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Summer 2013 has been my Summer of the Babies…deep cleaning & childproofing our home, helping our daughter prepare the nursery in her home, the birth of Pixie Princess Abby (July 31, 8 lb. 13 oz., 20″ long), Fairy Princess Lilly’s 5-day extended sleep-over at Nonny & G-Pa’s, and another 4 days as Nanny-Nonny at our daughter’s home to help the growing family settle into their new routine… and then a Family Day at the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus at month’s end to celebrate. And Lilly’s 2nd birthday is this Friday…If I had known that being a Grandmother would be so much fun, I’d have done it sooner!
But if I don’t refocus my energies onto my own projects soon, I risk becoming one of those dreaded meddlesome know-it-all grandmas…
Here’s a novel idea…
On Friday, September 6th, the world is invited to take an Art Break at one of 19 international locations.
That’s right… FREE.
This annual event is the brain-child of Lauren Odell Usher Sharpton and Lisa Rasmussen, two artists who studied Transformative Arts together at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California. Art Break Day is just one of the programs offered by Sharpton & Rasmussen’s non-profit, Art is Moving. In their own words:
Art is Moving wants everyone in the world to have the opportunity to experience art. Art matters and is a necessary component to a healthy society because it is an exquisite tool for learning about oneself, expressing one’s emotions and thoughts, and offers the opportunity for a community to come together and grow. There are several ways to experience art and feel its positive impact. You can make it, talk about it, look at it – all are essential and Art is Moving exists to ensure that everyone is provided the opportunity to do all three without fear.
Art is Moving’s annual Art Break Day involves several cities from around the world coming together to offer FREE art making to anyone and everyone. It is easy to join in the fun. You can donate, sponsor, volunteer, or become an artist in residence and host your VERY OWN Art Break Day!
Daily interactions with art, the art world and today’s artists are encouraged through our other community art programs like ARTcart!, I am an Artist, and Our Conversation Based Blog. ~~Art is Moving website.
This year, I’m a photographer at the Oakland locations. What an opportunity– catching people in the act of art-making. What would this city be like if everyone could take an art break every day?
What would YOUR life be like if you took an art break every day?
~~Peace, Love & Pomegranates~~