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149. A Christmas Carol: The Ghost of Artistic Self-Control

The term self-control around the holidays usually is followed by some conversation on over eating or over drinking, but self-control is less about that in this conversation and more about the way we treat others and see the world around us. Our current culture prizes and even rewards reactionary outbursts as vindicating or justice, but a tempered response to the world around us seems to be a much more artistically minded way to approach life.

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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