Humanity is seen to be independent from nature, even above it. This has been the Western vision of the world. In poisoning the earth, we were led on a self-destructive path. But I try to invoke here an alternative vision, expressed by Islamic (Sufi) arts, which finds that the way humanity relates and depends on nature can be renewed once the creative life is reclaimed.
I am a firm believer in sharing, working together, and trusting that one can do what they've been asked to do. Over my two years as Program Director of Open Space at The Banff Centre, I have seen a major shift in practice, production and product. What does this mean for the future of opera in Canada?
Nuit Blanche draws criticism -- all answerable. Some say that the event has strayed too far from its original focus on art -- others say that there's too much corporate involvement and focus on cultural tourism. The payback to Toronto is meaningful. I take these concerns seriously. Its impact since 2006 has grown from $1 million to $40.5 million last year, a lot of money flowing into Toronto's economy for just one night.
The problem with this particular group of guys isn't that they invoked the Vietnam War at all, it's that they did it for a really shitty reason. To suggest that any subject matter be restricted to any artist is a low-key expression of censorship and should be resisted. Politically sensitive, controversial imagery needs to be available; to declare it off-limits infantilizes the role of music and art, and our expectations from it.
School might not officially be in session right now, but that doesn't mean you can't tickle your right brain for a change while you're giving your left a break from the books. There are certainly no shortage of creative outlets in the 'burbs, and with many businesses offering classes for adults and kids, you may have the secret weapon to a family friendly summer, right in your own backyard!
Although we have more leisure time in our lives, we are having less fun. We could reap the benefits throughout our lives if we would give ourselves permission to indulge in some childlike fun. Realizing that I might not have been taking fun seriously, I'm committed to now share freely my own particular brand of fun without hesitation with anyone who asks.
Study after study indicates that parents, schools and community members all have a role to play in developing caring, ethical children. But how do we do that in a way that's less about layering on the duty and obligation? How do we nurture a child's own instincts about what's needed in the world, and help them find their own unique way to give?
There are many ways to turn everyday features of your home into income generating assets (appreciating assets) and often they are things that you will need to buy anyway. It is all about being smart about how you structure your home and how you shop for it. Here are some things you can invest in for your home that will make it a money maker for life.
Music, much like all art and cultural productions, thrives because musicians are constantly borrowing, sharing, and reacting. Slap a copyright on a chord progression, melody, riff, or a tone and watch the endless variety, one of the most beloved qualities of music and the 21st Century, wither. That's why we're fighting back against TPP copyright extremism.
Theories of why Wikipedia remains a male-based platform also abound. Some correlate it to the combative exclusivity of an old boys' club mentality that is repeatedly evidenced by women contributors submitting articles that are judged to be not substantive enough and immediately expedited for removal. The edit-a-thons came into existence as a counter measure to the aforementioned persisting pattern.
Just ask any lady in your life, shoes are art, damn it! That's right, if you haven't already heard there is a massive monument to shoes in downtown Toronto. Go in and walk through the ages shoe by shoe, and be sure to check out their current exhibition: Fashion Victims... shoes in the 19th century were serious stuff....
This New Year's resolution proposal is strictly art and culture related, and some of them you can knock off from your own home! (Others might require you to get in your car, and do a bit of legwork). But for the most part, these are things that will make you feel better about yourself and your surroundings in an 'art loving' way. Here we go!