The Arcanum Has Begun! (in Beta) Part 2

In Part 1 of this mystical journey, I told you about being part of the The Arcanum’s launch. Of course, typical of me – there is also the inner journey!

What The Heck IS a Master, Anyway?

In the beginning,  I wondered what being a Master really meant. Community is huge in The Arcanum – and the idea of a Master’s role not to “teach” in the same sense as my 35 years of experience would dictate. Our job here in the beginning is to step back, let the community develop, carefully watch the conversations – and let folks discover their rhythm and their answers. At first, I wondered how a group of peers could grow together and not simply be “the blind leading the blind?” It was a question I grappled with for awhile.

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The Arcanum Has Begun! (in Beta) Part 1

The Arcanum

You may have heard Trey Ratcliff talking about it. Noticed some buzz around it. Wondered what the heck it was and how it worked.
I’m one of the beta team of Masters in The Arcanum – and even I had a ton of questions! I had waited. Contributed ideas when needed as it developed. Got updates along the way. Watched it begin to unfold, evolve.

Then last week, I had my final pre-launch meeting with Trey, Curtis Simmons and Peter Giordano. They are the mighty trinity implementing Trey’s The Arcanum, Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery. By the end of that meeting, I’d invited my first 3 Apprentices!

My startled thought: “Gulp! Uhhh… I guess I’m starting now!”
And so, my awesome first Cohort began.

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The Arcanum: Meet Karen Hutton

The Arcanum Prepares

I mentioned some time back that I’m part of “The Arcanum: Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery“. Sounds fun, huh? It’s a new kind of school for the arts being created by awesome photographer and friend Trey Ratcliff.  While it’s starting off with photography as the primary discipline, the vision is to branch out over time into other artistic channels. Here’s how he describes how it’ll work:

“A very old… ancient, in fact… way of learning and growing through a Master & Apprentice relationship, powered by a NEW kind of academy. Imagine a type of Hogwarts, online in Augmented Reality, where you always have a connection to your Master and your fellow Apprentices. Get your head around that, and you’ll see where this is going…”

I’m excited! I’m starting out as a Master under the discipline of Landscape Photography. We’re all choosing one to start with, then opening it up to other genres later if we want to. We’ve been asked to create 5 videos to go in the Grand Library, so that when doors finally open there’s some awesome content for apprentices to enjoy and learn from right away. One of the videos needed to be a “Hello, I’m _____” introduction.

Here’s mine, created just for The Arcanum:

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The Arcanum is Here!!

It All Started For Me 3 Years Ago…

Not in a galaxy far, far away… but in a Starbucks in Austin, TX.
I was out for SXSW and a big photo walk led by my friend Trey Ratcliff.
We sat down in Starbucks with his son Ethan for a warm and lovely mocha… and he told me his idea for a different kind of photography school.
He said photography education is broken (I agreed)… and he had an idea for a brand new approach.
It would be based upon the Master & Apprentice model of art education… but would utilize Google Glass (in its bare infancy) and a host of other high tech ways of connecting with each other as ways to be completely mobile and responsive. Did I want to be involved?

It sounded out there… part ancient education system, part video game, part Hogwarts, part I didn’t know what… but didn’t hesitate. YES! I was in.

And now… The Arcanum is here. The boat has left the shore… the journey has begun.