Dear Lonely Arts Club,
It’s time to change things up around here. After 9 months of giving birth to my sweet baby Lonely Arts Club, there are things that remain tried and true, and things that I’ve tried that don’t feel like they’re meaningful for the goals of this club. I’m going to make this short and sweet, because we want the content – the meat and potatoes – and not an over-explanation of things (I’m looking at you, string beans).
TLDR: I’m getting rid of stuff that doesn’t work / feel right anymore, and focusing in on what will make this thing sustainable.
HERE WE GO:
First things first, I’m getting rid of the monthly calendar. It is not a main focus of Lonely Arts Club, which is introducing you to the artists and art of this community personally! Copy and pasting things into a calendar doesn’t make it substantial. So, if you send me dates to things, please note that I’m not going to utilize them in a calendar. Instead, think about how we can create a really cool blog post for it.
Secondly, Interviews: It would be really cool to see you interview each other. I want to interview you too. I genuinely want to get to know you and your important place in this Seattle community, you feel me? I can always provide guidelines and ideas if needed. The interviews can be timely so they can correspond with the events that are being talked about! Better than a copy and paste calendar, let me tell you!
Thirdly, Reviews: I want reviews with a unique personal spin on them. Something a little different. Also, I sometimes can pay you in free tickets in this regard. So if you find something you’d like to see, I can reach out and see if I can get you free tickets as a press-person.
Fourthly, Personal Essays: About being an artist, living in this city, trying something and succeeding or failing, etc. I want interesting perspectives about being you in this creative place.
Fifthly, I need to get out of my comfort zone. I’m stuck in my head a lot. I’ve given too much energy to creating this thing without actually experiencing the stuff I’m writing about. I need to DO THIS STUFF. If you want me to accompany you to a show, or if you’d like to invite me to one of your events, I am going to try and make a concerted effort to get out of my cocoon and be a more active part of this community that I love from a tender distance. I live up north now, so it’s going to be difficult, but I’m going to try my best!
THIS IS IT! I don’t want to make it complicated. When I first started this venture, I was shooting to be the next “City Arts” or “The Stranger” (HARDY HAR HAR) but Lonely Arts Club isn’t either of those things, ultimately. I’m trying to give it focus and drive to be its own unique stamp in this moment and time.
Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas you’d like to run by me. I’m ready to grow and learn and make Lonely Arts Club sustainable long term and a place for everyone to feel right at home.
Sarah E. Miller