I am pleased to share I witnessed continued affirmations of art and its purposes in our lives as I attended Arts + Awards of United Arts. I am honored to have been asked to create the actual awards for the recipients. Above is a video sharing my thoughts, process and a bit about the awards.
(I am a bit rusty in slideshow making so you might have to watch twice to catch all the words..)
The United Arts President Margot Knight spoke frankly and to the heart about the people involved in the arts and the positive impact of arts. How the arts nurtures, changes lives, and connects with our souls.
I must share this incredible project;
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando has been named the recipient of two LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project awards bringing valuable cancer support programs to patients in Central Florida. The projects are created by LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, which serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action.Margot shared that when people are in the act of creating they do not experience pain; studies show they do not press on their pain buttons - another aspect of how art heals through the making of art. I reflect on my own art making, and instinctively know its therapeutic.
Working in partnership with United Arts of Central Florida, The Creative Center’s Artists-in-Residence program will offer patients the opportunity to learn about and become absorbed in their own creative resources as they meet the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. read more ...United Arts Interact
Cheers to the nominees and award recipients who make a difference in Central Florida ... sending spirals of positivity around the world. Here's more on the event from Matthew Palm of the Orlando Sentinel
P.S. If you read yesterdays blog post about how art heals I really must share with you how the lovely Secily Wilson accidentally announced that the awards were created by DR. Maria Pedrero... hmmmmm giggles ... Margot re-announced with my full artist name *wink.
Gratitude - To Margot, Emma, Cory, Trudy, Mary, Julianna, Penny, Laura, Jenn... and all of the staff and volunteers who made this event and the arts come alive.