These principles are meant to act as a guide to create an environment which encourages, inspires, and sustains truth, understanding, community, and the actualization of art. If transparency and vulnerability are fundamental to verbal communication, then how much more in art?
- The act of creation is the state of being closest to presently experiencing the world in which we live. Creating art is communion in its purest form. In actively making art, one can more fully understand the work of others and the motives behind others’ work. The act of making and analyzing art can make one more perceptive to and understanding of another’s worldview and personal story. Critically viewing and discussing art can result in supporting and encouraging conversation, understanding, and community on a local and global level.
- In creating we both experience and interpret our world. We find ourselves caught in the tension of making and receiving, which is central to community and human life. At the junction of experience and interpretation, we can accept our surroundings for what they truly are. We can then examine them in order to contribute to our environment in a positive, constructive way.
- When one is actively creating, one is more able to see the beauty of the world in which we live. Through experience and examination, we engage with Creation and closely examine its intricacies and structures, and can be open to its awe-inspiring forces.
- Symbols and innuendo can be misinterpreted. Preconceptions can be blinding. Context and meaning are often lost in translation. Art as a layering of explicit visual language is an experiment in facilitating mutual understanding. The formal design elements and a record of process are indispensable tools for organizing ideas and interpretations into a symbolic language which connects with the human spirit and invites the viewer to participate and engage with the act of creation.
- Whenever possible, art should be treated as a service and not as a product. Art is better appreciated and of more value to a society when it is perceived as experiential rather than as a commodity.