Why do we create? This is a question that has fascinated me (and I know I am not alone) since I was young. What drives us to make? What power does creating hold, and how can we harness it? Beyond creating something beautiful, moving, shocking, or ugly, what greater impact can our creative discipline have on those around us? Recently I have been spending time with artists in my community, hearing them ask questions like this, and the discussion is always so rich, multi-dimensional, and beautiful. It is wonderful to encourage one another, and even more, to start to understand one another more deeply through this process of creating.
It would be easy to draw lines between ourselves as creative people, to view each other as competition only or to compare ourselves to someone. The truth? There is always going to be someone farther along on their journey than you, and there is always going to be someone who is behind you on the road. The question is, will you reach for them and ask, “What can I learn from you?” and “How can I serve you?” or will you put your head down and keep walking on the road by yourself? This is a question I have had to ask myself, and each time I reach out I am so grateful that I did.
Enter Why We Create, a new project I’m embarking on to get to know fellow creatives across my community and, God willing, across the world.
What are the goals of Why We Create?
I am pursuing this project because I want to carve out a space for creatives to talk about their reasons for creating in a meaningful way. Hopefully this dialogue will help the creatives to better understand their own processes while creating a rich community where we can get to know creatives from different disciplines and support each others’ creative pursuits. It is my hope that WHY WE CREATE will be a generative community of artists building one another up in physical communities and a worldwide community of artists leveraging social media to encourage one another.
What will Why We Create look like?
For now, this project will exist through interviews and essays on this blog as well as on the Instagram community page, @whywecreate, where I’ll share snippets from interviews and also feature photos that people tag with #whywecreate. It is my dream that in the future we can pursue projects and maybe even exhibits with one another. I would love to see this turn into a podcast down the road – we’ll see what kind of response comes out of the project. Small groups will be pursuing reading books together on creativity and the impact of art on culture.
How can I get involved?
- If you would like to be interviewed, please email me at hello AT kellykrusecreative.com with the subject: Why We Create. I will do my best to honor your request and I will get back to you within one week to give you your blog schedule date and get you questions. Why We Create is a project for all creatives: writers, poets, artists, musicians, makers of any kind.
- Get featured on the Instagram page by following @whywecreate and using the hashtag #whywecreate
- Do you like to write? Submit an essay for inclusion in my essay series. The topics should contribute to the goals mentioned above.
- Why we create studies: If you are interested in reading/discussing a book together or getting more information on upcoming studies, email me.
I look forward to embarking on this journey with all of you and getting to know many new souls.