We asked folks to tell us about their favorite quote or affirmation and to tell us what it means to them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Anna Cosimini | Ceramic Artist

As 2020 began, I found myself especially inspired by “10 rules for students and teachers” by Sister Corita Kent, popularized by John Cage. The following rules stood out to me the most: – Consider everything an experiment. – Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make. – Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think. I’ve enjoyed considering those “rules” as mottos/guidelines for this year, which turned out to be nice to have given the difficult year 2020 turned out to be. The “whenever you can manage it” is a key phrase for me in that last rule – it’s a helpful reminder that it’s often easier than you think to crack a smile, even when the world seems completely off the rails this year. Read more>>

Joshua Moreno | Artist & Educator

“Beauty is a form of Genius–is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation.” Upon reading this in Oscar Wilde’s, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” I have considered in more depth, the role of beauty in my life and how it is used within my art practice. I would say my response to beauty is immediate and I take on a visually formalist approach when composing works as a method to pull people in…but also I can’t really help myself. I’m convinced I’m hardwired to go about making art with aesthetics always in mind and honestly I am kind of shy to admit this. There’s this common misnomer in contemporary art that if something is not beautiful, then it must be intelligent and if it is beautiful, then its beauty is what’s at stake. I respond to work that is both beautiful and intelligent. In fact, I feel beauty is most effective if it’s intelligent. Often, beauty is regarded as simply surface-level and uncritical, but there’s something undeniable about its efficacy which is self-evident in the way we respond to our surroundings, the things within our surroundings, and each other. Read more>>

Araceli Garcia | Floral Designer & Wedding Planner

“Be Proud of Where You Are ; And Have Faith in How Far You’ll Go”. – This is something that I’ve been telling myself for over 10 years and it has played a major role in my overall worth ethic and lifestyle philosophy. Being your own boss, means having to deal with the losses and also celebrating the wins whenever you overcome an obstacle. I truly admire this quote because, it’s a constant reminder to not give up my dream even when it feels like nothing is working out … because in the end, it always magically does. Read more>>