Back to Basics: The 3 R’s
Recovery, Relationships, Resources
Frauke Palmer, Facilitator
Pat Owoc, Workshop Leader, Advisor
November 3-5, 2022
Hampton Inn & Suites
Columbus University Area
3160 Olentangy River Road
Please call for Hotel Reservations by October 3, 2022 for the AQ2 group rate of $129.
These past 2-3 years have been hard. There is much we missed: getting together with family, participating in activities, visiting art museums, going out to dinner, etc., but here today we want to focus on another important aspect in our lives that was absent: interacting with friends. Friends are not a luxury; they are important to us, a necessity, central to our growth. They help us discover aspects of ourselves we otherwise may not have recognized. They help us face life’s turmoil; they contribute to our personal growth; they are even good for our health. Without friends we wither and fade away.
The New York Times recently had an op-ed piece by David Brooks discussing “a giant new study led by Raj Chetty of Harvard and three others [which] found that poor children who grew up in places where people have more friendships that cut across class lines earn a lot more as adults than children who don’t.” This effect is stronger than family, school quality, and greater if you develop these friends at a very young age.
It isn’t much of a stretch to claim that this power of a diverse circle of friends contributes to our success in later life as well. Many people argue that our friends have an impact on our health, especially as we age, and the circle of our friends naturally shrinks. AQN has played a role in keeping us connected for many years. Can we continue to find inspiration and support through this group in the years ahead?
At this retreat we will focus on ourselves, our friends, and institutions around us who have helped us on our odyssey as artists. Thursday’s activities will focus on opening up about ourselves and on recognizing what has motivated us in our art over the years. Then we will expand our focus to include a wider circle of friends and institutions that have been useful to us, especially during the pandemic when our usual activities were closed to us. On Saturday we will concentrate on AQN, what it has meant to us as members, and how it can continue to be useful to us in the future.
On the way we will work on our recovery from the past turmoil, we will examine how our relationships have changed, and we will expand our knowledge of the resources available to us for our odyssey into new creativity and the role AQN can play to expand our horizons in the future.
The goal of this retreat to provide participants with a relaxed, friendly environment in which to re-establish connections that have been severed these last many (long) months.
Some activities have been planned, but they are mainly vehicles through which we can re- establish contact as well as plan for the future.
Each table will have a pile of tools in the middle – pencils, paper, fabric, etc. – that participants can use to express themselves through drawing or creating during the entire retreat. This should help us open up as we reflect on our lives as artists. The Swap Table is also designed to help foster this process of adventurous, playful creation by providing us with new materials, ones we don’t usually utilize. As we close the retreat on Saturday at dinner these creations will be a concrete outcome of the retreat or perhaps the inspiration for some new work.