Minnesota is extremely supportive of the arts. There is less competitive environment and lower cost of living. For me that means more freedom as a creative person. I can spend a lot of time exploring, observing, and participating in the world around me without having to worry about being productive. There are also a lot of opportunities. I am trying to learn how to say no--there are many ways to work as a creative person in Western Minnesota, but no one can do everything. I am surprised at how I’ve had to be selective. There are so many things one can do! It really has surpassed my expectations.
I had one of the most surprising weeks of my life recently, it started by performing in a site specific original musical with Place/base productions, attending a “conversation with poets” at SMSU, then connecting with a Micronesian master navigator and Twin cities Professor Vince Diaz, who specializes in traditional canoe building from the Caroline Islands to host a hands-on demonstration in Milan, and finished with teaching a Haiku-inspired micro workshop for my friend’s live recording of his podcast Interesting People Reading Poetry. Celebrated by getting a beer at the local microbrewery Talking Waters. I would have never expected a week like that when I moved here.