This week I’ve had the concept of community pummel me from all sides. Ok, it didn’t really pummel me, but you know what I mean. The new blog featured at Chuck Westbrook‘s blog experiment site is all about building your own community online. Alyson Stanfield‘s newsletter this week was about your community as an artist. And last but not least I had the November CHL meeting last night and that’s all about my real world community.
What struck me as I was leaving the meeting last night is how recently many of the people I had talked to had moved to the Lancaster area, but how involved they were in making it a better community. There are people who have lived in Lancaster all their lives and whose families have always lived there who aren’t as involved as some of these “newcomers” are. It just made me think about what makes a community important to each of us. Some people don’t want to be bothered with strengthening the ties in the local area. But then shouldn’t they not complain if all their local business (that they don’t frequent) go under and their choices are all the same as everywhere else? What makes each community special?
I still haven’t worked though all my ideas of community that I’ve been thinking about, and I don’t really know where I’m going with all of this. I just wanted to get some of these thoughts out there and maybe hear some of your thoughts and ideas about community.
So what does community mean to you? Is it about all your online connections? Is it about your neighbors and local businesses? Is it about the people you connect with through your art? Or is it all of these things and more?