Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Second Day Noodle: Community

com·mu·ni·ty
kəˈmyo͞onitē

1. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
2. a similarity or identity.
3. a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society

I don't really have any huge questions or statements for today's post. I'll just share something that's been on my mind. Participating in last week's NCECA conference got me thinking about community. The keynote speaker Theaster Gates talked about extending and diversifying the ceramics community, several of the lectures were on topics related to issues dealt with within communities, and the conference itself was made up of a community of clay lovers. 

I'm wondering how a sense of community evolves. I'm sure there are groups of people who share similar interests but who do not have a "feeling of fellowship with others". What is it within a group of like minded people that fosters that feeling of unity and shared identity?  Is it the culture of the community? 

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