Reflections on our First Year
2014 was a very exciting year for us at Ash Street Project. In some ways we found that the project drove itself, morphing organically and helping us to see what it was people were looking for and how we could adapt to provide that. In January, we were still building out the space while welcoming our first participants. Fortunately they proved to be not only resilient, but helpful in taking up slack where we needed the help. We will always be a work in progress!
A wonderful group formed organically, encompassing artists from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Along with our mentee Aldin Huff, visiting artist Matt Causey ended up staying on as a resident for the year, Brett Binford and Chris Lyon joined us from Mudshark Studios, and John Shea and Ted Vogel spent extended periods of time at Ash Street working out new ideas. This all was peppered with visiting artists and community night class members. It was wonderful to see all these threads woven together. Lunchtime organically grew into a daily brown bag event, often including members of the community who would pop in to visit or discuss issues. Our third Thursday evening "Conversations" provided us with an opportunity to spread our wings and meet with artists from many disciplines throughout the community.
This inaugural year has truly been better than we could have imagined. Now, with our first mentee officially finished, we look ahead to our Summer Invitational Session (more on that soon) followed by a new group of mentees come September.
Thank you to each and every one of you who helped support Ash Street during our first year!