Being a creative pioneer means taking that passion and embracing it in all aspects of your life. Do you have what it takes to become a creative pioneer?
How to spot a budding creative pioneer
Do you care about arts and culture?
Are you the one always itching to go to the new art gallery exhibition that has just opened or buy tickets to see live music?
Do you love the international film festival or is it painting, drawing, crafting that is your thing?
Perhaps you find beauty in public art or murals?
The arts mean different things for all of us. Many of us have a deep passion for the arts but have ended up down different paths. And no wonder – it’s hard to be a creative. But being creative adds so much value to our lives and the lives of others. And we need people to pioneer creative change in workplaces, communities, and our cities.
Soon you will find others around you who share or are inspired by your creative passion and you will start to create a tribe of changemakers around you. Even if you are not the creative pioneer yourself, foster the ambitions of those who are. Support their ideas and goals. Watch and see as the arts transform aspects of your life.
The journey isn’t easy. As a creative pioneer, you understand and value the arts, in ways others do not. Part of the job is changing people’s mindsets, seeing the importance of culture in our lives, and being willing to call out when things aren’t right.
Being a creative pioneer means taking that passion and embracing it in all aspects of your life. It means fostering the arts, encouraging its growth, and sparking change in your community.
4 steps to become a creative pioneer
1. Start a creative project
This could be curating an art show, starting a community theatre play, jumping into a ceramic-making course. Identify your passion and grow something.
2. Bring creativity into your workspace
Encourage a corporate art collection, fill your desk with art, draw out problems, encourage creative employee experiences.
3. Speak up when arts are devalued
Always pay for artists’ work, call out poor creative leadership, sign petitions and support art groups monetarily or through your time.
4. Ask questions and keep learning
Start a course, write a blog, record your project, and share it with people. Mentor others.
Bringing it all together – it is about finding value and synergies in the organisation you are working in, working with a team that values art and culture, learning from them and then going into a role that has no creative mentorship and you will be the creative pioneer. The first step is to gain your confidence and take on this role in our society. If you sit back, you will lawn mower over, as you have on many occasions. If you don’t speak up and tell your truth about what you believe, you need to put a line in the sand.
Are you ready to become a creative pioneer?