Category Archives: Arts Advocacy

Abstract Inspiration from the Quilts of Gee’s Bend

  “Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.” ~ Author Unknown For a few months now I have been exploring abstract painting. I discovered that I am particularly interested in combining watercolour … Continue reading

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The Value of Dance in the Lives of Children: An Interview with Kharen Westbye

 “Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one with the general harmony and movement of nature. Let us first produce a beautiful human being, a dancing child.”  ~Isadora Duncan For over 10 … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Creativity in 2016

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton 2016 has been a year of losses, particularly in the arts world – David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and so many … Continue reading

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A Weekend at the Sweetwater Music Festival

“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence and whereto.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson From September 16th to the 18th, I was … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Learning

“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water.  Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn.” ~ … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Artist Girl

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” ~ e.e. cummings When school came to an end a boy in my class gave me a beautiful framed message … Continue reading

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Creativity and Wellness

“All art forms are in the service of the greatest of all arts: the art of living.”  ~ Bertolt Brecht In February I attended a workshop on the Arts, Creativity and Wellness, which was very timely given the current focus … Continue reading

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On Being a Workshop Presenter

“We learn from trying new things. We learn from other artists as well. In workshops I like to start by saying that I plan to learn from the students while they learn from me.”  ~ Robert Bissett On March 7, … Continue reading

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The Power of Professional Development

“A Great Teacher is like a fountain; she draws from the still deep waters of personal growth and professional knowledge to serve others from her abundant overflow.” ~ Wynn Godbold Today I delivered my workshop, Musical Links to Literacy, to … Continue reading

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Simple Gifts (and Bubbles of Happiness)

“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective.  You don’t have control over your situation.  But you have a choice about how you view it.” ~ Chris Pine For those of you who follow my blog, perhaps you noticed … Continue reading

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