Monthly Archives: May 2015

Here’s Where Grandmas Get Lessons In Graffiti–And Demonstrate Mad Street-Art Skillz | Fast Company | Business Innovation

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Street Art and creative aging, two big themes in my book “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” are alive and well in Lisbon, Portugal.

Today’s link is to a great story about senior citizens in Lisbon working on collaborative public wall paintings. I will post a second story later today on junk being made into creative street art in the same city. I think I will take a deeper look into the arts in Lisbon for the book.

If you know of any interesting examples from anywhere in the world, use the contact form below to tell me about it. Happy Sunday!

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Here’s Where Grandmas Get Lessons In Graffiti–And Demonstrate Mad Street-Art Skillz | Fast Company | Business Innovation.

 

 

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Courtesy of Iona Senior Services, Washington, DC

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Regina MJ Kyle

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Photos Capture The Joy On Playgrounds Around The World : Goats and Soda : NPR

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The philosophical foundations for my book “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” lie in the interactions among the sources of all development: playing, making, and knowing. One of the most unfortunate developments in education has been the loss of a sense of play and exploration and the reduction of play to sports.

Across the world there is a growing movement focusing on the importance of play in the development of children. There are university departments doing research and organizations working to return play to its central role in human development. There are artists working to make creative places for children and adults to flourish.

Today’s post is a wonderful link to NPR’s Goats and Soda, one of my favorite sources for good ideas and happenings. Enjoy the wonderful images here.

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Photos Capture The Joy On Playgrounds Around The World : Goats and Soda : NPR.

Children and Teachers Vrygrond, SA

Children and Teachers
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Playing with Light Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

Playing with Light
Regina MJ Kyle, 2014

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive.

 

Author Maxine Hong Kingston on Working With Veterans | BillMoyers.com

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Courtesy Veterans Art Foundation

On this Memorial Day I want to share the experience of a splendid writer, Maxine Hong Kingston, and her work with veterans. One section of my book “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” focuses on how veterans are using the arts to assist the transition to civilian life, as well as how they are developing as writers, musicians, and visual artists.

Several organizations, among them the Veterans Art Foundation and Military Experience and the Arts work with veteran artists in many ways. In what this section from Bill Moyers program, he shares Maxine Hong Kingston’s work with veterans over many decades.

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Author Maxine Hong Kingston on Working With Veterans | BillMoyers.com.

Acoaxet Abstracts Regina MJ Kyle

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Regina MJ Kyle

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive.

Patton grandson promotes storytelling | The Lawton Constitution

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Courtesy of National Veterans Art Museum

On this Memorial Day weekend, I want to share some of the interesting research I have been doing for my book “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.” One focus of the book is how the arts have been central to helping returning veterans past and present renew and transform their lives. There are many wonderful organizations involved in this: the National Veterans Art Museum, Military Experience and the Arts, the Veterans Art Program, and others. They will all be featured in the book and in the series of resource guides that are growing out of it.

Recently the wonderful organization Military Experience and the Arts had its second annual symposium in Lawton, Oklahoma. One of the participants was the grandson of World War II General George Patton. He emphasized the importance of storytelling in the process of  healing from trauma. Check out this article from the Lawton Constitution.

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Patton grandson promotes storytelling | The Lawton Constitution.

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Courtesy of the National Veterans Art Museum

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Making Cities and Towns Livable for All Ages – Next Avenue

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As the aging population grows, one important development is the focus on making cities and towns livable places for people of all ages. This takes creativity and perseverance in implementation. In my book “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creativity in the Dance of Life,” I share success stories and lessons in making communities places that honor and support the wisdom of elders.

It is important to draw lessons from these successful communities and adapt them to where we live and work. This is an excellent article to help start the process.

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Making Cities and Towns Livable for All Ages – Next Avenue.

 

 

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Acoaxet Abstracts Regina MJ Kyle

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Regina MJ Kyle

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive.

Creativity Just As Important As Math And Science | USA Today High School Sports | USA Today High School Sports

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One of the rewarding aspects of doing research for the book “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” is seeing the emergence of a more holistic approach to life and education. When USA Today High School Sports publishes the article attached, you know that change really is coming, if a bit too slowly for some of us.

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Creativity Just As Important As Math And Science | USA Today High School Sports | USA Today High School Sports.

 

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Art Is Vital – The Atlantic

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As I have been doing the research for my book “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities” I have come across several articles in the Atlantic that support and extend the need for the arts in our individual and community life.

As the revolution in the important role of the arts continues, it is through the mainstream press such as The Atlantic that it begins to show itself to the broader public. Enjoy this article and pass it on.

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Art Is Vital – The Atlantic.

Regina MJ Kyle, 2015

Regina MJ Kyle, 2015

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Courtesy of Cathy Malchiodi

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Massachusetts, Washington State lead U.S. trauma-sensitive school movement « ACEs Too High

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River Dreams. Healing Waters Regina MJ Kyle 2015

River Dreams. Healing Waters
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

As I am collecting stories for my book “Shaping Lives,Transforming Communities: Creative Expression and the Dance of Life,” I am exploring how the arts and creativity are being used to help young people recovering from traumatic experiences. These experiences are not confined to war or major catastrophes but can come as a part of everyday life in far too many communities.

There is a growing understanding of the importance of so-called “trauma-sensitive” approaches in schools, especially those serving students raised in poverty and in families where abuse occurs. It is good to know that Massachusetts is one of the sates leading the way in using these approaches with children.

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Massachusetts, Washington State lead U.S. trauma-sensitive school movement « ACEs Too High.

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Courtesy of the Butterfly Project, Vygord South Africa

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Here’s What Happens When You Give Florists Thousands Of Flowers And 48 Hours In An Abandoned House

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In working on my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” I am collecting stories about how communities transform themselves after traumatic events. Detroit is one of the those communities.

It is the stories of individuals renewing the city and creating new ways of finding hope that make the difference. There are many in Detroit. This most recent one fires the imagination and offers insight into how a community is shaped by the creative expression of the individuals and groups within it. How many of us would have thought of making derelict homes places where flowers bring hope for the future through the installations now there and planned for the fall.

Enjoy this story and admire the sheer beauty and it brings in the midst of rebuilding.

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Here’s What Happens When You Give Florists Thousands Of Flowers And 48 Hours In An Abandoned House.

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Courtesy of Wee Folks Quilts/Arts

Tiny Landscapes Regina MJ Kyle 2015

Tiny Landscapes
Regina MJ Kyle 2015

The Kyle Group, Our Work Is Keeping Creativity Alive.

A Baltimore Artist Turns A Liberian School Into A Mural Masterpiece : Goats and Soda : NPR

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Courtesy of Ari Shapiro

Public art serves many purposes. This school in Liberia served as a medical center during the Ebola crisis and was essentially wrecked by fearful and angry people.

Now it has been cleaned and returned to its original purpose as a school. An artist from Baltimore, working with a local team in Liberia has turned into a gem of public art, a place for both the students and the community to cherish. I will be featuring it in my book “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life” as an example of how art helps communities to recover from traumatic experiences.

If you know of other good examples, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to let me know about it.

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A Baltimore Artist Turns A Liberian School Into A Mural Masterpiece : Goats and Soda : NPR.

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Courtesy of Cathy Malchiodi

Change Is Always Possible Digital Mandala,  Regina MJ Kyle 2014

Change Is Always Possible
Digital Mandala,
Regina MJ Kyle 2014

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