an ideal creative life.  It may include a dedicated studio space where I can immerse myself in my craft and have uninterrupted time to explore new ideas. To move closer to this vision, a person can prioritize carving out regular time for creative work, seeking opportunities for collaboration, and creating a supportive environment that nurtures artistic growth.

Cameron emphasizes the importance of giving ourselves permission to be creative. To give yourself permission to pursue my creative dreams and aspirations, we can set aside dedicated time for artistic pursuits, surround myself with supportive and like-minded individuals, and challenge any self-imposed limitations or doubts. Embracing a mindset of self-compassion, acknowledging the value of my creative voice, and valuing your artistic journey are essential steps in granting ourselves self-permission to fully embrace and pursue my creative path.

One of the core themes in the chapter is that creativity requires courage. This statement means that it takes bravery to step outside of our comfort zones, take risks, and share our creative work with the world. Demonstrating courage in our own creative work means being vulnerable, embracing failure as a learning opportunity, and persisting even in the face of self-doubt or external criticism. It means pushing past fear and allowing my authentic creative voice to shine through.

Overall, Julia Cameron's teachings in "Recovering a Sense of Identity" resonate with embracing our true creative selves, reconnecting with our innate imaginative spirit, and giving ourselves permission to pursue our artistic passions. By recognizing and challenging external influences and self-imposed limitations, we can tap into our creative potential, cultivate courage, and create a fulfilling and authentic artistic life.

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Photos and Documentation of the Week 
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Artist Date Ideas Week Two:

Create an outdoor art installation: Find a spot in nature—a beach, a park, or a forest—and create your own temporary art installation using natural materials


Explore a new art medium: Challenge yourself by trying a new art medium or technique that you've never explored before. 


Take a scenic photography hike: Combine your love for nature and photography by going on a hike in a scenic location. 


Experiment with art in unconventional spaces: Step outside the traditional studio setting and create art in unconventional spaces. Set up an easel in a park, paint on large-scale canvases in your backyard, or engage in street art with temporary chalk creations on sidewalks.


Explore architectural marvels: Visit renowned architectural sites, such as historic buildings, modern landmarks, or iconic structures in your area.

What is an Artist Date? 

In Julia Cameron's book "The Artist's Way," an "artist date" is a key tool for unlocking creativity and fostering inspiration. Essentially, an artist date is a solo excursion that you take for the purpose of nurturing your creative side.

During an artist date, you do something that inspires you or sparks your imagination. This could be anything from visiting a museum or art gallery, taking a long walk in nature, or exploring a new part of town. The key is to do something that you find enjoyable and that gets your creative juices flowing.

The purpose of an artist date is to provide you with the time and space you need to connect with your inner artist and fuel your creativity. By taking this time for yourself and engaging in activities that you find inspiring, you'll be able to recharge your creative batteries and tap into your innate creativity.

Artist dates are meant to be fun and enjoyable, so it's important to choose activities that you genuinely enjoy and that speak to your interests. With regular artist dates, you'll find that your creative well is constantly being refilled, and you'll be better equipped to approach your artistic endeavors with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Everyone has the capacity for creativity, and like a muscle, it needs to be exercised regularly to develop and improve. Whether it's coming up with new ideas, solving problems, or expressing oneself through art, music, or writing, creativity is an essential aspect of human life.

Join us in this project and make a conscious effort to engage in creative activities. Let's see what happens when we do creatives practices across the city how it can enhance our lives and the city in ways we never thought possible.

Discussion Questions from the Book 

Please explore our discussion questions.  If you would like to partake in these questions in a group setting, please join our facebook group!  We discuss all of these together, one a day, and invite any and all thoughts.  

Rosa Parks Circle Event - Monday, June 19, 6-8pm

In Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way, the concept of creativity blocks is thoroughly explored in Week Two, aptly titled "Recovering a Sense of Identity." Cameron dedicates this chapter to helping individuals identify and overcome the barriers that inhibit their creative expression.

She emphasizes that creativity blocks often stem from deep-seated fears, self-doubt, and past negative experiences that have stifled our artistic impulses. These blocks can manifest as inner critics, perfectionism, comparison to others, or even practical concerns like lack of time or resources. Cameron recognizes that these obstacles can be pervasive and hinder our ability to fully tap into our creative potential.

To address creativity blocks, Cameron encourages her readers to engage in various exercises and activities. These include morning pages—stream-of-consciousness writing done daily—as a means to clear mental clutter and confront self-doubt. She also introduces the concept of artist dates, dedicated times to nurture our inner artist and explore new sources of inspiration.

Cameron's chapter on creativity blocks emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and dismantling these barriers. She offers strategies to confront and overcome fears, fostering a sense of self-compassion and resilience. Through guided reflection, writing exercises, and creative rituals, Cameron empowers individuals to dismantle the inner critic, cultivate self-belief, and reclaim their artistic identities.

Our work at Rosa Parks Circle in relation to Cameron's chapter aligns with her teachings. By inviting the public to physically build towers representing their creative blocks and then knocking them down, we provided a tangible and transformative experience. This embodied approach resonates with Cameron's belief in active engagement and reclaiming one's creative power. It mirrors her emphasis on confronting and dismantling creativity blocks as a necessary step toward creative liberation.

The experiential nature of our activity further reinforces Cameron's message that creativity is an embodied process. By engaging in physical actions that mirror the psychological and emotional journey of overcoming blocks, participants gain a deeper understanding of their personal barriers and are empowered to move past them.

Our work at Rosa Parks Circle aligns with Julia Cameron's chapter on creativity blocks, offering a practical and transformative approach to breaking free from artistic limitations and rediscovering the joy and authenticity of creative expression.

Community Events

We will be hosting work within the community.  This may be at a partner location, at a park, on streets or sidewalks, or simply at home or wherever you are.  

We will also be releasing community questions on a variety of google forms.  Keep your eyes peeled for that! 

Additional Resources 

Here we will be sharing research and videos on the various weeks.  In the meantime, check out our blog post below on why this project is important right now.  

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