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Erika Nelson, Speaker

Independent artist and educator exploring contemporary art forms in the public realm

Spectacular Failures: Changing the Way You Think About Failure Can Breathe New Life into Creative Endeavors

We often hear about the road to success, but what about the paths that veer into the void – the epic failures? This facilitated discussion examines true stories of failure and adversity and discusses the unexpected lessons learned. Members are encouraged to share their own stories of “Spectacular Failures.” Through this shared exploration of the embarrassing, each participant will see that success isn’t a guarantee, but a journey with twists, false starts, and the permission to start over with a clean slate. From Buckminster Fuller’s original experiments with dome architecture (failed!) to the story of an eccentric visionary artist’s dream to build and fly a giant hot air balloon (failed!), this discussion provides skill-building and training to help individuals thrive in rural communities and inspires action for growing support for rural arts and culture. 

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