An assemblage of work blurring all boundaries of high and low culture, insider and outsider, Carl gathered and curated elements from the Nashville community ranging from paintings and sculpture to protest posters and fanzines. Omitting the typical gallery title cards, all of the works stand on equal footing and invite you to simply discover and appreciate them free of conceptual constraint.
During the event, I got into a lively discussion with Carl and local artist and poet,Henry L. Jones, about the role of culture in creating lasting social change. For communities in crisis, whether it be violent Southside Chicago or meth-infected Appalachia, it has become clear that more policing and programming isn’t the answer.
The only way that we could see any substantive shifts happening is from within the culture, in the hearts and minds of those communities…or as I summed it up at one point in our discussion, “Inside is the only way out.”
And I think that’s true not just for communities, but for each one of us as individuals too.
We can pile on new habits or activities to address our issues until we’re blue in the face, but none of those will provide real solutions if we haven’t done our inner work first. It’s simply not sustainable if the heart and mind aren’t aligned. Focus on the inner game, and the outer game will follow.
Are there any ways you’ve been tying to police or program your way into the changes you envision for your life? How could you serve as an activist for change within the culture of your own mind and local community this week?
Make this week magnificent!