Monthly Archives: February 2016

Paducah_UNESCO_Annual_Report_2015_bbcadcd0-7a9b-4106-9a91-ef9de5e99e0c.pdf

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The Arts Driving Economic Development in Paducah, Kentucky:

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Courtesy of design-daufore magazine

Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

     The arts can be powerful drivers of economic development; they are too seldom included as an acknowledged and serious part of a community’s planning for the future. In spite of frequent nods to the idea of the “creative economy,” most politicians and planners do not take it seriously.

     Paducah, Kentucky is a small city with big ideas that has included creativity and the arts as an equal partner in community and economic development. I will be focusing on Paducah in my book in progress “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.”

     Today’s post is the Paducah section of the UNESCO annual report on its network of creative cities across the globe. It introduces you to creative Paducah and to the international network of creative cities developed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

     The images on the post are of colorful communities courtesy of design-dautore magazine

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Source: Paducah_UNESCO_Annual_Report_2015_bbcadcd0-7a9b-4106-9a91-ef9de5e99e0c.pdf

Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

The Creative Apothecary Supports the Arts as Deep Drivers of Local Economies!

Gardening and the Secret of Happiness – Brain Pickings

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More on the Power of Gardens and Gardening:

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Courtesy of Old Moss Woman's Secret Garden

Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

     Over the last several weeks I have shared several posts on healing gardens–natural woodland places; botanical gardens; private and public gardens of many kinds; the glass gardens of Dale Chihuly, standing alone or enhancing planned and natural gardens.

     Brain Pickings is one of my favorite sources of good reads to share. In today’s post, Maria Popova introduces us to Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “Braiding Sweetgrass,” a blend of science, art, philosophy, and storytelling well worth reading. This post also includes a video interview with Robin Wall Kimmerer. Enjoy!

     The images on this post are from another of my favorite sources, Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden.

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“It came to me while picking beans, the secret of happiness.”

Source: Gardening and the Secret of Happiness – Brain Pickings

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Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

Courtesy of Old Moss Woman's Secret Garden

Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Healing Power of Gardens!

The Definitive Guide to Creativity

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Monday Morning Suggestions for Developing Creativity:

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Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

First, a caveat: there is no such thing as a definitive guide to creativity.

     Having said that, this post offers some excellent suggestions to help you open up the the creative person within you. Adam Davis offers some thoughtful suggestions for awakening the maker within. On a sluggish Monday, after watching the Oscars, all help is appreciated!

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Source: The Definitive Guide to Creativity

Courtesy of Education Closet

Courtesy of Education Closet

Courtesy of Education Closet

Courtesy of Education Closet

The Creative Apothecary Believes There Is a Creative Spirit Within Each of Us!

 

Loving Cat Helps Girl With Autism Lead A More Joyful Life

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Early Childhood/Special Needs Education, Another Look at Iris Grace:

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

     Regular readers of this blog know that for two years I have been following the adventures of Iris Grace, a young girl with autism in the UK. The story of how her parents are helping her to grow through exploring, creativity, and the friendship of her Maine coon cat Thula was published in the UK last week. Today’s post offers insight into the development of Iris Grace and her relationship to her animal friend.

     I have posted often  on the experiences of Iris Grace as she develops because I believe that what her family is doing to create a caring and creative environment for her has many lessons for early childhood education everywhere. We have gone dreadfully wrong in the US in making preschool a shadow and reflection of the traditional academic environment of the elementary school. Indeed, that environment is wrong and doing great harm to children as well.

     The images here are all from Iris Grace Painting.

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“Iris Grace, now 6 years old, was diagnosed with autism in 2011. Because of her condition, Iris faces challenges that most children her age don’t. While her peers are well on their way to communicating their needs and wants effectively …”

Source: Loving Cat Helps Girl With Autism Lead A More Joyful Life

Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

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Courtesy of iris Grace Painting

The Creative Apothecary Supports Play and Exploration in Early Childhood Education!

A Day to Remember in the Ansel Adams Wilderness | PROOF

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The Exquisite Beauty of Black & White Photography, A Sunday Treat:

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Philodendron in the Snow Series 2016 Copyright Regina MJ Kyle

Philodendron in the Snow Series 2016
Copyright Regina MJ Kyle

     I try each weekend to share one post simply for the sheer beauty of it. As a longtime photographer I love most of all the haunting images that black and white photography offers. I can–and often do–go wild with color when converting photographs to digital paintings. Always I find myself returning time and time again to the purity of monochromatic forms.

     Today’s post is from National Geographic magazine and features the photographs of Peter Essick taken in the Ansel Adams Wilderness area near Yosemite National Park. Enjoy this feast for the eyes and the mind.

     The images on this blog are from my Winter 2016 series, taken in Westport, Massachusetts.

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“The sky was clear on the August morning when I woke before sunrise at Thousand Island Lake in the High Sierra Mountains near Yosemite National Park. I was photographing a story for National Geographic…”

Source: A Day to Remember in the Ansel Adams Wilderness | PROOF

Ice Patterns from Winter 2016 Copyright Regina MJ Kyle

Ice Patterns from Winter 2016
Copyright Regina MJ Kyle

White on White, Winter Series 2016 Copyright Regina MJ Kyle

White on White, Winter Series 2016
Copyright Regina MJ Kyle

The Creative Apothecary Revels in the Beauty of Black & White Photography!

