I recently submitted a grant application where I had to write a short statement of my goals and aspirations. I had a lot of fun writing it, so I just thought I’d share it. Here it is …
I am deeply committed to a life of learning. I believe in the quest for knowledge in a broad sense, understanding that knowledge comes from a range of pursuits: experience, mentorship, self-discovery, and searching for (and into) the things that offer wonderment and excitement.
I am an artist, an educator, and someone who feels an innate responsibility to contribute. With this in mind, I pursue my interests not as novelty, but as motivation to become better at what I do. As experience is gained, so too is the responsibility to give back to others – through the reach and breadth of my artwork, the example and mentorship I give my students, and by my efforts to broaden the opportunities available to others in my field.
Ultimately, I pursue these interests in search of new experience, working to synthesize these efforts in search of a better whole.