“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead.
There is not a whole lot I can write about the photos you see here. These are images of Jessie Henson’s magical work of art, aptly named Stardust, installed this summer at Cincinnati’s new School for the Creative and Performing Arts building in honor and memory of Esme Kenney.
Not quite a year ago, a very small group of us gathered to try and figure out how we might possibly go about honoring Esme’s memory, while attempting to begin the healing process among her close knit community of family and friends. Over coffee, we threw out some ideas. About the kind of art we were thinking about. About the ways we might raise the type of money we might need (it turned out to be double our estimate!). About how to maintain Esme’s spirit and light throughout the process.
Everything from Jessie’s heartfelt, gorgeous proposal and artist’s statement, to a series of amazing concerts which carried the bulk of the fundraising seemed to be laced with a synchronicity completely beyond our control. We simply woke up each day and got it done. (I say that from a fundraiser’s perspective!) As an artist, I am honored to have watched Jessie navigate the process of creating such a large scale public work of art. I know it has not been easy. But it’s done. And it’s stunning. Congratulations Jessie, Lisa, Elaine, Randy, Jen, Kim… everyone involved in making this sculpture a reality.
Below is my favorite shot from Jessie’s pictures. In a matter of days, these halls will be bustling with the student body of SCPA. Esme’s friends often wondered how they could leave the old building and head to the new one without their dear friend. This is how. Her light and spirit are now part of this spectacular new facility. For that I am grateful.