Community Code Day

Later on today, I'll be participating in Community Code Day at Keyano College, an "event for people who choose to learn because they can, and build because they love it." I know sweet nothing about computer coding, but their theme for this year, ARTS and CULTURE, lends itself to my presence.  I'm doing a one hour session on the business of the arts.

Photo by Justin Pulongbarit
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Rather than going up and lecturing for 60 minutes, I'm going to do something a little different.  I've decided to paint something in hopes of inspiring a dialogue about the business of the arts.  I'll have my subject completely drawn out at the start of the session and will hopefully get it mostly done within the block of time that I've been given.

Rather than using a Powerpoint, I'm going to sketch out a few themes and lessons on scraps of cardboard and have them up in the space.  I'll paint. I'll talk. The participating students will watch and ask questions.

The things that have made me successful and have enabled me to do art on a full-time basis are totally applicable to almost any kind of business pursuit.  My thought is that if they get to watch me do my thing and are able to ask spontaneous questions in the moment, the ideas might penetrate more deeply.

What am I going to paint?  Great question.  Because of the time limitation and the fact that I would be talking at the same time, it needs to be something that allows me to easily play.  With that in mind, I'm returning to my old friend Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster.  However, I'm referencing a slightly different photo and layout.


My thanks to Youth Computing, BrainSTEM Alliance and the Keyano College Regional Innovation Network for inviting me to be a part of this exciting event.

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