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150. A Christmas Carol: The Ghost of Artistic Joy

Go to any bookstore or do a quick scan of books on Amazon, and you will likely see a number of titles touting joy. They will either be dealing with a topic you should be experiencing joy with like cooking or hiking or some other activity, or they will be self-helping you into a sense of joy when you are hard-pressed to have any. Whatever the case may be, the proliferation of books leading us into joy points to the reality that, as a society, we aren’t good at joy, and we likely don’t understand it. Joy may seem enigmatic, but it doesn’t have to be. Perhaps it is even so commonplace that we fail to see it in the myriad ways its presents itself.

In this four-part holiday series, Ryan, Garreth and Cody are visited by four ghosts. These four ghosts can serve as warnings about what we do, why we do it, and how we can continue into a long career that doesn’t create our identity or a false sense of security but that connect us with our community, our work and our culture at-large.

Stream the Ken Gilbertson Band’s Christmas Album
Last year we helped Ken put out his second album after a multiple decades break. This four track EP has some of your favorite Christmas songs and features folks from Shockoe Artspace doing everything from back up vocals, instrumentation, and audio engineering and editing. Take a listen!

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Stream our documentary The Builder!
For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website.

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