Last night was my final meeting as a member of the board of directors of the Sculpture Center . I’ve been on the board for four years, and before that served on their artists advisory board. I actually like doing it, and one way or another I’ve been on the boards of various arts organizations for more almost 18 years. It seems to me that to participate in the structural aspects of non-profit organizations is an important part of an artist’s practice, a way of providing empowerment. I’m also fascinated by the ways that people come together in groups to try to accomplish things. I enjoy being part of that process and doing that service. But as time has gone on, I find that both I and the organization are better off if I can be realistic about what I can and can’t commit to. My new job really demands more attention than I’ve been giving it. And I’ve also had some questions about whether the SC and I are such a good fit right now. They’ve just gone through a long period of re-invention, and that has been a wonderful thing to be part of. But now I think they need some solid commitment on the financial and time level that I just can’t really provide. So I decided to step down. I think I need to develop some additional skills before I get engaged in another organizational commitment.
Now if I could just leave the two other advisory committees I serve on!