Wednesday:) When Unity Comes From Community

16 Nov

“Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don’t talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.”

Jean Vanier

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The word “community” derives from the Old French comuneté, which comes from the Latin communitas “community”, “public spirit” (from Latin communis, “shared in common”).

Look closely at the word. What does it end with? Yes, UNITY. With unity, sharing and caring, these are the building blocks of any strong community.

We have been blessed here in McKinney with an extremely talented and generous arts community. As the city grows, so do the arts and activities available to residents. Sunday, I wrote a little bit about MAST, the McKinney Artist Studio Tour, which was amazing, by the way. But, today, I want to tell you a little bit about McKinney Creative Community.

I don’t remember the exact date that MCC started, but I remember being at the first brainstorming meetings for its creation. Michele Bernard and Tom Michero batted the idea around of having a monthly potluck get together for local artists, writers, musicians, and other creatives. The group has grown and evolved into a supportive and nurturing family of talented people who have only one goal… do what you love, love what you do, and share it with the world.

McKinney Creative Community is currently meeting the second Monday of the month at the Cove Art Gallery at 402 N Tennessee, just north of the square. We start with our pot luck around 5:30 or whenever you can get there. There are well over a thousand Facebook member and friends, so if you’re interested in a really warm and enthusiastic creative group to join, check out the Facebook page.

This month, our guest speaker was the talented and funny Sheri Bell. Sheri is an author, writer, editor and all around humorous lady. I think she should add stand-up comedy to her resume, but I think she’s already pretty busy.

Sheri talked to us about using “The Power of Story” to sell your art. Truth be told, most artists are great at creating wonderful art, but not so good at selling it or sharing it with the world. And another truth is, and if you’re an artist, you already know this, artists are constantly barraged with people and charities asking them to donate their work. Thus, the term, “Starving Artist.” Artists have trouble saying, NO.

The next big event is the Holiday Art Bazaar at Tupps Brewery on Dec. 2, from 12-9 pm. It’s a fun evening, plus, you get to drink beer. What a great combination. Cool art, crafts and cool beer.

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