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"Sow a thought, and you reap an act;

Sow an act, and you reap a habit;

Sow a habit, and you reap a character;

Sow a character, and you reap a destiny."

Samuel Smiles 1812-1904

WORLD COMMUNITY ARTS DAY 2012

link below to web page for event

www.worldcommunityartsday.com

...and for Rosie Gibson...

Edinburgh, Scotland 1974-1977

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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 nations.

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 have TODAY.

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:

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...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

 (Valentine's 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.

www.thehollarrestaurant.com 

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 this WCAD... 


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