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Room for Me

by Johanna Richards | March 7, 2018

Art. Brunches. Are. Back! Monthly art brunches hosted by Creative Catalysts are starting up again this month. Partnering with a local business, and now with a charitable cause, these brunches are a chance to connect with others, get creative, and listen to the musical stylings of a local artist. Feeling a little shy about attending? Check out Johanna’s experience joining a CC brunch for the first time:

Some friends and I had been trying to learn more about the good things Mesa had to offer. I’d been a bit nomadic and was looking to put down roots. The more we asked around we saw a theme emerging. Downtown Mesa was full of people who loved art, development, community and doing those things in Mesa, a place they loved.  

It seemed like a good idea to join in, which led to an event called an “art brunch” a term that conjured feelings of Jr. High level awkwardness. But as I walked in I was surprised at the familial ordinariness of the whole thing. People were talking and eating next to half-finished canvases. Kids were painting, crawling under tables, and dancing. People made room at their table, shared stories, and leaned in pointing out what they liked about my tentative paint swirls; lending me the needed confidence to embrace the project. There was art at this brunch, but it was about more than just that. It wasn’t a space reserved for the elite, but a space held for the good found in food, drinks, music, play, paint, and a Saturday morning spent doing something creative with neighbors. And there was space there for me.

Let’s kick off Art Brunch on March 31st for brunch at Republica Empanada with new friends, tasty eats, breakfast cocktails (yes, please) and of course, a little art.

 

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