Hello again. It’s good to be back here blogging for Creative Pinellas. As a 2018 Emerging Artist Grant recipient I spent my grant on the computer on which I’m typing this message and in the 3 years since I’ve written and/or compiled 3 books and countless other projects with it. So if you’ve any doubt what effect supporting artists can have, rest easy that like so many of you, we know how to be resourceful and make the most of the opportunities that come our way.
So welcome to my full circle moment. I’ll put it to good use. Promise.
Since last we met the world has shifted: the pandemic, the new political administration and strife of the last one, the deaths of myriad artistic icons and the birth of those we don’t yet know. 2018 and 2021 almost seem like disparate eras, but we’ve lived through them so know how similar and different they really are. It’s a lesson in life’s infinite capacity–as inspirational as it is challenging. I don’t know about you, but challenges and opportunities fill my terrain these days.
I’m pleased to say there’s a lot going on in my career at the moment and I look forward to sharing that with you. So stay tuned for more on my latest book, multimedia projects, writing practice, and why I do what I do.
Step in. I’ll hold this space so you don’t go splashing into the unintended, and together we’ll see what beauty and dangers lie ahead in this leg of the trip.
Tenea D. Johnson