Community arts matter to our personal and collective wellness. A creative community is happier, healthier, and more productive. Everyone at every age benefits when their local culture nurtures opportunities for creative engagement and learning. Cultivation of group expression is good for the individual and, like all aspects of a healthy community, what’s good for the individual is good for the whole.
The expressive arts connect people in a communal place and shared experience. Natural locations, cultural institutions, public spaces, festivals, fairs, and familiar surroundings can be local venues for art-making, art-taking, and art-giving. We can make art with community at classes or workshops, and in organized groups that focus on shared interests. We can take art with community at events or performances that feature visual art, theatre, music, or narrative mediums. We can give art with community through supporting local arts, joining a collaborative, and by volunteering for creative causes to help others. These activities build social capital and a commonwealth of interests within a population.Continue Reading→
Love is creative. Loving and being loved opens the flow of creativity. Like a free fall into amour, creativity requires taking a risk and letting go, and trusting this enlivened flow, leaning into it, to see what the Universe offers. The artistic free will to express with an open heart can move us to create something of value for Self, others, and the world. Inspired by infatuation, we express our thoughts and feelings, our needs and desires. Because we love, we create our best lives. Continue Reading→
So loved is the artful gift made with hands and heart. The love and thoughtfulness that went into creating it, and the love and joy felt receiving it.
Through art-making, the experience of creating, we express our love by crafting an idea, image or object. Through art-giving, sharing a creative experience, we express our gratitude and appreciation for the people we care about. Through art-taking, experiencing what is created, we receive the gifts of creativity and feel the love of its expression. These are ways to creative wellness. Continue Reading→