A culture is dependent on the cultivation of soul and seeing itself through the authentic perception of its creative thinkers. This concept must be taught, advocated for and nurtured from day one of a citizen’s life. I wholeheartedly believe that a unified cultural approach to emphasizing empathy and ultimately an open-minded global consciousness stems from outside-the-box thinking. And this type of deeply American independent thinking will breathe soul back into our society. As a whole it seems we are collectively yearning to nourish creativity. Why else would Starbucks put thought-provoking slogans on cups? Why else are moms across this great country lining up to volunteer to run Young At Art programs regardless of the lack of school funding. Why else would all this fabulous web-content techy stuff have multitudes of design and color options? Are you catching my drift? Our souls are craving beauty at the deepest level, and as a long since YatA mom, I’ve realized I’m not alone. It’s in every classroom, in every cardboard partitioned office and in every home regardless of wall space. For today, let’s dive into our yearning and start at home. Frame something, anything. Write a poem. Read books at the dinner table. Watch your children play video games (but only for a little while!) and then turn them off and have a discussion about what they saw, felt, discovered. Bottom line, get involved in creativity and make it a priority.
Support imagination & creativity on a federal level. Thank you Obama administration and White House Live for these vital oval-table discussions. Imagine what we can do. Just imagine.
[ Oh my the update. This post was originally published on 19 October 2010. Dear current administration…our collective civic soul is yearning for beauty + culture, deeply. Please listen. ]