Yesterday I went to The Moth in Ann Arbor (it was a unique experience - I highly recommend it). I bought the tickets last week, right when I was starting to pivot Rosiechild toward storytelling. I started researching different storytelling organizations and The Moth is one of the most famous, so it was my first stop. When I hopped over to the events page, I saw that an event was scheduled in Ann Arbor for the very next week! What are the odds? I got super pumped and immediately bought two tickets.
Well, it turns out that those odds - they were pretty good. The Moth in Ann Arbor is a regular monthly event. Doy.
The Moth in Detroit, it turns out, is also a monthly event. Oh, and the Moth Mainstage - a curated, professional evening of stories - is coming to Detroit next month.
I am so not used to this "living in a big-ish city" businesses. I'm still in small town mode. I still assume that everything is up to me and my friends. If we want art, music, good food, fun events, vibrant businesses - in a small town, if we want those things, it's up to us.
Here, in Detroit, I can just sit on my hands and watch epic awesomeness unfold around me.
Or, I can reach out to those people, connect to their events and projects, contribute to work that's already happening. I can amplify it, celebrate it, push the work further - the work that's already started.
The further I dive into storytelling, to more I see the value of big cities. The bigger the city, the more storytelling that's happening. The more people, the more art.
I love Owosso, I love small cities, I love rural America. That's where I'm from, it will always be my starting position, my default, my assumption - what I think of, when I think of "home".
I also see the promise of cities. I see the promise and it is awesome.