Monthly Archives: March 2016

Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places – Project for Public Spaces

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Principles of Creative Placemaking for Your Community:

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Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

     I always find it helpful to have a great summary list for new ventures. For people in a community looking to make it a great place to live, I recommend this thoughtful list from the Project of Public Spaces, a practical and inspiring organization helping communities to transform themselves. By the way, these can be used in turning schools and other organizations around as well.

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“Adapted from our best-seller, How to Turn a Place Around, these eleven common-sense principles are the key to any successful Placemaking effort.”

Source: Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places – Project for Public Spaces

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly, Photograph by Barbara Fitos

Dale Chihuly, Photograph by Barbara Fitos

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Community Involvement in Placemaking!

What is Placemaking? – Project for Public Spaces

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Shaping Our Communities Through Placemaking:

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Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

     The Project for Public Spaces is an innovative organization helping communities to transform themselves into welcoming and creative spaces for the people who live and work in them. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing information, examples, and resources from them. The lessons they are teaching us are important ones as we strive to make our communities healthy and creative for all.

     Today’s post examines some of the basic principles and values that form the foundation of their work and should be ours as community-makers as well.

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“With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.”

Source: What is Placemaking? – Project for Public Spaces

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

The Creative Apothecary Supports Creative Placemaking!

Can Listening to Music Help Control Pain? | Psychology Today

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The Healing Power of Music, Another Perspective:

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Courtesy of Anonymous Poster

Courtesy of Anonymous Poster

     Music is essential for life; there is music in nature and music shaped by humans and their instruments, from the natural voice to man-made creations. One of the most powerful effects of music is its impact on the ills of mind, spirit, and body.

     Romeo Vitelli in this Psychology Today article reports on studies that support the power of music to lessen the impact of pain. There will always be situations in which a pharmacological approach to pain is needed. We need to know about music as both an alternative and a supplement to drug therapy.

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“A new study explores how listening to music can help control pain.”

Source: Can Listening to Music Help Control Pain? | Psychology Today

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Courtesy of National Association of Music Educators

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Courtesy of the Anonymous Designer

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Healing Power of Music!

Accessible And Inclusive International Playground Directory | We’re The Home For Inclusive Playground: Want To Play?

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Play for All Ages, An International Directory:

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

Courtesy of Growing Bolder

     Play is essential for the health and development of people of all ages, young and old, and all abilities. There really is an international movement to develop playgrounds that are creative, sustaining, and welcoming to all.

Accessible Playground and Let Kids Play has an informative directory of playgrounds both in the US and Canada. Check out interesting playgrounds and potential models for inclusive ones in your community.

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“Find pictures, descriptions, addresses and maps of inclusive and accessible playgrounds from around the country. Find out who built them and why.”

Source: Accessible And Inclusive International Playground Directory | We’re The Home For Inclusive Playground: Want To Play?

Courtesy of the International Child Art Foundation

Courtesy of the International Child Art Foundation

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Courtesy of Anonymous Designer

The Creative Apothecary Supports Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds for All Ages!

 

Center for Compassionate Creativity › 111 Values of Compassionate Creativity

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My Latest Discovery, Kali Quinn and the Values of Compassionate Creativity:

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Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

     I am always excited when I discover something or someone new to share with you. Thanks to my old favorites, Clowns Without Borders, I found Kali Quinn and her work on compassionate creativity this morning. AND, she is based in Providence, a short 20 miles away and where I hope to relocate.

     Earlier this morning I shared the Clowns Without Borders post. This one will take you to the Compassionate Creativity website and the list of 111 Values Kali has developed through her work. Check out the entire website and support what she and her team are doing.

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“Consistency. Community. Expression.”

Source: Center for Compassionate Creativity › 111 Values of Compassionate Creativity

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Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Compassionate Creativity!

Discovering the Universal Language of Play ⋆ Clowns Without Borders

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Play and Clowns Without Borders, a Winning Combination:

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

     The importance of play for both children and adults is a recurring theme in my book in progress, Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. Clowns without Borders is an organization using play to help heal the traumas of war and natural disasters. As regular readers of this blog know, I post often about their work.

