Jerome Artist & Councilperson Candidate
As usual, I have a big idea.
My vision for this quaint little art-town includes revitalizing what's already here, and expanding upon it. What better place on earth to promote the arts, than in the small historic mining town of Jerome, Arizona.
There are some serious gems here on the mountain, including a theater room and old auditorium, located at the Historic Jerome High School, which is also where my photo studio and art classroom are located.
I'm psyched about being a part of the formation of a theatre group here in Jerome, maybe take a stab at acting and singing. What I see happening is a wide array of local talent, showcasing musical performances, plays, dance, poetry readings, you name it.
I was recently interviewed by the Wicked City Chronicles. Check it out!
I am running for Jerome Town Council, as the "Artist Councilperson".
Here's a Little Bit About Me
My name is Susan Gregory, I am 54 years old, the mother of two adult children and one grandchild. I was born and raised in Connecticut, and moved to Arizona in 1989. After 20 years in the Phoenix area, I move to Sedona. I journeyed up the mountain of Jerome in late 2016, where I opened Red Bench™ Gallery & Photo Studio at the Old Jerome High School Art Center. I became a resident after that, living happily in a house on The Boardwalk.
I am an artist, a photographer, a writer, a model, and a social justice advocate. I love books, music, movies, hiking and creating art using a variety of different mediums. I have extensive experience owning and running businesses, excellent multi-tasking and time management skills, and I thrive where details are concerned. I am also tech savvy, utilizing social media, website work, and creating marketing and promotional materials for the events I design and host. I guess you could say, I have a diverse skill-set.
I am a strong believer in service work, which is how I live my life - it keeps me grounded. I have volunteered over the years for a variety of non-profit organizations and community functions, started programs in Sedona, and was a member of the Social Justice Committee at a local Sedona Church for quite some time. I was a board member of the Sedona Area Homeless Alliance for a couple of years, which ended in December, 2019. When I saw that the Town of Jerome was in need of Council members, I decided to run.
I love this little town. Jerome feels like home to me. Giving back to the community is important. I am running as the Artists' Councilperson, focusing on preserving the future of the arts in Jerome, which is always near and dear to my heart. I am particularly focused on the revitalization of the theater room at the Old Jerome High School, and being a part of the development of a local theater group, involving music, dance, and performances. Meeting new people and helping out where I can is of great benefit to me, as I enjoy being a part of solutions. My simple philosophy is this: if you love where you are, do what you can with what you have, to make a difference in the lives of all concerned. I feel Jerome is a family, and I am blessed to be a part of it.
You will see me walking around town on most days, even in the rain and the cold. You can't miss my pink hair, or my colorfully painted art car. Don't be shy - introduce yourselves to me. I want to get to know you. If coffee is involved, that's even better!
I am grateful that you took the time to read this. There is so much more, obviously, to say. But for now, this is my casual introduction, and I am pleased to make all of your acquaintances.
Jerome Town Council Candidate
I am living the dream, one day at a time, and sharing my experiences with you.
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