Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getting in my Own Way

I want to start a non-profit.

It would look something like this: free after school programs and summer programs in the creative arts for kids in lower-income areas. Basically, a place where kids can enjoy the dance classes, art classes, and theater (and more) that I got to do as a kid - without having to pay the prohibitively expensive tuition that keeps most kids in those areas from being able to take such classes. It would utilize already existing LAUSD facilities as classrooms, and work with local artists and theater and dance companies who would serve as teachers/mentors.

But.

For some reason I keep stopping myself from moving forward. Most recently, I told myself that most theater companies can't even sell enough tickets to have a profitable production, so how would a bunch of kids doing theater manage to sell tickets? But if that were a reason to not produce anything, then very few things would actually get produced.

This project is something that I'm passionate about, and something I think I have the skills to organize and run. I'm putting it into this blog so that I have some accountability and a record that I am still thinking about this idea (ten years after I came up with it), I still want to do it, and I am committing to making some sort of forward movement.

It's time to get out of my own way.

So the next step - this week I commit to researching non-profits in the area that are running similar programs, and research the steps to forming a non-profit.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, but first I have to stop tripping over my own feet.

1 comment:

Libby said...

You need to get in touch with my friend, Tony Sanders who runs SHINE, Los Angeles' youth theater.