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On April 6, Show Up for Public Art

Noel Bermudez

The ARTree Communications Chair

My fellow Santa Claritans, I ask you to consider public art. Is art a sculpture on a highway median or a mural on a wall? Is it a concert in the park or a play in the foothills? The City of Santa Clarita wants to know your answer. What is public art to you? Is it important to have it in the lives of your children, your neighbors, and your community?

On Monday, April 6, 6:30pm at the Activities Center, you will have a real opportunity to tell the city want it should do about public art. Santa Clarita is creating an Arts Master Plan. It will direct the city’s spending on art for the next ten years. That’s a long time. And, as hard as it is to believe, the city wants the input of citizens from across the valley. The writers of this master plan will get ideas from many sources, but the most important source is us – the folks who live, play, drive, work and go to school here.

Do we want more concerts, support for art non-profits, public sculptures or murals, an arts center or a theater? These are just a few of the ideas that have been discussed recently by art supporters. But that’s not the full list. Priorities will be determined by what you have to say, but you can’t say it if you are not there.

Mark your calendar. Monday, April 6, 6:30pm, at the City of Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. Be there and be heard. Woody Allen said that eighty percent of success is showing up. You can bet that the ARTree and our supporters will be showing up. Will you?

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Guest Speaker Series – Jeudi Cornejo Brealey

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Jeudi Cornejo Brealey

This month we explore the joys of creativity within a unique Santa Clarita family. Performer and artist Jeudi Cornejo Brealey weaves music and narrative into her one-woman cabaret shows. She is also a busy mother rearing two very active and creative teenage sons. Jeudi will tell us how she succeeds at both making art and nurturing a family when she presents to us at the next ARTree Speaker Series.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 6:30pm – Old Town Newhall Library

No charge for admission, your support always welcome.

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On Integrating Art & Life

Jeudi Cornejo Brealey

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I love behind-the-scenes photos of artists’ studios. So, why in this era of social media, do I keep my own process private-ish? Like most artists, I’m an entrepreneur. And artists, especially performing artists, believe that we have to create a persona, or brand image, that’s polished, slick and representative of where you’re going, than where you are. I get that. It’s not so much "fake till you make it,” as it is envisioning your future and conveying that message to everyone who follows, likes, tweets, pins you, or, actually shows up to see your work!

Opportunities to create, control, market and crowd-fund your art are unprecedented. Technology’s a great democratizer, but, for solo-preneurs, there’s a compulsion to operate a virtual PR machine at the same pace as the people who have people. When do you create your art?

As a multi-disciplinary artist + wife + mother of twins with special needs, I can’t compartmentalize things. It’s easiest to integrate life and work. It all gets swirled together and really colorful, but that’s fabulous. I like the swirly, colorful parts. It means that now, as my kids are teens, I find myself at the crossroads of "emerging artist" and "encore career".

Hello?! What’s an Emerging Encore Career? What does that look like?! Maybe that looks like Julia Child, or Georgia O’Keefe, or Maya Angelou. These remarkable artists had late breakthroughs based on years of dedication. Maybe it looks like me: Sometimes polished, sometimes not-so-much, but always wearing bright, red-lipstick and a hat. (Usually many hats.)

I’ve a bountiful backlog of ideas in varying stages of development. I’m always creating, but things take longer to get onstage. To get a fuller behind-the-scenes look at my process, come to my ARTree talk Thursday, March 26, 6:30PM, at the Old Town Newhall Library. Till then, "Think big picture, work little picture."