On Saturday June 29, I participated
in the ninth annual Gary Clean Water Celebration, at Marquette Park in Gary,
Indiana. I offered outdoor “creative
arts” for all ages, and I also demonstrated ways of decoratively painting rain
barrels—sort of a smaller-scale cylindrical mural painting! Two painted barrels were raffled off at the
Celebration: one painted by me, the other by my partner R., whose help was
Marquette Park was a great
place to hold an event like the Clean Water Celebration.
I subscribe toBOMBMagazine, and in the current issue (Number 118, Winter 2012) I found something good in an interview with artistJohn Miller. He makes some very articulate observations on contemporary circumstances surrounding the profession of artist, and the educational approach that (sometimes) prepares people for that profession. Here's the part of the interview that best resonates for me:
The fundamental problem with being an artist is trying to figure out how to use your time and what to do with yourself.
Paraphrased and image-quoted from Larry Sawyer's blog:
Visit the site to get all the necessary information on course offerings, types, cost and payment options.
The School "seeks to offer an alternative to, and a community beyond, the Creative Writing MFA."
know a secret? How about two secrets?
was in eighth grade, I got a D in art.
was in ninth grade, I failed English.
such a thing possible for a kid who was practically born with a pen
in one hand, a pencil in the other? (Ouch...sorry, Mom!) How could
I, who loved (still love) art and writing more than anything else in
the world--even tamales--how could I have made such a poor showing at
the things I loved to do? Obviously, there's no single answer to
The collage workshop I did in DC in March was organized by Albus Cavus, a national organization dedicated to arts activism and arts education for kids. They have branches in many cities, but this summer they are also going "on tour," bringing mural-painting workshops to various cities. Follow their bloghere, and join them if you can! Here's the skinny (minus photo): Albus Cavus is having an excellent time touring with Applegate Farms this summer promoting healthy lifestyle and healthy communities.