The following are the headlines of this month’s emails sent in by our friends who are creating and evolving their own meaningful careers. Read on and keep the creative spirit alive!
- Happy Halloween!
- Our Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part One class, “Discovering the Dream” has some amazing members this term. If you are thinking about retooling your career please consider participating in our unique course. The next session for ArtCenter at Night begins the week of January 16, and CMC-Part One will commence on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00. If you have any questions about the ArtCenter at Night classes you may contact, https://www.artcenter.edu/acn/coursedescriptions.jsp
- Brian Biery encourages us to take a look, and to subscribe, to his blog, The Power of One. His blog, “features stories of folks just like us who have a vision for how our world can be: a place that is fair and just to all of its residents.”…
- Cristina Benedetti sent in photos to share of a collaborative project she did combing Los Angeles mural art, Body art, photography, and of course the art of dance to produce some intriguing images that made their way into the body painting magazine, Skin Markz. This is a truly fun and exciting work and we encourage Cristina to continue with the project...
- Natalia Sanchez has embarked on a grand adventure of good will in North Africa. While on a trip to the Sahara Desert she noticed the lack of educational information available to the Berber people especially young women. She has returned to meet with the people of the desert and document her story as she relates, “all my stories about going to the US from Colombia and my journey to reach my dream of working at NASA, as well as encouraging words and teachings on website creation/computer skills…” Her’s is a fascinating and compelling story and we will keep you posted, and you can follow her on her Facebook (TM) page to keep current…
- Catherine Ledner invites us to “…check out the upcoming launch, this November 15, of the KickStarter campaign to fund the completion of their documentary film on prominent American architect, and student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Ledner. The film captures Albert’s singular design, process and inspiration. One sees Albert amidst his current projects at the age of 92 and also reflecting up and examining his body of work and life…
Those were the headlines, now here are the extended inspirational stories of the accomplishments of our creative community members:
- Brian Biery, Photographer, Documentarian- “Hi Tony, Thank you very much for keeping me connected to these great projects!
Here is a new post from my Power of One blog: http://powerofone.brianbiery.com/2016/10/jervey-tervalon/ I hope you are able to share it with your artistic community!”
The POO Blog: This blog features stories of folks just like us who have a vision for how our world can be: a place that is fair and just to all of its residents. Everyone has a role to play and we all have the talents to fulfill them, sometimes we just need a bit of inspiration and encouragement in order to stay the course.
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About Brian Biery: Brian Biery is a documentary photographer who work has been featured in numerous publications. He was the photographer for the book Power of One - Pasadenans Shaping Our Community (2003), written by Traude Gomez.
- Cristina Benedetti- Choreographer, Dancer- “Good morning Tony, Hope everything is well. Here are the information and pictures about the project I did this summer that I promised I would share with you for your blog.
The idea of this project was born with driving the streets of Los Angeles and the desire of working with different artists together. The amount of street art that has appeared in the last few years has been so impressive and beautiful to me. I always find myself stopping by and taking pictures. Plus I have been a dancer for the past 25 yrs. but lately found myself always hanging out with my same peers and wanted to try new things.
So when my best friend Anna Chapovalov, who is a body painter artist, told me she was coming in town to visit me I took the opportunity in hand and asked to do a project together where it was combining her art, my movement, some street art and a photographer. After scouting the streets of L.A. for few weeks I came across a beautiful mural in Hollywood made by famous street artists OG Slick and Chaz Bojorquez to celebrate the historical Hollywood Sound Studio.
So here is a result of 5 different artists coming together. With this project we got an article in a body painting magazine called Skin Markz.”
- Natalia Sanchez- Systems Engineer at JPL/NASA and Educator/Documentarian- “Tony-- I've been thinking about you! Hope all is well in ArtCenter College-land.
Things here in Merzouga (southeastern Morocco) move slowly, and the slow pace has inevitably rubbed off on me a little bit. I've been taking my sweet time gathering thoughts, stories, and whatever writing material I can, but I have enough to tell even at this point (even tho the 2 most exciting things are yet to come). Now the harder task of structuring all my notes into nice little pieces of writing can begin.
I ended up ditching my initial idea of a travel blog website in favor of the much less cumbersome Facebook notes, so I hope you're able to tune in and chime in. I've posted only 2 this far, but I intend for the upcoming ones to be the real meat of the story. I'll likely hold off until I fly to Europe next month to upload more posts, although i'm trying to keep up with the pictures in the meantime (much easier).
I've been lucky to have the help of several locals who work at the tourist camps (with the camels) for the everyday needs like buying food and learning my way around . However, I must say I’ve been disappointed about the lack of interest on educational talks and material around here... it seems they have resigned themselves to a life without opportunities and tell me that people here don't have dreams or hope. I'm hoping that all my stories about going to the US from Colombia and my journey to reach my dream of working at NASA, as well as encouraging words and teachings on website creation/computer skills, helps them gain a more positive perspective.
The language barrier has been a major setback for engaging with the girls/women here. I made the mistake of assuming that women would speak Spanish or English just like all the locals we met when we were here last time—totally overlooking the fact that everyone we interacted with were males (rookie mistake!). BUT, I was able to get an NGO that works to educate Berber and Muslim girls (it's called education for all EFA) to take interest in me coming by for a talk or any kind of volunteering activity. Despite it taking the better part of two months to give me the go, I will be visiting them at their ‘head house’ near Marrakesh in a couple of weeks.”
(Edtor’s note: The rest of this email will be posted in a later blog. Keep tuning in to see how Natalia’s adventure continues…)
“I’ll let you go for now. Sending you my best from here”
Very Best from Catherine Ledner and Roy Beeson.
Designing Life, The Modernist Legacy of Albert C. Ledner is an immersion into the life and work of the modernist architect Albert Ledner. The film captures Albert’s singular design, process and inspiration. One sees Albert amidst his current projects at the age of 92 and also reflecting up and examining his body of work and life. The film is intended for not only architecture aficionados but for people interested in the creative process, invisible design and thinking radically outside the box. The documentary is slated for release in 2017.
A four-minute Preview of the film was recently shown to a warm reception at The Architecture and Design Film Festival in New Orleans this past August.”
Well there you have it. Those are some of the amazing things these incredible artists in our creative circle are creating. Please continue to support the members of our creative community as they design meaning within their careers. Thanks to all for their informative and inspiring contributions.
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