One of the benefits of being a Raleigh PR agency is that when we need creative inspiration, all we have to do is walk out our door and rely on our highly innovative, imaginative and artistic community. From places such as Artspace (which I’m happy to support as a new board member) to regular events like First Fridays and annual happenings such as SparkCon, there’s no shortage of thought-provoking visuals and activities.
In addition to hearing Mayor McFarlane speak during PechaKucha night, attending the worldwide book release of “Man v. Liver” at the Mahler Fine Art Gallery, checking out a Civil Rights photo exhibition and getting a front row seat to the creation of some pretty awesome sidewalk art, our team attempted to answer the question “What Are Your Roots,” an exhibition at CAM.
I think their answers demonstrate the whole point of why we regularly push our chairs away from our desks, silence our mobile devices and get out there and allow our community to open our minds and motivate us to see things in a different light.
An exploration of the cotton growth cycle and the roots of the community, the What Are Your Roots? SPARKcon art exhibit at CAM Raleigh, asked viewers to pause and answer that exact question: What are your roots? From pictures of states and people to witty poems, sayings and drawings, the people that participated in this exhibit showed just why Raleigh is so great – we are a diverse and creative and thoughtful and, most importantly (to me, at least), fun community.
At first sight, the starkness of the mural left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. While the seven cotton-plant sculptures were impressive, the surrounding scribbles were reminiscent of a middle school bathroom stall. Though some had bulleted lists of cities, schools and memories alongside envy-inducing artistic sketches, others had all but graffitied the wall with profane words and drawings.
It took a moment for my thoughts to settle before my golf pencil scribbled down its own answer. Rooted in neighborhood cookouts; “swimmers, take your mark;” camp songs; concerts and laughter. Backing away, I once again tried to piece together a coherent opinion of the mural, and my thoughts returned to how gutsy Christina Preher and Kilara Le were to allow others to take over their work, particularly when many seemed to have not taken their “what are your roots?” question seriously.
But maybe that was the point. To lose control. After all, creativity doesn’t come in cookie-cutter form, nor does it have to take things seriously. So, just as a person’s roots stem from a person’s sense of belonging in a community or place, this wall became the place where anyone’s answer would belong. And there’s inarguable beauty in that.
Where will you find inspiration this week?