July Artist Spotlight: Guerilla Haiku Founder Caley Vickerman

July Artist Spotlight: Guerilla Haiku Founder Caley Vickerman

“I wanted to experiment with tools that would embolden my students to interact with new people in public spaces.  Over time this evolved into the Guerilla Haiku Movement.  People share their stories in 17-syllables, but they also connect more deeply with themselves, the people around them and the places that they live.  It is my belief that these small moments of sharing and connection is how empathy is built, how to renew a sense of commitment to our public spaces, and how, eventually, bottom-up community development occurs.”

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March Artist Spotlight: Musician of Preservation, Laura MacKenzie

March Artist Spotlight:  Musician of Preservation, Laura MacKenzie

"When performing, I always remember what an effort it is for people to even decide to come out, to travel, park, pay if needs be, enter an unfamiliar room - what faith they have, to just get to the venue. I always intend to honor that faith, and give them something which over time I have found to be of great value. I do not try to compromise the music or song with too many efforts to be popular or familiar."

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February Artist Spotlight: Introspective Poet, Rachel Moritz

February Artist Spotlight: Introspective Poet, Rachel Moritz

"With younger kids—say K-3rd grade—the mechanics of spelling and the effort of handwriting can get in the way of pleasure. For older adults with dementia or physical limitations, writing by hand is not always possible. In both cases, focusing on the orality of poetry makes its original delight accessible to all. Respect and love matter in both settings, also imagination and reverie."

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January Artist Spotlight: Circus Artist, Benjamin Domask

January  Artist Spotlight: Circus Artist, Benjamin Domask

"Everything I do is to foster my creativity. Every moment is utilized during the day. It could be in the way I move to pick something up. It could be the way I say hello to a server at a restaurant. It could be how I am answering this question. I try to take each occurrence throughout the day and analyze why they happened. As an actor: so that I can act better. As a clown: so that I can clown better. As a musician: so that I can express the music better."

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December Artist Spotlight: Haitian Hoofer, Djenane Saint Juste

December Artist Spotlight: Haitian Hoofer, Djenane Saint Juste

"I have taught and choreographed in Minnesota, California, Haiti and Cuba, using dance and music to empower people of all ages and connect them with crucial outlets for self-expression. I have always found a way to practice and share the songs and dances that run in my blood. Despite limited resources; I take time to build community wherever I go."

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