By Lisa Coscino, SFSNAD Executive Director
As we prepare for the next wave of whatever Covid's next variant throws our way, I have been thinking a lot about the individual and societal changes we are experiencing as a result of this pesky pandemic. Do you notice any changes in your neighborhood, town, family or self? In San Francisco where I live, there seems to be a ping pong game being played outside my door: "I'm never going back to working onsite" vs "I wanna throw it all away and live on an island" - (this second group may be responding to more than the pandemic!) In either case, so many of my close friends and family (including my kids!) are considering making some big changes in their lives. And many of these have to do with careers. Everything seems so up in the air right now to me. Does it to you?
Lucy Barter, Memphis Belle, (detail)
Up in the air. This phrase refers to unsettled particles or matter as something that is floating in the air. “In the air” has been used with a similar meaning since the mid 1700s, and this exact phrase has been in use since the first half of 1900s. I like the idea of life floating in the air. Choices floating in space, suspended until I choose one or the other, or until something heavy settles. I have done my fair share of pivoting - in life and career - before Covid - and I doubt I will stop now. But where before I was considered a risk taker by my friends and family when I quit a job without another one lined up, or moved cross country (more than once) without a job to follow my dreams, now I am in good company with the rest of you who are imagining what's next.
Shanaz Kahn, Evil Eyes (detail) from the Talismans Stitch at Home Challenge
My last career pivot led me to SFSNAD. Like all changes in my life (at least to me), I made a conscious decision to leave the museum world to focus on education in an attempt to spend more time with artists - which is why I chose a career in the arts in the first place. I think I hit the jackpot. This is my Life 2.0.
Where will your creative dust settle? Maybe the next road will lead you to SFSNAD too. We do have an amazing new professional development program
that is ready for you to peek at. Maybe you'd like to be an artist, exhibiting in one of our galleries instead of sitting in another zoom meeting. Maybe you fancy yourself in the couture world, stitching madly as your model is about to float down the runway. Or maybe you feel passionately about teaching and preserving the art form you grew up with or that represents your culture. And maybe it's just time for a 'cool change'. If you are curious about our new program, you can watch this presentation
which will demystify the road to a potential new phase of your life. It might be the perfect antidote for all those swarming particles in your heart and head not finding a place to land. In the meantime, feel free to drop by for a visit. You are the reason I work here - even though some things for all of us are still up in the air!
Cole Morrison, Creation Myth (detail) from the Out of This World Stitch at Home Challenge