This week I attended a nice formal dinner, and while talking with an executive of a local museum, we found an exciting common interest: Live Arts Fest & Philly Fringe! Without a second thought or concern for our surroundings…we gave each other an instant high five across the table!…Wait, did I just high five someone at a formal event? Yes, yes I did! Two cool points for both of us! High fives are acceptable everywhere!
Giving someone a high five is still among my top faves ways to show solidarity, agreement or outright support. If only for a moment, it bonds you with the other high five giver, whether you know them or just met.
Yet, there is nothing more disappointing than to raise your hand in high five bliss only to find yourself in the awkward just-got-left-hanging pose. The shame that follows is insurmountable!…or am I the only one borderline devastated? Just me? Ok, I can live with that.
The point is, high fives are a cool way to show support, they should be given no matter where you are, and leaving someone hanging is never cool.
Philadelphia emerging artists have raised their hands and accepted the challenges that come with pursuing their creative work. I founded Small But Mighty Arts Grant to support emerging Philly-based artists through micro-grants so they can take the small creative steps needed to achieve their mightiest professional success. Many emerging artists are only $200 – $1,000 away from significantly changing their creative lives. Meanwhile, they are creating art that transforms communities, helps connect us to one another and contributes positively to the City’s creative landscape. Their work needs to be seen, heard, felt, shared…and supported.
The effort begins today. Don’t leave Philadelphia’s emerging artists hanging…
If you support Philly Artists…
Give Them 5!
Make a donation divisible by $5 today!