South Africa Postcard Exchange
The idea came to me while I was cleaning my room. When my family moved to Minnesota from Italy, my good friend in Italy moved to England. We kept in touch via letters for years. As I chased the dust bunnies from under my bed, a box full of letters followed after it. Almost a year ago, I took a three week trip through South Africa, hosted by my South African friend, Megan. They all know the...
It's May, that means it's Minnesota Museums Month. →
Who Knows if the Moon's
who knows if the moon’s a baloon,coming out of a keen city in the sky—filled with pretty people? (and if you and i should get into it,if they should take me and take you into their baloon, why then we’d go up higher with all the pretty people than houses and steeples and clouds: go sailing away and away sailing into a keen city which nobody’s ever visited,where always it’s...
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame,...
Whether it’s serving a meal, or welcoming affordable housing to the...– -Kenza Hadj-Moussa http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/04/moussa/#.T3xGyU8_YRU.facebook
The Summer Day
Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. ...
A Patch of Old Snow
There’s a patch of old snow in a corner That I should have guessed Was a blow-away paper the rain Had brought to rest. It is speckled with grime as if Small print overspread it, The news of a day I’ve forgotten — If I ever read it. —Robert Frost Happy belated birthday to Robert Frost, one of America’s most famous poets and four-time Pulitzer Prize winner. April...
Can Art Be Medicine? Art Therapy Video by... →
arttherapy: The Foundation for Arts & Healing has created a great video that fits in perfectly with the Art Therapy motto of “inspiring others to create.” The video offers some great testimonials from people that have directly benefited from creating their chosen form of art. The video discusses some of the benefits of creative expression and art, but also talks about how we still have a...
March is Youth Art Month!
Study after study shows that arts education teaches creative problem-solving and cultural awareness, offers multiple pathways to understanding for different learners, and increases connections and engagement between the teachers, students, and community that surrounds them. http://www.aem-mn.org/sitepage.asp?page=Youth_Art_Month