art makes life.

“…[begin] with an understanding that the impulse to create, express and connect is universal, that we all are culture-makers, and that art is highly social, moral and cognitive.”

Getting ready for this weekend’s Studio Opening, a friend passed this article along to me about the role of Teaching Artists in our communities. It is a lovely discussion of what can unfold when we place value on creative intelligence.

Creating Be Space is a way for me to support the vital role the expressive arts play in our social and personal well-being.

For the past several weeks I have been meeting with a remarkable array of artists and cultural creatives. Inviting these people to co-create with the studio has been a source of amazement and privilege for me. You will see some of these people on the schedule of events in the coming months.

My wish is that everyone who comes through Be Space can catch a spark of the underlying love and inspiration the people teaching here bring to their work.  And that we can begin to glimpse a world where artists are encouraged as a key source of social resilience.

If you come this weekend, you will have the chance to meet some of these folks — Kris Bella from FreeArts NW and teaching artist Melanie Gurley to name a couple.

Restoring Connection in a Fragmented World

Restoring Connection in a Fragmented World

It’s an astounding time on Earth in pretty much every way — in turns dramatic and disturbing, emergent and encouraging.

And although it isn’t all kittens and rainbows, I have felt incredibly buoyed and heartened knowing that we are sharing the journey together.

Today I am officially …

As told by NatureMind

As told by NatureMind

Creative impulses often show up as medicine, even when we don’t think we’re sick. The first edition of the Dreamfruit Almanac came out in 2020. And we all know what a remarkable and strange year that was. It isn't lost on me that this book and its storied landscape...