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The Art of Resolutions

Horse and rider at the Fairfax Hunt Club. Photo by Bonnie Nichols

Mark Twain famously quipped: "... New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions...."

Still, here at the Arts Endowment, we're not immune to the promise the turning of the new year holds. In fact, we're downright giddy at the thought of all of the art waiting to be created, experienced, and appreciated over the next 12 months. To that end, here are some of our art-full resolutions for 2013!

Brenna Berger: My kids’ schedules revolve around the arts—playwriting class, jazz band, symphonic band, theater class, dance class, and new for 2013, guitar lessons!  But I rarely take the time to write anymore and that weighs on me,  so my resolution is to finally write down the story I’ve been kicking around in my head. I’d also like to see live arts performances at venues other than the middle school auditorium.

Laska Hurley: Finish the great American novel started last year, finish the Korean soap opera series Dae Jang Geum (think of the Food Channel set in a 15th-century Korean palace; everyone is better dressed and there’s an occasional poisoning), and learn Korean.

Victoria Hutter: Expand my artistic horizons by checking out new art venues and artists in my hometown, Washington, DC.

Eleanor Steele: I’ve committed to working in the dark room at least once a month, if not twice!

Adam Kampe: To see more theater (which I kicked into gear on December 22 with a viewing of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in NYC), and to see more live comedy (an unsung art form in my humble opinion). Next up: Todd Glass at the DC Improv and Louis CK at the Kennedy Center. I'm off to a good start.

vEnessa Y Acham: My art-full resolutions for 2013 are to attend art exhibitions the first week versus the last day, and to practice penmanship daily.

Paulette Beete: This year I'd like to read some literature actually written in the 21st century, and to write some poems that scare me.

J. Rachel Gustafson: Since I will be focusing on photography for my MA thesis in art history, my art-ful resolution for 2013 is simple: to take more pictures. I signed up for a Smithsonian Associates class in photography and I would like to capture at least 100,000 images in 2013. Will they all be good? I doubt it. But I don’t think I can be a decent art historian without rolling up my sleeves and snapping a few good photos myself. Like Aristotle said, "What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing."

Bonnie Nichols: For the past couple of years I have been photographing fox hunting at the Fairfax Hunt Club. Although I don’t know that it is my resolution, my goal is to expand my shooting this year to include polo. We’ll see if it works out.

Michael Holtmann: I find that the most challenging part of resolutions is the resoluteness---the determination required to maintain them on good days and bad. It’s easy for me to make resolutions; it’s hard for me to stick with them. So this year I’ve decided to keep them simple and close to my heart: read more, write more, reflect more. These are the things I want to make daily habits, because, like a good meal, like friendship, these are the things that tend to sustain me most.

Nancy Daugherty: My artful resolution is to seek joy in unexpected places!

Caralyn Spector: My 2013 resolution is simple and obvious, but not as easy as it sounds for a new mom---to see more theater in DC. I need to get back in “the know” and the only way to know is to see.

Juliana Mascelli: Art things I would like to do in 2013 include take a workshop with the Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, take a dance class with Anna Halprin on her outdoor stage in Northern California, and see Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Life and Times Episodes 1-4 in its eight-hour entirety.

Carlos Arrien: This year I will work hard to love what I do---and even harder to do what I love.


What are your arts and culture resolutions for the New Year? Let us know in the comments, or tweet 'em to @NEAarts with the hashtag #artplans.


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