Being in a community of artists is about being a part of something bigger than yourself or the other artists. It’s about creation of something tangible that stirs up emotions in the audience as well as the artists. Everyone is working toward a common goal, whether or not the work is collaborative. The goal is to create. In a community of artists, your art is accepted and appreciated, and you can also accept and appreciate others and their work. The space allows for a conversation, and to me, that’s the most important thing about being in a community of artists. As a writer, I rarely if ever get to talk about my work or others’ work. When you’re in a community of artists, conversations like this are commonplace, and I believe these conversations are an integral part of the community as well as the artists’ work.
Laura Flowers is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing. She is the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Best Overall Creative Writing Award at UA. Her cat is named Indiana-Joan-Jet-Lee-Ann-Rimes Flowers (Indie for short), and the two enjoy playing fetch.