March Artist Spotlight: Poetry Slam Master Danny Solis

March Artist Spotlight: Poetry Slam Master Danny Solis

“The most important thing that writing and performing poetry and spoken word can teach is compassion. When we learn to be empathetic towards each other and towards the world in general we begin to create the world we all dream about, a world of peace and opportunity where we work together to build a really civilized culture where we can all live up to our potential.”

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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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