Presentation: Maquoketa Creativity: An Outsider Perspective

Sunday, March 24, 2013

John and Sandra Hudson delivered this presentation focusing on creativity within our daily lives and our local community. John Hudson drew upon his academic research and shared some hints about jump-starting our creativity. Once everyone was in a creative mindset, Sandra Hudson shared examples of creative individuals and groups that have initiated low-cost, low-risk, high-benefit projects using few tax dollars, a moderate amount of political persuasion, and a lot of creativity. Sandra discussed the “Business of Art” and focused on five primary actions that Maquoketans must have the “will” to act on in order to see our small town arts community come to fruition:
We will work to ensure a “critical core” district
We will work to create a sense of place
We will work to brand our community
We will work to offer unique shopping
We will work to provide enriching experiences
The speakers worked to prime our minds, and then stood back and watched the audience’s ideas flow.
The Hudsons retired to Iowa City in 1998 after living 24 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since retiring to Iowa, they have been writers and volunteer advocates for the arts.
The Hudsons co-founded the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance and its website. They served two terms on the Iowa Arts Council. John was appointed by Governor Vilsack, and Sandra was appointed by the Director of Cultural Affairs, Anita Walker. While on the Arts Council, they served on grant review panels, made site visits to numerous communities, and were on the design team for Iowa Great Places.
Prior to retirement, John was a Sociological Theorist and Practitioner. He served as a faculty member at Cornell University and Harvard and also worked in government and business. Sandra was an Education Innovator, also serving Cornell and other schools in the US and Canada as well as businesses and non-profits.