It’s been quite a tornado for the past few months. I can’t believe that I haven’t written a blog post for three months. I guess I have been a wee busy:
- 1st semester as a teaching assistant with my own lab
- My own school work
- my art work… filming… scheming… designing…
- oh and. . . a little side diversion to Las Vegas since the end of Feb.
My father became sick about two weeks ago and my parents live out here by themselves. It’s a tough situation out here for them, so my youngest brother and I came out to help my mom out while my dad was in the hospital. My other brother will be coming at a later date to help maneuver them into a good place. I won’t go into my dad’s surgery just yet, or their other stuff, because frankly, that is their stuff. I will say however that the systems in place for disabled/not-so-elder people is extremely frustrating. I am trying to make heads and tails about the systems here in Nevada, and I hate to say it, but I feel like Illinois with all of their issues seem to be more straight-forward. However, that is a WHOLE other conversation that may happen here in the future (once my mind has decompressed from this trip).
What I will say is that I stumbled on something that has been my saving grace this week. It’s a community art project called “The LifeCube Project“.
from their website:
THE LIFE CUBE PROJECT HAS TWO MISSIONS:
1) Encouraging people to write down what they want to accomplish in their lives; and
2) Connecting art with community, involving as many people as possible!
My first visit was on Saturday night with my one of my closest friends, Kelly. We have been friends since our 20′s and she has always been one of the most supportive people in my life that a girl can ever ask for. She flew out from LA to be with my mom and I during my dad’s intense surgery on Saturday. To say I was grateful is an understatement. My wife couldn’t be here because of the crazy cost to fly here from STL (crazy spring breakers) so to have Kel here with us during the wait was above and beyond one of the best things a friend has ever done for me. :) After the intensity of the day, I needed to decompress and I was so excited to visit the project for the first time with one of my besties.
We drove up to the parking lot, walked towards the cube and it was surrounded by artists adding their own artwork to each side of the cube. Paints and chalk are provided and visitors are encouraged to add their own flare to the piece. It was such a freeing moment after a day filled with so much stress.
I returned the next evening with my cousin who came to visit my dad. Again, it was a magical experience, and again artists were continuing to share their vision with the community.
again, from the website:
The Cube will be covered with murals and a tapestry of paintings by local students and artists, write boards for
interactive messaging, slots for dropping in written goals and wishes, and photographs of historic Las Vegas. It will
be filled with music on the weekends, and lit up at night like a rock concert. And after a month on site, we’ll burn it all
in a fiery ceremony on March 21st, 2014.
I plan on visiting every day and will continue to edit this post until the 21st with photos and maybe video from my visits every day.