Craft Emergency Relief Fund

I stumbled upon the Craft Emergency Relief Fund today. What a treasure. They help equip artists to thrive, supporting artists when they have trouble. And their inspiration and mission is as follows… Our Inspiration If art is America’s common wealth, artists are its most precious asset. Artists reflect our deepest emotions through their creative expressions. […]

Examples of Incorporating Arts and Culture in Community Planning

These case studies of arts and culture incorporated in the planning process were captured at a recent meeting of the North Suburban Planning Council (NSPC) and Metropolitan Area Planning Council forum. The City of Fargo is currently working on a pilot project to transform a neighborhood drainage basin into a community commons that will reflect […]

Examples of Incorporating Arts and Culture in Community Planning

The Tomaquag | A Curation for Understanding

Far into the lush green of a meadow and tree-laden country road, I found the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum a welcome break from a hot summers day in Boston. That interruption helped me understand a people who live only an hour away but centuries from consciousness. At the crest of a rounded drive adjacent to […]

The Tomaquag | A Curation for Understanding

Hope in Yellow

A yellow house with a lush green entrance and rooms full of color, design, and care, the Children’s Room stands as a beacon of hope to all who visit. Perched on a hill overlooking Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Heights, this oasis was born of hope in loss. Its evolution hangs in a quilt of individual […]

Hope in Yellow

Painting Peace

  We all know about Aghanistan: where it is, what has happened since 911, about the Taliban, about suicide bombings, about the loss of life. Do we know how Art is helping to shape Afghanistan’s future? How we can plug in, enjoy, buy, and celebrate? Its worth some investigation I think. So what is happening […]

Painting Peace

Rebuilding Lives Through Music and Education

Did you  know that in February of 2013, Ensembles of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music performed to sold out audiences at the Kennedy Center in DC and Carnegie Hall in New York City. As part of a tour to the United States, this collection of young music students, some plucked from the streets, many […]

Rebuilding Lives Through Music and Education

Boston Arts & Culture Public Hearing—Sat Jan 25 2014

Watch live streaming video from newplay at livestream.com On January 25th, 2014, Mayor Walsh hosted a public hearing during which he invited arts representatives and organizations to share their ideas about what to keep, change, add in Boston regarding expanding arts throughout the city. People spoke for 2 minutes each, reading from condensed testimonies about […]

Boston Arts & Culture Public Hearing—Sat Jan 25 2014

People “like” Flourishing

As of today, February 22, 2014, 18,456 people “like” the Flourishing Life Society (FLS). This one-person initiative to encourage people to embrace and share what enables them to “live peacefully, happily, and well” is gaining traction. His Facebook page has accumulated 18,456 likes since November 2011.  And this may be part of the initiative is […]

People “like” Flourishing

Creative Industries Initiative in Massachusetts

As you may know, the state of Massachusetts identifies seven industries as key to the economic health of our state. They are Life Sciences, Finance, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Defense, Creative  and Maritime. And to bolster the Creative Economy, a force that employs about 100,000 people, Massachusetts has launched a Creative Economy Initiative, a […]

Creative Industries Initiative in Massachusetts