Creation Road’s goal is to celebrate creativity, also to encourage people to find their inner creativity and share it with the community. That’s why I have chosen to support The Song Room charity.
The Song Room is a national not for profit organisation that provides free, tailored, long-term music and arts-based programs for children in disadvantaged and high need communities.
Please click here to make a donation.
ArtMobile creates a ‘SPARC’ of excitement in Massachusetts, USA
This week Creation Road discovered an article at Boston.com which absolutely amazed us about creativity and the community. We thought it would be perfect for our new ‘Creativity of all!’ feature
MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnership in Massachusetts has recently hit the streets in their new ArtMobile. There is no need to go and find an art centre with this van around.
The van, nicknamed SPARC, is stocked with all kinds of arts and craft supplies and brings it all to the community.
The centre works in collaboration with community organisations and schools to develop art projects and other creative activities.
The motto on the side of SPARC reads, ‘Igniting art and design in the neighbourhood’. Their plan is to bring art and creativity to the community rather than the community needing to visit an art institution.
SPARC truly has a community focus. An art competition saw the design of the van’s artwork and the unveiling of SPARC saw musician, painters, artists and community groups come together in celebration.
Congratulations to the MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnership for their innovation in bringing art to the community.
Here at Creation Road one of the things we’re interested in what’s happening creatively in communities around the world.
It’s wonderful when people can come together as part a community to create something, have a good time and meet new friends in the process.
Over the coming weeks we will be on the look out for community events, activities, ideas, and so on, which get people involved in creativity, artwork, performances etc. within their community.Remember to come back and see what fantastic things we discover.
If you know of something creative happening in your community, please feel to let us know about it. We’d love to hear from you. Email: email@example.com
Sarasota Chalk Festival
Here at Creation Road we are always interested in what is happening creatively in communities right around the world. So when we heard about the Sarasota Chalk Festival in Florida, USA, we had to find out more.
The week-long festival will run from 1 November to 7 November 2011 and will feature performance art by over 250 of the most renowned artists who use chalk as their medium and pavement as their canvas, turning streets into a museum in motion.
The festival is free to the public and expected to draw over 100,000 spectators to the picturesque Gulf Coast community located just south of Tampa Bay.
You can find out more by visiting Sarasota Chalk Festival website.
Creation Road featured the work of street artist Edgar Müller in July 2011 as part of its regular Artwork of the Week feature on Facebook. You can see Edgar’s chalk creations by clicking here.
If you have a creative event coming up in your community let us know about it by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you be willing to leave a stable career, at age 51, to make a fresh and creative start? For former music critic Joan Anderman that’s exactly what she did!
After writing for such publications such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Boston Phoenix, and the Seattle Weekly as a music critic, Joan says that she is now setting out on a journey to write songs and document it along the way; something she has never tried before.
Her website – middlemojo.com – offers readers a fascinating insight into creativity in middle age.
Have your say… Would you take a creative leap into the unknown at midlife? Have you already done it? Take our poll and let us know. We’d love to hear your story too, so feel free to leave your comments.
Creation Road invites you to share your experiences!
Have you recently visited a wonderful art gallery, seen some inspiring architecture, or otherwise been touched by amazing creativity of any kind? We, at Creation Road, would love you to tell us about it. Selected stories will then be posted and shared here on Creation Road Blog.
We would love to hear from people and share stories from right around the world so start emailing us your stories today at:
Please remember to include your name, a picture of the event in your email so that we can show everyone what it looked like. Oh and if there’s a web address and/or email, let us know what that is too, so we can share it.
To kick off MyStory, I will start by sharing my experience of the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
Earlier in 2011, I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the 3.2 acre Honolulu Academy of Art when Creation Road visited the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Honolulu Academy of Arts is certainly a must see for those visiting to or living on Oahu. The academy has a large collection artworks from around the world including Asian, American, European, African, Oceania, and the Hawaiian art collection, which chronicles the history of art in Hawaii.
I took a short and pleasant bus ride from Waikiki to the Honolulu Academy of Arts and shortly after arriving was enjoying a wonderful guided tour from one of the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. The tour began with the amazing story of Anna Rice Cooke – the founder of the Academy. In her dedication statement at the opening of the museum on April 8, 1927 Anna said:
“That our children of many nationalities and races, born far from the centres of art, may receive an intimation of their own cultural legacy and wake to the ideals embodied in the arts of their neighbours … that Hawaiians, Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Northern Europeans and all other people living here, contacting through the channel of art those deep intuitions common to all, may perceive a foundation on which a new culture, enriched by the old strains may be built in the islands.”
This is certainly an art museum which can be enjoyed by those from all walks of life.
As well as a large collection of artwork the Honolulu Academy of Arts features The Doris Duke Theatre at the Academy which hosts meetings, concerts, lectures, and presentations. The theatre is also home to Hawaii’s GLBT film festival the Rainbow Film Festival. Arts education and restoration are also facets of the Academy.
You can also browse in the Academy Shop or eat at the Pavilion Cafe.
One could easily spend a day just admiring the collection the Honolulu Academy of Arts has on show and a visit is highly recommended.
For more information, visit their website www.honoluluacademy.org
I recently read a blog post by Darren Rowse called 9 Attitudes of Highly Creative People. It was an interesting read and concluded by posing the question ‘Is creativity tied to a personality type or can it be learned?’
Have your say on the topic.
Art comes in a range of forms, but is there a line between art and the ridiculous?
Tell us what you think…Does this pass for art? Click here to read the story.