Updated: Mar 8, 2019
"I want to sit under my own vine and fig tree, a moment alone in the shade, at home in this nation we've made." There is a "dream of a common language" in the spirit in all of us that hopes to exist peacefully in a place where we feel valued, safe, and connected to something greater than ourselves. Painfully, in a world of difference there is misunderstanding, the ache of loneliness, and a disorienting anxiety from the struggle for survival. Fear of the unknown can feel like an overwhelming obstacle to bridging divides, but artists have learned that it is in the unknown where anything is possible.
Artists dedicate their selves to their work because they discovered the secret art holds to our human survival of the unknown - it's not done by fighting against it, but by working with it. The secret is it only takes a little chance on sharing what you have to offer when someone asks a question, and respecting the offerings of others when you have one yourself. There's a reason why they call it the Golden Rule, because when artists have nothing, speak different languages, and are hiding in bomb shelters no matter where on Earth, it is the treasure that sustains their connection to each other and their ability to collaborate and overcome on the spot. Even in solitude, the artist instinctively works with the environment their partner in a relationship of give and receive
That same spirit is alive and well in Las Vegas, and it offers the hope that has written our American story. Every July that we wake up in the Mojave is a defiance of the impossible, and the result of countless shared visions put into action. How can we continue to build on the best of this legacy of overcoming toge