      This post introduces Kali Quinn, a volunteer with Clowns Without Borders and her new book on compassionate creativity. This is an inspiring read to begin your week.

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“Kali Quinn travelled to Guatelmala and El Salvador as a Clowns Without Borders volunteer in 2010. She has since been teaching, performing, creating theater with people across the US, and recently she recently released a new book called I am … Continue reading →”

Source: Discovering the Universal Language of Play ⋆ Clowns Without Borders

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Clowns Without Borders!

Why You Do Your Best Thinking In The Shower: Creativity & the “Incubation Period” | Open Culture

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Monday is a New Beginning, Thinking Creatively:

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Courtesy of Only Mermaids Musing

     Where and when do you do your best thinking? Good ideas require incubation time–for each of us this will be different. My ideas often emerge during a late afternoon rest or when listening to the pounding waves at the seashore.

     For some, it really may be in the shower. This first post on a Monday morning comes from Open Culture and is itself a wonderful meditation on how we bring new insights to life. It is a most fitting read for a Monday morning in the early spring!

Source: Why You Do Your Best Thinking In The Shower: Creativity & the “Incubation Period” | Open Culture

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

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Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

The Creative Apothecary Wishes You A Day of Bringing Ideas to Life!

Magical Land Art By Andy Goldsworthy | Bored Panda

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Art From Nature, Art In Nature, A Spring Treat:

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Courtesy of the Amazing Geologist

Courtesy of the Amazing Geologist

     Some artists use temporary installations as the foundation of their work; we create and then our creation disappears. The brief life of beauty is suddenly gone. I recently discovered the work of the British sculptor Anthony Goldsworthy, who shapes his works in and with the natural materials of the forest and the land. Viewing them, even just in the ethereal substance of the internet, fosters a spirit of meditation and grace.

     The images on my post are the enduring and ever changing art sculpted by the power of water against stone, courtesy of the Amazing Geologist.

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“Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, renowned in his field, that creates temporary installations out of sticks and stones, and anything and everything else that he finds outside. The son of a mathematician, Goldsworthy grew up working on farms before eventually getting his BA from what is now the University of Central Lancashire. A lot of my work is like picking potatoes, he told the Guardian. You have to get into the rhythm of it.”

Source: Magical Land Art By Andy Goldsworthy | Bored Panda

Courtesy of the Amazing Geologist

Courtesy of the Amazing Geologist

Courtesy of the Amazing Geologist

Courtesy of the Amazing Geologist

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Power of Art in Nature!

Seeing through new eyes: Refugee children paint the wars they’ve survived

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Healing Art for Children Caught in the Trauma of War:

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Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

     What will we do to help the millions of children who have never known anything but war? We know that trauma has lasting effects on the physical, psychological, and spiritual development of young people.

     Save the Children, in addition to providing shelter and food to refugee families has a special program for children called HEART, Healing and Education Through the Arts. Today’s post tells the story of some Syrian refugee children in the HEART program and shares their drawings.

     The images on my post are the work of children in India, students of Art Therapy with Create and Transform.

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Source: Seeing through new eyes: Refugee children paint the wars they’ve survived

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Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

The Creative Apothecary Supports Art Therapy for the Children Caught in Wars!

How to Find Your Bliss: Joseph Campbell on What It Takes to Have a Fulfilling Life – Brain Pickings

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Wisdom in a Time of Renewal and Transformation:

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Courtesy of Anonymous Poster

Courtesy of Anonymous Poster

     Joseph Campbell has been one of my favorite thinkers since my days as a graduate student many years ago. Spring and Easter, periods of transformation and renewal, are good times to revisit his work. Brain Pickings, one of my favorite sources for ideas, offers us a thoughtful look at the heart of Campbell’s work.

     We all need to cherish our sacred space, creating the rooms in our lives for the things that matter most. Take this Easter Sunday read to heart, whatever your religious beliefs, and begin life anew this day.

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“You have to learn to recognize your own depth.”

Source: How to Find Your Bliss: Joseph Campbell on What It Takes to Have a Fulfilling Life – 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 Celebrates Times of Renewal and Transformation!