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A Public Digital Arts Center
June 23, 2009, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Libraries


Last week I stopped by the John Stienbeck Library in Salinas CA to check out their new digital arts lab.  Since I have discovered this place, I have been coming here almost every day to take advantage of their facilities  (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and more).  Anyways, I noticed a kid around ten or eleven who was spending more time using these computers than I was.  He would be there before I came in and still be there when I left.  I realized that this is how all great artists start off.  Nobody is just born with a natural talent at creating something incredible.  It takes hours upon hours of testing, creating, analyzing, thinking, brainstorming and then starting the whole process all over again. And then, with a lot of hard work, comes the creation of something amazing.  But it takes time and most people have the tendency to give up.  Every artist from Quentin Tarantino to Miles Davis has gone through this period of uneasiness.  But, similar to Ira Glass‘s words in the clip below, you got to do a large volume of work and you got to fight through this stage because its the only way “your work will be as good as your ambitions.”

More Pictures of John Steinbeck Library and Digital Arts Center


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2009 is the 100th anniversary of the Salinas Public Library

Comment by Susan Matcham

Thanks so much for mentioning Salinas Public Library’s Digital Arts Lab on your blog. It has been exciting seeing how the community has taken to it. I have recently returned to working at John Steinbeck Library (after spending time at the other two branches) and will frequently have DAL reference desk hours, so perhaps our paths will cross soon!

Comment by Michelle Adams-Walton

Hi Michelle – I think the lab is great and I wish they had something like this when I was in high school. when did it open? Ill be in and out of Salinas and the digital arts lab all summer so perhaps we will meet.


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