Study finds toddlers can invent simple tools, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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More Support for Play/Exploration Approach to Early Childhood Education:

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Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

     One of the education disasters of our time is the pushing down of academic approaches to preschool education. It will take generations for us to recover from this–and only if we recognize and change directions immediately. Montessori, Waldorf, and Emilia Reggio all provide models that can ease the transition. My book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” builds on our understanding that all human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing.

     This post from The Straits Times shares the results of a recent study by Professor Eva Reindl of the University of Birmingham’s (UK) School of Psychology. (Note: I spent two years at the University’s Shakespeare Institute in the 1960s.) The study is an important building block in the support for more person- and play-centered approach to early childhood education.

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“Europe News -PARIS (AFP) – Toddlers can figure out how to make and use simple tools without being taught, said a study Wednesday that defies conventional wisdom and earlier research.. Read more at straitstimes.com.”

Source: Study finds toddlers can invent simple tools, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Play and Exploration for Children!

90-year-old Auschwitz survivor triumphs in sell-out dance duet | The Times of Israel

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Creative Aging is Everywhere, Dance Knows No Age:

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Courtesy of Education Closet

Courtesy of Education Closet

     The arts played critical roles in the survival of people in the WWII German concentration camps. In earlier posts I have shared stories about musicians and the ways in which music essentially saved their lives. Today’s post tells the inspiring story of a former prisoner who found the way to creative aging through dancing.

     This story from The Times of Jerusalem features Eva Fahidi, a 90-year-old Hungarian holocaust survivor. Her dance performance, Sea Lavender or the Euphoria of Being, brings her story to life through a partnership with a younger dancer. It is a powerful tribute to the healing and transforming powers of the arts.

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As Eva Fahidi’s performance premiers in Berlin, the Hungarian’s newfound love of expression through movement truly proves it is never too late…”

Source: 90-year-old Auschwitz survivor triumphs in sell-out dance duet | The Times of Israel

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Courtesy of Education Closet

Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

Courtesy of Artwell Art Therapy

The Creative Apothecary Supports Creative Aging in Every Community!

Music and Memory: How Songs Rejuvenate Seniors’ Lives | Texas Standard

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More Good Reports About the Healing Power of Music:

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Courtesy of National Association of Music Educators

Courtesy of National Association of Music Educators

     The healing power of music is a recurring theme in my book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. I have included information about the Music and Memory program established by Dan Cohen in many posts. Over the last several months, as a result of the documentary Alive Inside, more nursing homes and assisted living facilities are aware of and implementing the program for their patients with dementia.

     This post shares the story from Texas Standard of how Hill Country Senior Care is offering the Music and Memory program to its seniors. Letting people know about the possibilities for renewing the lives of those with dementia through music is very important. These programs also help families to reconnect with loved ones.

Read…Listen…View…Share…Support Music and Memory Programs in Your Community!

Source: Music and Memory: How Songs Rejuvenate Seniors’ Lives | Texas Standard

Courtesy of Music for Young Children

Courtesy of Music for Young Children

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Courtesy of Education Closet

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Healing Power of Music!

TheaterJones | Movement Therapy | Dance for PD

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Dance Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease, Integrating the Arts into Medicine:

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Courtesy of Music for the World

Courtesy of Music for the World

     Integrating the arts into medicine takes many shapes: dancing is a great way to exercise, combining as it does music and bodily movement; dancing has become part of the therapy for the treatment of many problems. One of the more recent uses of dance as therapy is with people with Parkinson’s disease and their families.

     The Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Program was created in 2001 at the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York City. Recently the program became involved with the Dallas Museum of Art in conjunction with its exhibition of Jackson Pollock’s work. This post from Theater Jones offers an introduction of Dance for Parkinson’s Disease’s work and its introduction to the Dallas area.

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Source: TheaterJones | Movement Therapy | Dance for PD

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Courtesy of Dancing with Cats

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

The Creative Apothecary Supports Dance Therapy!

THE SINGING RINGING TREE DOCUMENTARY * www.bradley.tv – YouTube

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Arts in the Environment, Panopticon Arts & Regeneration in East Lancashire, UK:

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Courtesy of Moss Woman's Secret Garden

Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

Do you know the songs of the wind? Hear them here.

      The arts have the power to restore and enrich the environment in many ways. One extraordinary environmental arts project is the Panopticon Arts & Regenration project in East Lancashire in the United Kingdom. The Singing Ringing Tree is a sculptural form made of pipes that catches the wind and turns it into haunting and ever changing melodies. This video shares these wind songs emerging from the renewed local environment.

     The images are tiny faerie houses, courtesy of the Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden, more examples of art enriching the natural world.

Listen…View…Read…Share…How Are the Arts Participating in Your Environment?

Courtesy of Moss Woman's Secret Garden

Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

Courtesy of Moss Woman's Secret Garden

Courtesy of Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden

The Creative Apothecary Encourages the Arts in the Natural Environment!