I have been reading FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS by John Bartlett
(17th edition) and came across Samuel Smiles' quote above.
The quote struck me as quintessential to the center of
Community Arts and the ideology of ART IN ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION.
Artists and arts activist I have known who have dedicated
years of their life to collaborative works with the community, do it because
they believe we are one world; a network of the the human spirit that can be
lifted in unity by the grace and beauty of creative actions.
In other words my understanding of the above quote can be:
what we do as our life work and teach others to do are
the building blocks of not only individuals, but of the destiny of whole
Of course this means negative as well as positive.
I would suggest Hitler took it the wrong direction and reaped
his destiny as his nation did.
But that was yesterday in the spectrum of time, and now we
COMMUNITY HE(ARTS) DAY WEEK FEB.12-17
I showed up at the Hollar and made the
announcement about WCAD...and got started doing something...which was
mostly laying out my tools and thinking...and yakking with the
Sunday crowd around the fire pit. It was not exactly a warm conducive
day to sit around weaving hearts, but something is better than nothing
so here is that beginning of a little something:
...AND HERE IS THE CONCLUSION OF WHAT I DID PRETTY
MUCH ON MY OWN...
left to right, 1, heart on second day, 2 me trying to
stomp out burning heart, 3 heart still burning (to get rid of
fiber that did not please me), 4 friends gazing at burning heart, 5 me
covering the fire with ash...
left to right, 1 volunteer from L.A. strings beads for
heart, 2 The Princess of Community Hearts Day and Lady in Waiting stand
watch over completed heart, 3, I present my Heart to my Honey...
details of the completed Heart now hanging in the Mine
Shaft Tavern, where it will be formally presented on February 17th...
I discovered sticks are not quite so inspiring
(or easy) for people to visualize something they too can do...
FEBRUARY 12, 2012
In America WCAD coincides with one of the most
favored and commercial days of the year, that being VALENTINES DAY
Feb. 14, is a
holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian
martyrs named St. Valentine. It is traditionally a day on which
lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering
confectionary, and sending greeting cards...etc.etc. )
I have worked making form out of sticks for many
years, usually by myself, but this year, as I did last year I will
parallel the theme of hearts, and attempt to get locals to build, weave,
configure anyway they can, some kind of heart that will symbolize love,
peace, harmony or whatever the HEART means to them...and once again if
the weather permits we will do it at The Hollar, our local Bistro and
drinking well....thanks to Josh, the owner of THE HOLLAR.
So for our part of WCAD I am titling the event as:
COMMUNITY HE(ARTS) DAY
Below are some of the creatures I have made in the
past, and perhaps something like them will happen on a smaller scale