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(This post is a part of the Artistic Innovation blog salon curated by Caridad Svich for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas).

It’s innovative to be spontaneous.

It’s innovative to edit your work.

It’s innovative to plan judiciously.

It’s innovative to play with and learn from children.

It’s innovative to teach.

It’s innovative to donate to pioneering artistic and educational institutions. Not just to companies you hope might advance your career.

It’s innovative to find new uses for analog artifacts.

It’s innovative to implement new digital technology.

It’s innovative to cultivate fans through online portals.

It’s innovative to view yourself as a business.

It’s innovative to trust yourself.

It’s innovative to listen carefully.

It’s innovative to cultivate empathy in yourself.

It’s innovative to cultivate empathy in others.

It’s innovative to be humble.

It’s innovative to be proud.

It’s innovative to know when to be humble and when to be proud.

It’s innovative to be tenacious.

It’s innovative to know when to throw in the towel.

It’s innovative to swiftly find a new game once the previous one is finished.

It’s innovative to copy other artists.

It’s innovative to recognize when it’s time to stop copying other artists.

It’s innovative not to think too much about it.

It’s innovative to create fervently.

It’s innovative to have a hobby.

It’s innovative to take time off.

It’s innovative to travel.

It’s innovative to meditate.

It’s innovative to challenge your audience.

It’s innovative to seek out people who challenge you.

It’s innovative to ignore the haters.

It’s innovative to seek out people who love you.

It’s innovative to cultivate love for others.

It’s innovative to laugh at yourself.

It’s innovative to know what you’re worth.

It’s innovative to ask for what you are worth.

It’s innovative to say what you mean and mean what you say.

It’s innovative to authentically speak well of others.

It’s innovative to authentically speak well about yourself.

It’s innovative to obliterate expectations about your art.

It’s innovative to take responsibility for your failures.

It’s innovative to learn from your failures.

It’s innovative to fail.

It’s innovative to succeed.

It’s innovative to learn from your successes.

It’s innovative to stay true to yourself while trying to innovate.

It’s innovative to acknowledge it is a privilege to be an artist.

It’s innovative to dig to the darkest part of your heart and proclaim: “Today, I conquer you.”


James Carter is a dramatist, experience designer and producer. He was a founding member of terraNOVA Collective and its associate artistic director for eight years. He also served as season producer for The Ensemble Studio Theatre. Recent transmedia plays include FEEDER: A Love Story (terraNOVA/HERE, NYC) and NY_Hearts (One Muse Presents & The Brick Game Play Festival) a site-specific audio story that guides participants on a journey through New York neighborhoods. For more about James, read his blog onemuse.com where he explores the intersection of art and technology, or follow him on Twitter @jdcarter.

  • Sandy Brownlee

    Innovative? Yes, indeed! This reminds me of that graphic of “Abundance Consciousness”…