I lived in the Exeter area until I was 18 years old, and I always felt like there was a disconnect between myself and the area. After living in Edinburgh Scotland, a city completely saturated with unified communities of artists, for 5 years and returning to Exeter I was disappointed to see how stifled the artistic culture is in this area. I know for a fact that there are just as many artists here, but I can’t seem to find them easily. That is, until I started working with Scott Ruffner and TEAM, on upcoming artistic events geared toward supporting and drawing out the local artists for celebration. I have been back in Exeter for nearly two years now, and it wasn’t until I started with TEAM that I was able to connect with people I haven’t seen or spoken to in ten years, as well as meet new artists and newly local individuals. In the short time that I’ve been working with Scott I have seen in the faces of everyone we speak to an openness and excitement I have never been able to draw out of New Englanders too easily. This organization has not only been key to me reconnecting to my hometown but also in reinvigorating my passion for local artist culture and the communities that support them. As a result, this is the first time in my life that I’m actually excited to be here and to be involved in this community; I see the potential for Exeter to become the next artsy funky townscape with the help of TEAM, and I’m passionate about seeing that potential into fruition.
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