Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Beacon of Hope in Education – Turnaround Arts

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Working Together to Transform Schools: The NEA and Turnaround Arts:

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Courtesy of Buddha Doodles

          I am preparing the first resource guide in my Living Through Creativity Series and it will serve as an introduction to the series as a whole. I am spotlighting a small group of outstanding local and national initiatives working to make a difference. In education Turnaround Arts, a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, and others is working with at risk schools in many states. They are using the arts as vehicles of transformation in education. Today’s post brings you to one section of the Turnaround Arts website. I hope you will explore the entire website and learn how the arts can make a difference to young people in your community.

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ource: WHAT WE DO – Turnaround Arts

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The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Work of Turnaround Arts!

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Building a Maker Educator Learning Community in Pittsburgh | Agency by Design

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A Beacon of Hope in Transforming Schools, Remake Learning 1:

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Courtesy of Buddha Doodles

          I am preparing the first of my resource guide series, Living Through Creativity, as an introduction to the entire series. I have selected examples from every area of my research to–beacons of hope illuminating the real transformation that people across the world. In education one of those lighthouses of excellence is the Remake Learning collaborative in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This week I will publish several posts that offer insights into how people in the Pittsburgh area are developing new ways of collaborating in transforming education in their communities.

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Source: Building a Maker Educator Learning Community in Pittsburgh | Agency by Design

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The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Work of the Remake Learning Collaborative!

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John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative – Brain Pickings

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Focus on Creativity this Weekend, Forget the Week’s Crap!

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Courtesy of Buddha Doodles

           Get beyond the disasters of the week and replenish your creative energies. This is another wonderful share from Brain Pickings. Get to know John Cleese’s ideas about creativity and put them into practice. Above all, avoid the blood-sucking ghouls in the media for the weekend! Images, with much-needed thoughts, from Buddha Doodles!

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Courtesy of Buddha Doodles

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Courtesy of Buddha Doodles

 

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Creativity in Our Lives!

 

 

“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”

Source: John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative – Brain Pickings

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Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument | Education | The Guardian

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Powering Up Your Brain Through Music:

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Courtesy of the Boston Camerata

          Learning to play a instrument, singing in a chorus, listening to music–all these help our brains to grow, develop, mature, and heal. Today’s post from The Guardian is a great introduction to who should play music for your brain’s sake!

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“Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills…”

Source: Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument | Education | The Guardian

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Courtesy of Growing Bolder

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Music!

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About Creative Forces | NEA

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The Expressive Arts Therapies and the Military, New Dimensions:

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Courtesy of Art Therapist Canada

          Over the last decade there has been an increasing acceptance and use of the arts as therapy in the treatment of returning service men and women. One of the most important developments has been the growth of the Creative Forces Collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Veterans Administration. Today’s post will introduce you to the work of the Creative Forces and includes a powerful video on how music and art therapies are making a difference in the lives of wounded veterans and their families.

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Source: About Creative Forces | NEA

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Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

Courtesy of Art Therapy with Create and Transform

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Healing Power of the Arts!

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Defiance Through Laughter And (Gentle) Clowns | Huffington Post

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The Wonderful, Inspiring Clowns Without Borders:

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Courtesy of Clowns Without Borders USA

          It is no secret that I am a great admirer of Clowns Without Borders; they do amazing work in helping communities around the world recover from disaster and trauma. The current spate of weird clown appearances across the country has me quite angry that the wonderful work of these clowns and the clown doctors in children’s hospitals should be affected by thoughtless and cruel individuals. This share from the Huffington Post will help you to understand the work of these healers in our time.

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Source: Defiance Through Laughter And (Gentle) Clowns | Huffington Post

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The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Work of Clowns Without Borders and Clown Doctors!

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The Arts And Aging: 5 Surprising Insights On Creativity

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Becoming More Creative as We Age:

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          I am working on the design and development of The School of Creative Aging. Following the pioneering work of Dr. Gene Cohen and the establishment of the National Center for Creative Aging, evidence is continually coming to light about the importance of creative engagement as we age. Forbes magazine shares the lessons learned by Next Avenue writer Heidi Raschke at a recent conference on international creative aging. Be patient–you have to get past the Forbes intro to articles.

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“The latest work on aging shows the benefits of creative engagement. Experts from the Netherlands, Taiwan and the U.S shared their insights on creativity.”

Source: The Arts And Aging: 5 Surprising Insights On Creativity

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Creative Aging!

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Before Google Earth: A Rare Cartographic Compendium From Renaissance Europe

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For the Map Freaks Among Us, Some Renaissance City Views:

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Casa Batilo, Barcelona Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

Casa Batilo, Barcelona
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          Every so often I share an interesting find from the wonderful world of maps. Mapping is one of the most fascinating of human endeavors and the detailed, artistic maps of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance offer insight into the human ingenuity and imagination.You can get a modern edition of Cities of the World from Taschen. Kudos to Hyperallergic for sharing the story of this treasure.

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“Long before the ubiquity of Google Maps, these colorful engravings, produced between 1572 and 1617, comprised the world’s most accurate and elaborate collection of urban cartography ever made.”

Source: Before Google Earth: A Rare Cartographic Compendium From Renaissance Europe

Casa Batilo, Barcelona Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

Casa Batilo, Barcelona
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Casa Batilo, Barcelona Courtesy of design-dautore magazine

Casa Batilo, Barcelona
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The Creative Apothecary Loves the Art/Science of Map Making!

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25 Awesome Art Books for Kids – Art is Basic | An Elementary Art Blog

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Great Art Books for Kids, foe Parents and Teachers:

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          This is a wonderful resource list for teachers and parents looking for art books for kids. Art Is Basic is a blog for elementary school teachers, but parents will find it a treasure as well.

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“I’m back with another list of 25 more of my favorite art books!  Be forewarned, this is a long post.  I have given you extra details about the books and some ideas to spark your lesson…”

Source: 25 Awesome Art Books for Kids – Art is Basic | An Elementary Art Blog

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The Creative Apothecary Says Art Is Essential in Elementary Education!

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How to boost your energy levels – The Hippocratic Post

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Introducing a Great New Blog from the UK, The Hippocratic Post:

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Courtesy of Monet's Palate

Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

          I am always on the lookout for sources of information and ideas. Today I am introducing you to a medical blog from the UK, The Hippocratic Post. This blog tackles all things medical in the broadest sense of the word. We all need to find ways to keep our energy high. Today’s post brings some excellent suggestions from my favorite new resource.

          Images on this are from Monet’s Palate, a wonderful new cookbook from Monet’s garden at Giverny.

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“If you feel exhausted when you come off shift or even facing the prospect of hauling yourself out of bed, you are not alone. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, one in five people at any given time feels unusually tired and one in 10 suffers prolonged fatigue. Staying energised and alert throughout the day is not always easy, particularly when the average Briton gets six and a half hours sleep a night, well below the 8.1 hours per night which is the average requirement for adults. Your body’s own 24-hour clock, known as the Circadian rhythm, also affects how…”

Source: How to boost your energy levels – The Hippocratic Post

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Courtesy of Monet’s Palate

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