Why We Create

Making things, sharing your voice, putting yourself out there is – to put it bluntly- hard as hell. It hurts, even in the best of times, to make yourself available to the world at large. Sure, the world at large may never see your practice doodles, or hear the way you stutter over a monologue, but the thought, the fear, of being heard can hold us back from creating something beautiful. Now, faced with the¬†worst¬†of times, that fear feels compounded in me. I needed a push. I needed to know – to hear – that it’s ok to want to make something even if it isn’t always great.

Creators just are. Creators are always creators, no matter what time it is in the world around them. I’m so thankful to have access to some folks who are putting themselves out there every single day and changing lives in the process through their art and audacity. Here’s what they said about why they create:

 

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Black Women’s Lives Matter

Black Men’s Lives Matter

Black Children’s Lives Matter

Black Gay Lives Matter

Black Lesbian Lives Matter

Black Trans Lives Matter

Black Non-Binary Lives Matter

Black ACE Lives Matter

Black Disabled Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter.