From PL to CP: Reflections from Resident Alum Marcus Donaldson
Hey, y’all! Marcus here.
Listen, I’m really out here living my dreams. Earlier this year, People's Liberty invited me to extend my residency opportunity with the fine folks at Chase Public—a collaborative space for art and assembly. I’ve been at Chase Public for a couple months now and here are some highlights and things I’m learning:
We’re thinking a lot about the communities to which we belong, namely the local arts community and our geographic community of Camp Washington. Scott gives a great deal of careful consideration to thinking about Chase Public’s role in each, and I’ve been glad to imagine and brainstorm with him.
I’m learning the value of making time for creative practice during the workday. So far, I’ve used this time to read. As this experiment progresses, I’m hoping it will teach me something about productivity and help me devote more time to creating art.
Speaking of time, I’m learning I have to find new ways to manage it. This has been an ongoing challenge for me. I’m reminded it might be helpful to try returning to strategies and tactics I’ve used previously, but be unafraid to experiment with new methods.
I’ve been brushing up on some very basic video editing and, by extension, learning more about sound editing. There’s so much content to comb through, but it’s been I’ve been an eager participant and have enjoyed being stretched in this way.
Finally, I’ve curated my first poetry reading! Local poets Andrew Boettcher, Kate Fadick, and Rebecca Griswold shared poems at what was all of their first time reading at Chase Public. It was cool to actively help in expanding the roster of artists who’ve performed here and welcome new faces into the space.
I’m so looking forward to some additional projects in the works and I can’t wait to share more! Infinite thanks to the team at People’s Liberty for making this opportunity a possibility for me.