SchoolArts Magazine

March 2018

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me an email. They were interested in my work. My life changed and took a ninety-degree turn. And thank God that I listened to my intuition and took a leap of faith. I think that fear was the hardest thing for me to overcome, because it's the thing that gets in the way. We are so used to practicing and performing within rules and regulations and not really understanding how to function in things that are very uncertain. FJ: What is your favorite medium to work with? NC: I would say people-at-large, working within the community and doing outreach. In terms of connect- ing and understanding my purpose and using art as a vehicle for change, this is where I connect the most. FJ: You are one of the keynote speak- ers at the 2018 NAEA National Con- vention in Seattle. This convention brings in more than 6,000 art educa- tors across the globe. What message would you like for us to leave with? NC: How do we collectively find ways to look to the arts to talk about compassion, empathy, and together- ness, and recognize that each indi- vidual we encounter is different? T here is a creative spirit in all of us, and how do we nurture that? If we existed in a world where creativity was at the core of our existence, we could live extraordinary lives. FJ: You do performance, video, sculpture, and installation. You are an educator, a designer, and an art - ist. You wear multiple hats. How do you balance all of these things? NC: There are certain rituals that I do daily. I think the most impor - tant one is that every day I spend o ne hour, sometimes two or three, in silence. I have to be with myself, and doing that allows me to get clear. Can you imagine if we lived in a world where every day as part of our ritual, each of us had to sit in silence? I think then we would sort of come to our own "truth" in a space of solitude, as opposed to hav - ing the TV on and being involved in a t housand things. We don't take the time out to just "be." And it takes everything to just be. FJ: What are you currently working on in your studio? NC: I am currently working on four projects, all happening in 2018 in New York. I am opening a project at the Park Avenue Armory titled The Let Go, which opens in June. I'm also work - ing on a solo show that opens in May ti tled If the Tree Falls. I'm also work- ing on another solo show that opens i n October. I am also working on a project with Times Square in Novem- ber, where they invite artists to do an i nstallation amongst the monitors. The studio is on fire right now! Frank Juarez is head of the art department at Sheboygan High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and a contributing editor for SchoolArts. frankjuarezgallery@ Opening Page: Nick Cave, Bun o . Photo by James Prinz Photography. Left: Nick Cave, Kinetic Spinner Forest and Cr tal Cloudscape installations at Nick Cave: Until, MASS MoCA, 2016. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Above: Nick Cave, Soundsuit installation at Nick Cave: Feat., Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by John Schweikert. Images courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 19

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