Quintessential Quotes: Art & Soul


My favorite pic of all time! From the ARTcart in Oakland 2009 ~ Lisa Raz

“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.”
 ~Terri Guillemets

Top 5 Reason's You Should Take An ARTbreak

Take an "Art Break" with your community! 

Take an "Art Break with the world!

Art Break Day takes place ANNUALLY on the FIRST FRIDAY in September. This year it is on 9/5/214. Art Sites are set up in cities around the world and everyone is invited to sit down, take a break, and make art for FREE!

an infographic showing the number of people and sites served by Art Break Day created by Art is Moving

Here is handful of reasons I came up with why you should join us at ARTbreak Day 2014.

1. IT IS HEALTHY
The are a zillion articles on the health benefits of making art. Making art and taking a break is really good for you mentally, spiritually, and physically. The cool thing is at ARTbreak Day you can take a five minute break or you can stay there for the whole day. 

YES! yes it is exclaims Lauren, the Co-Founding Executive and producer of Art is Moving and Art Break Day

Below are three of the zillion articles that talk about the benefits of taking an ARTbreak to create some Art. 

“I think people get so caught up in what they’re doing that they feel like they’re going to get behind if they stop. But everything you ever read, it’s always better to get away for a little while than keep going, going, going, all day. You come back with a clearer perspective and it’s more clear after you’ve taken that little break.


Helping patients heal through the arts
 The painting was lovely but, better yet, it really brought the patient alive and really turned around the situation," recalls Repar. "The next day she was a new person. It was an amazing experience."

In Search of the Science Behind the Healing Powers of Art
 Enter the arts. “By engaging in dance, poetry or music, people are likely to initiate processes that help them manage stress, reduce negative mood states and perhaps change behavior that we know impacts cardiovascular risk and recovery,” says Joshua Smyth, a psychologist at Syracuse University who is another adviser to Dr. Nobel’s project 



2. GIVES YOU THE SMARTS

Engaging with art and taking an ARTbreak makes one more well rounded. It gives one a new perspective. 

ARTbreaker at Venice Beach, look at those symbols very alchemic
At Crystal Bridges in Arkansas they conducted a huge experiment and instantly found the larger benefits of experiencing art within the education system. It was written about in the New York times.
Art Makes You Smart.   Most of the benefits we observed are significantly larger for minority students, low-income students and students from rural schools — typically two to three times larger than for white, middle-class, suburban students — owing perhaps to the fact that the tour was the first time they had visited an art museum. 


3. FEEL A STRONG SENSE OF CONNECTION
Making communal art, creates new friends, It also instigates many conversations with folks you never would have had the opportunity to connect with before. At ARTbreak Day many boundaries are dissolved. We have seen it time and time again. At ARTnreak Day when people make art together societal boundaries of alienation begin to dissolve. While creating strangers strike up conversations and they begin to see and connect with each other on a universal level. We  feel that through the realization of our interconnectedness, we have the potential to become individually empowered. For us empowerment leads to compassion and empathy within society as whole. Communal Art making is an ideal vessel for creating a better world.




The ARTbreak sites are definitely Placemakers or spacemakers where magic happens. “Art, according to de Botton and Armstrong, is as a tool for the “sublimation” of sorrow, a psychological process “in which base and unimpressive experiences are converted into something noble and fine.” Our lives are filled with challenges, little and large, and it is often through social interaction that we find solutions, or learn to cope. We can see the potential of Placemaking to help people in processing sorrow in the broad public discussion taking place right now around resilience." from the article: The 7 Psychological Functions of the Art of Placemaking


4. PLAN AND SIMPLE IT IS JUST PURE FUN 
First and foremost every ARTbreak Day site is non-judgement zone. 
It is for all ages and all people. The mindset of an ARTbreaker should be like a toddler with reckless abandonment, just enjoying a moment in time to play with no expectations.


There is some solid evidence that works of art can give as much joy as being head over heels in love, according to a new scientific study states the article Brain Scan Reveals the Power of Art. 
Think about the joy that happens when you view and create Art at the same time with a community. What would transpire? I say falling in love with all of life.


5. BECOME PART OF SOMETHING LARGER THAN YOURSELF. THE FREE ART MOVEMENT! ART SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE.

At ARTbreak we give people the opportunity to make art for free. Many in our society do not have the means, the time, and the space to make art. ARTbreak is all about giving everyone the opportunity to create and to freely experience themselves. This year we have 23 sites in in five continents, USA, India, Mexico, and Europe. Our goal for 2014 was to have 36 sites. Please join us in the FREE movement and register your ARTbreak Day site HERE today. Remember, every ARTbreak counts big or small, 1 to 1000.

Here is joyous article about the power of art in Haiti. "Their testimony is living proof of what art can do, even in the direst circumstances. Art has the power to elicit compassion and generosity.Can Art Help Us Save the World"

 

 If you have any insights, have experienced, or have been a volunteer for ARTbreak Day, please add to the list in the comment section below or e-mail us artismoving@gmail.com

ARTbreakers with Lisa Rasmussen, Co-Founding E.D. of Art is Moving

Art does transform the world! Be inspired Always,  

Lisa Rasmussen MFA (Co-Founding Executive Director of Art is Moving, a 501c3 Community Art Advocacy Organization)

RE: "Freedom of Expression" Honored at the ARTcart: Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland

There is no must in art because art is free. ”
- Wassily Kandinsky

 Pics from the Free ARTcart honoring Freedom of expression with our ARTcart team member Richard Bacon, which was held  on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 e Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. Let the Freedom expression reign!!!

