Bringing people together to open more worlds, make beauty, make magic, create peace, create freedom, be more futurist than nostalgic – and use art and its power to build a community. Curator Frank J Miles
Dixon Place, a downtown Manhattan performance venue, hosted Federico Hewson and photographer Christopher Artell to talk about art and social change on Tuesday September 17. I gave out Peace Flames tulip bulbs provided by Brent and Becky's Bulbs in the lounge/conversation bar of this historical Lower East Side venue. I spoke on the history of my project, about socially engaged art, ethical trade and the viewpoints of artists working on social justice and/or social enterprise.
In the current New York atmosphere of artists feeling crushed by spiraling real estate and other stresses Communitas is an opportunity to get together and discuss in a creative think tank about where NY is headed, and the larger conversation about peace, community and sustainability in a rapidly changing local and global culture. What is breaking through out of what is breaking down. .
Four days later was Peace Day - Saturday September 21 and I attended the Educating for a Just, Peaceful and Sustainable Future: The Humane Education Conference sharing Peace Flames tulip bulbs to educators, activists, artists and peace poets who had come together to examine ways to create student solutionists for these challenging times.
Peace grows . .