Typically, an artist’s toolbox contains a wide variety of paints, painting tools, sometimes removable drawers, or other compartments for items such as charcoal or erasers and even sandpaper. Literally speaking, an artist’s toolbox contains the exact equipment an artist might need in order to create art. Here, however, we are exploring what an artist toolbox can be figuratively speaking. So, metaphorically, what tools can be found in an artist’s storage case that can be used to make them a better creator?
Our mission at Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego is to prepare San Diego creatives and creative administrators with opportunities for professional development and leadership training through grants, seminars, workshops, mentorship programs, and networking events. That mission is what drives us to move forward, and we want to introduce more learning opportunities in new ways, and that means becoming more accessible and finding a way to share our resources online.
Our artist’s toolbox will be a way for us to connect, not only with each other, but with artists of all types: from fine arts to performing arts to visual arts, and more. With the artist’s toolbox, we mean to present interviews with local San Diego artists and teachers, as well as highlighting small businesses throughout the county and seeing what sort of projects and products they are coming up with.
Through the years at Rising Arts Leaders, we have hosted informal networking opportunities such as mixers and arts hours, and these occasions have proven to be invaluable experiences. Being able to connect with other innovators will only add to the resources that are already in our toolkits by providing individual and professional development.