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Everything is green and everywhere is green! Things are growing and changing … the trees are wide with love, the birds are finding worms all over the place, and the air is warm. And the gardens are exploding!
For the first time in three years, I have not started a garden – and I miss it! My first garden was with my dear friend in a yard where we battled with deer and grew kale, carrots, lettuce and tried to grow corn – with not much success. Growing in community can be a really exciting, challenging, and expanding type of experience.
Community gardens are all over the place – there was one in my old Victoria neighbourhood and although I wasn’t really part of it, I really appreciated the people who made it happen!
Growing things is very creative! How will you arrange your growing space? What types of plants will you grow? Why? What does it feel like to grow things? I have always found weeding a very rewarding experience and oh-so-tangible!
And how are people connecting gardens, art, and social justice? Here are just two projects to check out:
Name: EcoArtLab – Ella Cooper
Location: Vancouver, BC
What’s happening: “Multidisciplinary artist and educator, Ella Cooper has recently gained four of the City of Vancouver’s Green Street plots and would like to turn them into a veritable eco-arts gallery and space for community engagement. Collaborating with the Community Arts Council’s Eco Arts Salon, gardeners, guerilla knitters, creative minds, poets and interested members of the community we will be working to create a happy blend of community gardening and eco arts projects that creates an interactive green space that will evolve as the plants grow.” EcoArtsLab
Name: LoveArtLab – Annie Sprinkles and Elizabeth Stephens
What’s happening: A manifesto, an EcoSex symposium this very weekend, the chakras, love art lab and ecosexuals! Who knew? I want to go to California right now! Here is the first point from the manifesto: “(i) WE ARE THE ECOSEXUALS. The Earth is our lover. We are madly, passionately, and fiercely in love, and we are grateful for this relationship each and every day. In order to create a more mutual and sustainable relationship with the Earth, we collaborate with nature. We treat the Earth with kindness, respect and affection.” Sexecology.org
There are many other projects, activities, websites, and neat ideas floating around … but I think that is it for me for now!
I find it so inspiring to search out and discover what others are working on in the area of art and . Lately I have joined a few groups that are talking about and arts for social change and am excited to learn and share with these new folks (I will and ideas as they emerge).
Connecting with others encourages me to keep expanding my circles – understanding my local and global community – and also pushes me to focus in on what really makes my own heart sing. Many of my posts have focused on what others are doing so today I thought I would share a bit about what I am up to.
Right now, I am involved in community-based art for social change project in Regina focused on homelessness for World Community Arts Day – Art as a Catalyst for Caring and Sharing (February 17). I will blog about it more as the day arrives.
I am also creating my own work – focusing on the process of creating as a healing and meditative practice as well as exploring particular sociocultural issues that are embedded in my mind and body.
… emotion-body… the way our bodies process, hold, and emotion and experience…
Today on the radio, I heard someone say that “creativity is the common ground” and I think that is part of the reason I am drawn to art. Yes, we have constructed systems around art – “high” and “low”, “art” and “craft” – and this may have merit in some circumstances and in some circles but when it comes down to it …
creativity and expression, however manifested, is a dynamic way to share a bit of our souls and come to a deeper understanding of each other and ourselves .. and it can be a whole lot of fun too.
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