Carpentry and Safety Advisor
My goal working at Charybdis is the goal of Charybdis as a whole. The focus is to help those who consider themselves let down or deterred in any way within the artistic community because of the culture and society we live in express themselves with no holds barred. They are allowed to complete their artistic vision of work/art/life/community through Charybdis and its facilities, staff, and openness. The goal is to make the most out of what they have via the most out of what we have.
To fearlessly give what you have and expect something back. The theme of Charybdis comes from Greek mythology - the moral of the story is to risk everything. Do not "play it safe" with the restrictions, oh I mean rules, because you will get nothing in return. Lay down what you have in a true, sincere fashion and you will get something just as true back. This is a hard world and Charybdis knows it. What makes us different is that we are willing to challenge the rules, by merely recognizing the discrediting nature of them, that make the world hard in the most blatant "Oh yeah?" way possible.
The reason I, and about thirty other members, volunteer so much of our time at Charybdis is because of this potential that we have seen played out so many times already. This potential is the one that makes a difference not only in our own lives, but those who participate and come to the events.
I am a member of a place where everything is put together through raw talent and dedication. Each time I enter Charybdis, I feel myself walking into an envelope of energy that has been created by myself and so many others, all of who have realized the absolute NECESSITY for Charybdis. Charybdis has literally been built out of gallons of blood, sweat, and tears. It is not just a place of work; it is a place of just being.
I do not really believe in coincidences. This perspective of Charybdis is exactly the strength we need as a community during this time of uncertainty and hope.
- Madeline Schwartz
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