It's been a long and winding journey. Now let's go save the world.
About Pam Consear, founder of All Hands Art:
I'm an artist and a writer. That sounds simple enough, but claiming those two titles has taken Herculean effort, believe me! (You can read more about the journey here.)
I created All Hands Art because I believe this:
- You are a creative being, by virtue of being human. All of your ancestors were makers. Despite what our culture tells you, you don't have to just watch and consume. You can make stuff.
- You really should make stuff. Not because I'm telling you to, but because you'll be your healthiest, whole-est self when you do. There's a price to pay when you deny your creative impulses or lock them away inside you. They fester and turn into things like tears and anxiety and even cancer (read about mine here) and perhaps internet trolling (again, mine here).
- The rest of us humans need that thing you're going to make, so please share it with us. If you don't, who will? No one else's will be like yours—imperfections and all—so why not get started?
That's my recipe for healing the world: Make art. Share what you make.
So what does All Hands Art do?
We get art supplies in people's hands, and their hands on a canvas or mosaic project or some such thing. Our work is geared toward people who've shied away from art but remain curious about it. That's a whole lotta you folks!
And we write. I've wanted to be a writer for almost as long as I've wanted to be an artist. Currently I'm writing about my crazy, decades-long journey from closeted wannabe artist to public muralist; about how 15 years ago I was a puddle of freaked out tears preparing for my first cafe art exhibit (the audacity! what was I thinking??), and then in December 2017 I led my 70th mural project. Seventieth. Seven-zero. Working with over 4,000 volunteers along the way, most of whom were just as scared as I had been for so many years, thinking they had no creative ability.
I write about stuff like that.
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