17 March 2020
Often we’re too busy to notice the view right in front of us. One of my students, when I asked about what they missed being away from home, softly described the view of the city at night from his bedroom window in what he called ‘the projects where I live.’
“At night,” he said, “the lights go on forever, and every light, I think, is a soul.”
Make art about seeing the world through your window.
16 March 2020
This is an in-class exercise I do with my Baby Poets, an attempt to get them to understand the emotional and emblematic power of every day objects.
Make art about one object that represents “possibility” for you.
6 September 2019
Make art about the hurricane, literal or metaphorical, about evacuating, or choosing to ride out the storm, about standing in the eye of the storm.
25 August 2019
Make art about what’s irreplaceable, about losing what can never be regained.
How to help the Amazon rainforest
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and vital to combating climate change. In the aftermath of the wildfires, several organizations have stepped up to assist in aid or other ways to help save the Amazon. The following organizations have been rated 4 out of 5 stars by Charity Navigator, a non-profit that evaluates financial health, transparency and accountability in charities.
- Amazon Conservation Team fights climate change, protect the Amazon and empower indigenous peoples.
- Amazon Conservation Association accepts donations and lists exactly what your money goes toward –– whether it’s planting trees, sponsoring education, buying a solar panel and preserving indigenous lands.
- Donate to the Rainforest Trust to help buy land in the rainforest. The organization has saved over 23 million acres and counting since 1988.
- The Rainforest Foundation is committed to making sure donations made reaches projects such as supporting environmental defenders, indigenous advocacy organizations and deforestation monitoring.
From “What You Can Do to Help the Burning Amazon Rainforest” —from CBS News
11 August 2019
Out of the rolling ocean the crowd came a drop gently to me/Whispering I love you…
Make art about the feeling that comes when seeing the ocean.
25 July 2019
“Jungle rain had no beginning or end; it grew like foliage from the sky, branching and arching to the earth, sometimes in solid thickets entangling the islands, and other times, in tendrils of blue mist curling out of coastal clouds. The jungle breathed an eternal green that fevered men.”-Leslie Marmon Silko
Make art using a jungle as the inspiration or central metaphor.
12 July 2019
Make art about extinction, about what’s going extinct.
21 June 2019
Happy Litha! Midsummer! Summer Solstice!
Make art about the solstice, about a solstice ritual, about the long light.
10 June 2019
Make art about starlight, about what you see written in the stars.