Feb. 21, 2008
The WACD was a big success this year from points all over the planet. As for my part in it I am sorry to say nothing happened, due to a severe bout of the FLU. Well, the good thing is, the event was not dependent on any one participant, and if you bother to click on the above web site, you will find how this unique event has evolved.
Feb. 12, 2008
Hmm, I am not sure once again whether the gig with the Ruebarbs is on...two things came about...one, was that John Bolton and his wife Lindy arrived from a long journey from Australia, to Mexico, to my house in New Mexico. John and I worked with Theatre Workshop Edinburgh from 1974 to 1977 and so there was much to catch up on. We had not seen each other since 1982. Both of us at one time or the other had also worked with Reg Bolton--no relationship to John. The second thing is I caught the bug...what bug I am not sure other than I have not been well for several days, hence no chance to touch bases with the Ruebarbs, and of as yet, I don't feel good enough to leave the house...
Jan. 25, 2008
The Ruebarbs are a local band who play a wide variety of rock, blues, ballad and jug-band classics. They perform in Madrid at the Mine Shaft bar on a regular basis as well as around New Mexico.
Last year Ken Wolverton and the Ruebarbs attempted to do a collaborative performance but had to reschedule because of date conflicts. Ken went on to do a series of cement-tiles for WCAD.
This year the idea is up again to perform a celebration piece for WCAD.
Ken Wolverton will do a seven minute full color pastel drawing measuring 3 by 6 feet as the Ruebarbs play a special tune in dedication to the second annual World Community Arts Day celebrations.
With one month to go here is rough update.
With Art4 Development having its homepage for one month, creating a
wonderful image and text is very indicative of how it is going and
follows others who have featured WCAD.
The myspace site stands stands at just 600, Flickr WCAD 500
members/1700 photos, Flicks Green Circle 700 members,600 photos, Happy
postcards, 500+ members/2500 photos.
With performances, display appearing, words of support, etc.
Compared with this time last year, it is a lot, lot bigger. More than
triple the size. There are many great networks involved too.
So thanks to all who have made this happen. It is all very exciting!
The bigger it gets the bigger the splash, the more noise we make, the
more people will join.
So here to give you an indication of what is going on is the news and
current list of those involved.
After the initial success of WCAD 2007, it is hoped that you can join
us in 2008 and be creative to raise an important issue you believe in.
All we ask of you or your group on that day is to do an arts project,
however small, or add an image or sound, etc to a website to mark
this day in the build up to it.
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
1st November 2007 - 17 February 2008
We shall start creating the list of participants on the WCAD website from the 1st November. If you wish to be on this list please contact me.
TO SHARE YOUR IDEA
If you wish to share your idea and discuss with others involved.
SHARE A PHOTOGRAPH
Add a photo to:
World Community Arts Day Flickr group. 43 members so far
Happy Postcards. 205 members so far
Hunt the Pig, 23 members so far http://www.flickr.com/groups/chinese-year-animals/discuss/72157594541794...
CREATE A VIDEO RESPONSE
Do a video response to:
Daphne Anne Wills Mail Art project, Scotland.
Greendyker, Scotland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxob3m4t3i0&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecommu...
Many contributed in 2007, here are some great examples from last
year, which are on the website. Hopefully this will give a flavour of the range of work and inspire you to take part. Much more can be seen on the WCAD website where all projects are listed.
For the first year and to get things started we started by asking those who are connected with the Craigmillar Festival Society as we know this group of friends is worldwide, in particular to remember a remarkable man Reg Bolton who died in 2006. Of course Community Arts is much bigger than this, but others did come and join the party.
Daphne Anne Wills Mail Art project, Scotland USA
Ken Wolverton, USA
Edel Kings Youth project, Ireland
Arts Care, USA
The Venchie, Craigmillar, Scotland
Saving the Gulliver Sculpture
Three Archives were Launched last year
Reg Boltons, Australia
Craigmillar Art Tour, Scotland
Charmwood Arts, England
Some beautiful and interesting artwork as well
Chrissie Orr/Bobbe Besold, USA.
Patricia Quijano, Mexico
Restored Mural, Richmond, USA
Pamstar, Hand in Hand
Scott Whitelaw's portrait of Hal
World Solutions Banner
Some ongoing projects were highlighted
Great support from
Community Arts Network/API News
Creative Network News
Edinburgh Evening News http://www.communiversity.org.uk/richmond.htm
ONCE YOU HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE PART
If possible can you send a weblink, photo so we can put it on the website as soon as possible. If possible put a weblink to The WCAD webpage as well. The bigger the list the better it gets.
The event could just be a gesture, highlight an ongoing event/workshop/artwok or a larger event.
So it could be:
1. Ongoing project you wish to highlight.
2. A website or discussion group
3. A small or large gathering
4. A walk or art performance
5. A Exhibition or art class
6. A Poem
7. A Theatre Performance
8. A Reading
9. A Mural
10. Online projects
11. A lecture
OUR AIM IS SIMPLE
Our aim is very simple, to show that many people and communities
around the world want to use their creativity and artistic skills to promote caring and sharing.
HISTORY OF COMMUNITY ARTS
Another aim is to raise awareness of how important Community Art is as a Global movement, its history, present day activities and the future.
Here are some examples:
Chicago Public Art Group http://cpag.net/home/3_about%20cpag/3_pages/3_2.htm
A lecture by Beth Shadur, USA
The only criteria is that the Art "must be a catalyst for social
change and caring". And it would be Art in its widest form and
include all the artforms plus more.
GREEN CIRCLE LOGO
A logo has been produced which is simple and can be developed in many ways. Please use and pass on. A circle is one of the basic shapes in the world. It is a very efficient way of passing on and conserving energy. It is one of the fundamental shapes in the arts and can be applied to many things. There is no top or bottom to it.
PLEASE PASS ON.
This was posted on the Art4Development Yahoo! Groups listserv.