For those who opposed the commitment toward a performing arts center because in their words, “There was no plan” I will tell you what I tell my colleagues in the IT business – And it is this:
“You can be included in the creative process to shape a plan or you can have only finished plans presented to you for approval, but you cannot have both”. – belveal
Everything starts with an idea and a sketch. A sketch is a representation of an idea, but not everything in detail. A sketch by its nature contains immense ambiguity. That ambiguity inspires creative minds to fill in the rest with possibilities.
It is often the same people who complain about being left out of the process that, when you include them, choke on the unanswered questions. Design is about solving problems and working hard over a period of time to find and develop answers to all those questions.
Anyone who has ever been successful at creating anything fully understands that there is ambiguity in the early stages. If you cannot handle that, you cannot be successful yourself and you will be in the way of others. The creative process is what converts great ideas filled with questions into finished viable plans with every detail worked out. I suppose this explains why some people perceive new innovations as magic. They just really have no idea what creativity is or how to do it.
For those creatives that do get it, thank you for your vision. There is a lot of work to do to do to make this dream a reality. Let’s build something awesome!