For those of you keeping track, yes indeed, i missed yet another posting day in my commitment to write every day.
i gave myself the challenge inspired by my fantastic teacher in college, “Teach.”
i am really thriving in the challenge actually. i am the kind of person who does better with challenges–it makes me work harder and better than i do without them (hence choosing to spend an extraordinary amount of time living in an over 1,000 year old ancient elder tree for over two years : )
My commitment to writing every day is really inspiring my creativity and thoughtfulness as well which i am so grateful for. My creative side is vital to my aliveness, so anything that encourages and inspires that in me is welcome.
Thinking of creativity makes me reflect on how in the US, we seem to have unlimited amount of funds for weapons and war, yet all the arts and creativity are being cut out of schools because of lack of funds. i had a challenging childhood, and art was absolutely critical in my ability to express and work through the difficulties i experienced. So here we are, cutting funding for creative expression–ways for young people to work through the complexities of our world– and instead, overspending on war and violence. It is any wonder that there is so much violence erupting in our world?
BT, DT, and AT (Before Tree, During Tree, and After Tree– the three segments of my life ; ) i have always done things to support the arts for communities in need. Nature is creative– it is in our nature to create. So arts are not a privilege, they are a right.
i am going to post some links to some truly wonderful organizations working on connecting arts with underserved communities. Check them out, be inspired, and if so moved, please support them with green energy. Also, please look into your community and see if there is an arts organization serving communities who might otherwise be left out of creative opportunities and support them!!
http://www.youthink.org/main.html This is an AWESOME organization that brings together arts, service, and personal leadership development. i have supported them for many years and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that I have the opportunity to do so.
http://www.avam.org/ If you ever are anywhere near Baltimore, you MUST go to this museum!! You will be so inspired! They have an incredible after school program that supports youth from underserved communities, and even much of their staff come from communities who are often excluded from right livelihood opportunities. This is another organization i am HUGELY passionate about and have done various things over the years to support them, their mission, their vision, and all that they serve.
http://unitedrootsoakland.org/ i have done numerous fundraisers for this organization in its various forms. It is so inspiring because it combines eco-consciousness with caring for youth and empowering them through the arts.
Please remember, arts are not a privilege they are a right. And they are right that are absolutely vital to making our world a better, more beautiful and caring place!! Please, please, please, either support one of these organizations or support one in your community… or both!!!
Love and Creativity,