Social Artistry in Action in South Eastern US
Social Artistry Alliance of South East US, now known as SAASE, met on March 12, 2016 at Joy Jinks’ home in Colquitt, Ga. Present were: Agnes Furey and Margaret Ashmore, Tallahassee, Audri Scott Williams and Karen Hunter Watson, Cottonwood, Al., Tannur Ali, Albany GA, Joy Jinks, Carey Collie, Sandra Burch, Colquitt, GA. Joining by Skype were Judith Minnema, the Hague and Jan Sanders, Orilla, Canada.
Plans were made for the Building Creative Communities Conference, January 2017. The theme will be Building Creative Communities: The New Economy, Creativity as Currency. The group agreed that this title was one of the hottest topics in discussion now, especially among young adults. The group brainstormed speakers: Aduri, Charles Eisenstein, Rhea Miller, and others. There will be a call for proposals from people who are living various aspects of the new economy, also called the gift economy or the love economy. These include but are not limited to: barter/trade, time banking, recycling, thrift stores, co-ops, volunteering. This theme will be woven through all four days and will be the focus of speakers and a world café on Sunday morning.
Each person talked about the Social Artistry work they are currently doing and their plans for the summer.
Jan Sanders has written a professional article based on the work in Aruba, called The Four Pillars of Collaboration. She is documenting the work with principals in all the schools in Aruba. She will be teaching Social Artistry in Nepal in May. She will be taking the concept of The Red Flame of Freedom to Nepal to help combat sex trafficking in that country.
Judith Minnema is working with two churches in Amsterdam using Story Circles to conduct programs on Meaning. In April she will lead an Introduction to Social Aristry and a deepening with Tannur later. She is inaugurating a one year training called Pioneering in the Universe.
Tannur Ali is a presenter in the Thriving Communities Conference on Widby Island next week. She will be working with Audri and Karen to lead the arts component in the Red Flame of Freedom initiative across the country. She submitted a proposal and will be presenting poetry and Social Artistry in Slovenia in September.
Joy Jinks is promoting her book Dynamic Aging: I Intend to Live Forever, So Far, So Good. She spoke in Wiggins, MS. recently on her book and on Swamp Gravy at a conference entitled The Creative Economy. On April 6 she will speak to Vaughn Grisham’s honors class in Oxford, MS. Other speaking engagements include The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in AK and the National Neighborhood Associations conference in Memphis, TN. On her website, joyjinks.com, she has a blog and a radio show. She has interviewed 13 dynamic elders for her radio show.
Agnes Furey announced that the latest presentation of the play Wildflowers in the Median was at the Catholic Church in Tallahassee as part of their Peace and Justice Symposium. She continues to speak and appear on panels to promote restorative justice. She brought the book Human in which she and her work on restorative justice is featured.
Karen Hunter Watson and Audri Scott Williams are leading The Red Flame of Freedom Walk around the country to raise awareness of current forms of slavery: human trafficking, sex trafficking, mass incarceration and children in poverty. It kicks off in Dothan on April 2, then Atlanta on April 22. The initiative travels across the country and ends in Washington in September.
Each program will begin with Social Artistry for social change on Friday evenings and include artistic presentations around freedom. Saturdays will include coalition-building workshops, the Freedom Walk, Art in the Garden and Freedom pole planting. Saturday will include an interfaith service. Karen is developing a new album of her music as a part of the Walk. mailto:email@example.com
Margaret Ashmore reported that her 12 students who attended the BCC in Jan were so excited and inspired that they have planned an inter-professional symposium for students on March 26. Students from the Colleges of Medicine, Urban Planning, Art Therapy and Social Work will collaborate in a forum on Creative Community Engagement. Melanie Hammet and Joy Jinks have been invited to participate. Margaret is still working with the Rosalynn Carter initiative for caregivers of disabled veterans. She asked for help in locating these caregivers.
Carey Collie is still hoping to be a part of bringing the healing arts to the new oncology wing of Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany.
Sandra Burch announced the publication of her third book, Remember Me. She is speaking on domestic violence whereever she is invited and is raising awareness of the issue especially among young people.
Top image: Colquitt, GA is a thriving center for the birth of Social Artistry projects that range from local to global outreach.
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