The Creative Art Holiday is Constructive ‘Me Time’
While my creative abilities are limited to writing a few stanza’s and drawing stick men, my curiosity is always piqued when a constructive solution is inspired by someone elses idea. The concept of a ‘Creative Art Holiday’ was something I would not have immediately related to art and crafts, and didn’t, when I first heard of it from Heidi Beyers a few years ago. Heidi is an artist and art teacher based in Midrand, Gauteng. When I think about it, this type of getaway can lead to awesome discoveries of self, others and the nature which embraces us. Perfect me-time. From a business perspective, I think the possibilities are numerous.
Making the Art Holiday a Lifestyle
Expanding on the idea of the creative art holiday we can go further than painting, sketching, pottery, a dance or play and the creation of visual things. Art can also be the creation of something unseen which plays itself out in our daily lives, like culture and lifestyle, new approaches to business through which people are united through constructive creativity. I genuinely see things this way.
We currently go on holiday to relax, unwind and have fun and if this is not true then I am also genuinely misinformed about our ‘reward for work’ culture. But if I am right, then I see no reason why we can’t develop a new type of reward for work system where we actually use holidays as a time to explore our own creativity, discover new talents we never realised existed or develop those we suspect we may possess.
As South Africans I feel the creative art holiday, in whichever form, be it writing, painting, speaking, acting or any other can be adopted as a way to ensure creativity becomes part of our national identity … a way to creating a cohesive society with a definite aspect to our national identity. “Happy, creative people” would be nice. I believe this is part of who we are but we focus on negatives rather than the positives.
Creating a Positively Identifiable National identity
Let’s face it, our current national identity is somewhat blurred by corruption scandals and have been for a decade. I know that at heart, South Africans would love to just have all the problems disappear. Let’s be the artists who paint our own future and create the little things which will eventually and collectively identify us a nation.
South Africa is a perfect destination for painter, photographer, musician, culturalist or anyone who expresses through visual and audio media but it can’t be limited to them alone. The creative thinker, the problem solver and the empath are artists who have as much to offer in creating a society which turns to creativity to solve its problems. We are all capable of establishing an identity and becoming creative leaders in the world of problem solving and establishing cohesion among religions, political spheres, rich and poor … people.