A break from the news of the week
There is much in the news that is heartwrenching and stressful. Here are a few stories to bring you some positive energy or inspiration.
Artist Liz Kueneke brings large embroidered maps of local areas directly to the communities the maps represent and recruits community members to add their own stitches. Everyone is welcomed to participate and each person can add anything that represents their own experiences, memories or ideas about their local area.
What a great way to create a dynamic, interactive story of community and its people. It encourage people to really think about their spaces and what they represent. The finished product is a piece of art that is more than a beautiful map, it is a social history that captures the heart and spirit of the people who live there in a way that a static document never could.
That is the way that this performance is described and it fits. This is not new but a friend posted an update today on Facebook and it is the first time that I have seen it. I felt like dancing through through the performance and couldn’t stop smiling but was in tears at the end. Wow. There is a lot going on here and these kids are having a blast! A group of elementary kids from FlakeFleet Primary giving it all for their chance in Britain’s Got Talent – with their enthusiastic headteacher.
Taking Theater to the Streets
A celebration of shared humanity and hope.
(A new TED Talk, posted in August 2021)
In a staggering display of creativity and community, theater director Amir Nizar Zuabi introduces “The Walk”: a theatrical journey following a nine-year-old refugee girl named Amal (represented by a giant, lifelike puppet) as she makes her way from Turkey to England. Zuabi shares the bold vision behind this cultural odyssey aimed at spreading hope and celebrating the refugee experience — and joins us live from Turkey as Amal passes through a village.