In this week’s positive art news you’ll learn about a museum exhibition that honors women artists. You’ll read a reference to a book about Marcel Proust who endorsed the merits of artists in our society. You’ll find out about NEA’s invitation for you to share your story about the arts. You can also watch a video here about the importance of drawing. And, there is more positive art news that will surely brighten your day.
Imagine, while many people sit hypnotized in front of their computers, televisions or newspapers for prolonged periods of time addicted to negative news stories, the world is flourishing with positive art news!
Museum Exhibition of Women Designers
The Museum of Arts and’s Health Care Foundation, Design presents “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today” that evens the playing field in favor of women artists. It considers the important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture. In the 1950s and 60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had considerable impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. This exhibition surveys over 100 works by designers, artists, and teachers. It spans Toshiko Takaezu’s ceramics, Sheila Hicks’s weaving, Eva Zeisel’s plateware, Lenore Tawney’s fiber art, and designs by Dorothy Liebes, who was known as “the mother of modern weaving, and many more. On HuffingtonPost.com Katherine Brooks makes the valid point, “It reminds us that while Josef Albers was puttering around with paint and color studies, his wife Anni Albers was breaking ground in textiles and graphic design — Josef just happened to garner a bit more attention.” Read more.
Artists Deserve Acclaim Says Marcel Proust
In the book “How Proust Can Change Your Life” by Alain De Botton one learns that for Marcel Proust, French novelist, critic, and essayist, the great artists deserve acclaim because they show us the world in a way that is fresh, appreciative, and alive. Proust referred to the opposite of art as habit. In “Proust on What Art Does for the Soul and How to Stop Letting Habit Blunt Our Aliveness” by Maria Popva on BrainPickings, “For Proust, much of life is ruined for us by a blanket or shroud of familiarity that descends between us and everything that matters. It dulls our senses and stops us appreciating everything, from the beauty of a sunset to our work and our friends. This, for Proust, is what one group in the population does all the time: artists. Artists are people who strip habit away and return life to its deserved glory.” Read more.
Drawing is Essential For Everyone
“Drawing is an important part of becoming a fully rounded human being”, emphasizes Andrew Marr in this wonderful video from The Campaign for Drawing, a national arts education charity which champions the importance of drawing. “Drawing is a fundamental tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.” You’ll hear remarks from the people behind The World’s Biggest Drawing Festival – The Big Draw — Andrew Marr – Broadcaster and Campaign Patron, Peter Ayres – Architect for Beep Studio, Briony Marshall – Sculptor and Former Biochemist, Massimo Acanfora – Creative Director, Conran and Partners. Learn more about The Campaign for Drawing: www.campaignfordrawing.org
Veterans Receive Art Therapy in Canadian Hospital
“An innovative art program at Parkwood Institute heals wounds and forges bonds among veterans” proclaims St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. The article describes an intergenerational Veterans Arts group called Inter/Activity, “which brings together inpatient veterans from 3 Kent-Essex at Parkwood Institute and outpatient veterans from the Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic. Working together they develop and create a wide variety of art projects.” The article continues, “The sessions begin with conversation, then the mud begins to fly— or at least it did when the group was elbow deep in liquid clay excavated from the site of the new Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building.” Read more.
Creative Aging Initiative Trains Teaching Artists
With the generous support of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will begin a three-year Creative Aging initiative that will train teaching artists to work effectively with older adults, foster use of best practices (including engagement and retention strategies specific to older audiences) in arts organizations that develop creative aging programs, and integrate the arts into established aging and healthcare service organizations and infrastructures. Read more.
NEA Asks You To Share How You Feel About The Arts
This year, 2015, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, which created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. To better recount the story of the NEA and the arts in America, NEA is asking everyone to share their stories of how the arts have influenced their lives. Starting September 29, the date the Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, NEA will begin posting stories on its website and promoting them across its social media. Learn more.