💕Community over Competition
Dear Creative Collaborators,
Thank you for your presence in person and in spirit at the Grand Opening of All Hands last Friday. It felt amazing to be seen and supported. And my most heartfelt thanks for your compassionate responses to last week’s letter about my brother Evan. This week I want to remove myself from the spotlight and shine it on this wonderful town of ours. But first a quick story!
When I was in the 4th grade, I decided to run for student council. My mother supported the idea, as long as I made campaign posters for everyone else running as well. So I did. And the lesson that stuck with me from that experience is that we rise by lifting others. Oh, and that polarizing contests for power are inherently flawed approaches to governance. George Washington tried to warn us…
Capitalism, not unlike partisan politics, has an unsettling tendency to reduce complex human beings into mere consumers and promote a scarcity mindset that pits similar businesses (or candidates) against each other. This anxiety-inducing, competitive survival mode creates the stressful pace of life that so many of us turn to art or meditation or nature just to recover from and stay afloat. So it's needless to say been very heartening to witness a sincere striving among Santa Cruz small businesses to place community over competition. All Hands, in name and in practice, stands for a culture of mutual support, and it feels timely to acknowledge and celebrate the impressive ecosystem of handcraft and art education businesses and organizations across Santa Cruz County that we have the privilege to be a part of. We are more because of each other, not less.
Below is a list of an awesome variety of local venues that provide opportunities for creating by hand, either regularly or on occasion.
[*-offers classes for youth and/or children]
<<Santa Cruz City>>
PS. If you know of any workshop spaces that I’ve left out, please let me know!
PPS. Congratulations to Vanessa Sacoto for winning a year’s worth of workshops at All Hands!!! You can find her at @nuestracosa on Instagram.