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Collage created by Julie Johnson
I get super excited when I hear about creative, inspiring endeavors coming out of the Kansas City art scene like this. I know this film and project will help so many people stay in touch with that piece of them that inspires to create.
I am proud to help support this cause as I know so many people in my life whose lives have literally been saved because of art, including my own. Please take the time to watch the video below to learn more about this campaign.
Damon also took a few minutes to answer a few of my questions about this project:
JJ: What was your involvement in this film project?
I'm the director and producer. I was fortunate enough to have the whole initial concept come through me.
JJ: What fears/doubts did you have about attempting this project?
I'm not sure its a fear or doubt but I just wanted to make sure it reaches as many people as possible and the right equipment
J: How did you gain the confidence and courage to create this film?
The project itself gave me the confidence to continue. It just kept speaking to me. Art really did save my life and many other peoples life. I just wanted to show that to the world.
JJ: What was the most challenging aspect in the creation of this film?
The most challenging aspect was staying organized and planning everything out.
JJ: What are you most proud of?
I'm really proud that its connecting with people from all walks of life. I've had people from all over the world reach out to me and share their stories.
JJ: Tell me in 10 words or less how art has saved your life?
It allowed me to create opportunity for myself and others.
JJ: What do you hope viewers will take away from this film?
I hope viewers walk away knowing they have the creative power within them to change their lives and the world around them.
JJ: Every artist has their co-conspirators in these sort of projects. Who were yours?
Chameleon Arts & Youth Development, Mickel Garrett, Jacob Thomas, Natasha Harris, Joe Fuller, Ashley Turner, and Stinson McClendon.
JJ: How has being involved in this project changed the way you create art?
I'm way more organized and I'm better at planning out the projects lifespan. Seeing something from inspiration, idea, the process of manifesting it, fine tuning, finding its audience, presentation and after presentation or after life. I'm also more interested in creating work that helps socially in some way.
JJ: How will you preserve the memories of this experience?
We have documented everything so far and we plan on taking photos and continuing to document it all. Art Saved My Life will be released on DVD and we have been talking about adding special features that show the process a little more in depth.
To further spread the word about this cause, I wanted to sponsor a giveaway of a An Art Saved My Life T-Shirt.
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