Podcast: Nurture your community

Community is different from audience–and more valuable to you. Listen to find out why.


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6 comments to Podcast: Nurture your community

  • I only just found there is a real psychological/physical reason that I cannot recognize people. It’s called Face Blindness, or Prosopagnosia. “Most people expect to be recognized within a tenth of a second. “She looked straight at me.” is almost considered synonymous with “She must have recognized me.”. This is usually no problem when you have a working automatic face processor in your brain. It will recognize any known face within that time. For a face-blind person however that face processor does not work, and all alternative methods of identifying someone are usually much slower. After recognizing someone you are supposed to greet him or her. If you fail to do that within a second or two, your friend may laugh and say you must have been lost in thought. If you fail to greet them within 5 seconds, they will wonder what is wrong. If this happens several times, they will very likely stop greeting you. When that happens you will probably have lost a friend, for you will not be able to find them again.” See: http://www.prosopagnosia.com/

  • This week’s newsletter really resonates with me. I was watching U23D the other week and I was envious of the interaction that a performer has with his audience. When your work is in a gallery, so often you aren’t there to hear their comments or to feel the vibe like you can at a concert. So I found it interesting that you viewed it the opposite. It really makes me think more about it from other perspectives. Also, this week the blog experiment that I’m participating in (http://chuckwestbrook.com/introducing-richard-millington-and-feverbee/) is featuring a blog about building your own online community. Participating in my local community is something that I’m trying to do more and more of, so this synchronicity really makes sense right now.

  • Dear Alyson, I have been following your blog for well over a year now and I just wanted to thank you for all the great information that you share with us each week. It has been invaluable to me, a young emerging artist, because when I was in art school I didn’t get any training on the business of being an artist. Thank you so much for the hours and experience you give us here on your blog and in other places. It has moved me from sitting and worrying about being an artist to actually doing the work and moving forwards towards my goals which I set in part because of your advice. Thank you so much, Laura

  • Alyson B. Stanfield

    Melissa: Interesting. I wonder how common that is. Wendy: Check back with us and tell us how the community-building thing is going. It’s also kind of interesting to realize that your art communicates whether or not you are there with it.

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