All images were taken by Richard Bacon




"The members of our community who deal with physical, mental, and economic challenges are the ones who most appreciate the opportunity to freely express themselves through art." -Richard K Bacon, Art is Moving, ARTcart 2014




Creativity take Courage ~ Henri Matisse


This FREE event is part of The ARTcart One 4 One
Changing the world one artwork at time. Everytime the  ARTcart is booked for an event, we will inturn produce a Free ARTcart event in needed community or area. 
art break day san fran.jpg

Giving in Action
The Gift of Art
The FREE ARTcart pops up in mundane, everyday areas in your community and invites all to sit down, take a break from the ordinary, and make some art together.

We have seen at the ARTcart when people make art together societal boundaries of alienation begin to dissolve. While creating strangers strike up conversations and they begin to see and connect with each other on a universal level. We  feel that through the realization of our interconnectedness, we have the potential to become individually empowered. For us empowerment leads to compassion and empathy within society as whole. Communal Art making is an ideal vessel for creating a better world. 

Email us at artismoving@gmail.com for more information and to book the ARTcart go HERE.


Primal Inspiration: 10 Tree Roots Winning Their Battle Against Concrete

 Re posted from Spirit Science and Metaphysics
Mankind’s relationship with nature is a difficult one – we must use it, live in harmony with it, protect it and protect ourselves from it. These visually striking images that we collected of tree roots colliding with concrete are beautiful symbolic representations of this complicated relationship.
It’s hard to say what it is exactly about tree roots that capture our imagination, but they have done so for thousands of years. They snake through many world cultures’ folk-tales and legends and take root in our symbolic vocabulary. The slow but sure force with which they crush and overcome concrete (and sometimes even steel) inspires visions of a natural reclamation of the civilized world, and their serpentine forms inspire visions of rivers and lightning.
Mankind’s relationship with nature is a difficult one – we must use it, live in harmony with it, protect it and protect ourselves from it. These visually striking images that we collected of tree roots colliding with concrete are beautiful symbolic representations of this complicated relationship.
It’s hard to say what it is exactly about tree roots that capture our imagination, but they have done so for thousands of years. They snake through many world cultures’ folk-tales and legends and take root in our symbolic vocabulary. The slow but sure force with which they crush and overcome concrete (and sometimes even steel) inspires visions of a natural reclamation of the civilized world, and their serpentine forms inspire visions of rivers and lightning.
- See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/10-tree-roots-winning-their-battle-against-concrete/#sthash.dOxV1eiW.dpuf
Mankind’s relationship with nature is a difficult one – we must use it, live in harmony with it, protect it and protect ourselves from it. These visually striking images that we collected of tree roots colliding with concrete are beautiful symbolic representations of this complicated relationship.
It’s hard to say what it is exactly about tree roots that capture our imagination, but they have done so for thousands of years. They snake through many world cultures’ folk-tales and legends and take root in our symbolic vocabulary. The slow but sure force with which they crush and overcome concrete (and sometimes even steel) inspires visions of a natural reclamation of the civilized world, and their serpentine forms inspire visions of rivers and lightning
- See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/10-tree-roots-winning-their-battle-against-concrete/#sthash.dOxV1eiW.dpuf
Mankind’s relationship with nature is a difficult one – we must use it, live in harmony with it, protect it and protect ourselves from it. These visually striking images that we collected of tree roots colliding with concrete are beautiful symbolic representations of this complicated relationship.
It’s hard to say what it is exactly about tree roots that capture our imagination, but they have done so for thousands of years. They snake through many world cultures’ folk-tales and legends and take root in our symbolic vocabulary. The slow but sure force with which they crush and overcome concrete (and sometimes even steel) inspires visions of a natural reclamation of the civilized world, and their serpentine forms inspire visions of rivers and lightning.
- See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/10-tree-roots-winning-their-battle-against-concrete/#sthash.dOxV1eiW.dpuf
Mankind’s relationship with nature is a difficult one – we must use it, live in harmony with it, protect it and protect ourselves from it. These visually striking images that we collected of tree roots colliding with concrete are beautiful symbolic representations of this complicated relationship.
It’s hard to say what it is exactly about tree roots that capture our imagination, but they have done so for thousands of years. They snake through many world cultures’ folk-tales and legends and take root in our symbolic vocabulary. The slow but sure force with which they crush and overcome concrete (and sometimes even steel) inspires visions of a natural reclamation of the civilized world, and their serpentine forms inspire visions of rivers and lightning.
- See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/10-tree-roots-winning-their-battle-against-concrete/#sthash.dOxV1eiW.dpuf
See more of the inspiring imagery HERE
10 Tree Roots Winning Their Battle Against Concrete - See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/10-tree-roots-winning-their-battle-against-concrete/#sthash.dOxV1eiW.dpuf

For me this imagery is a metaphor for breaking free from oppression. What insights come up for you?

quintessential quotes: Georgia O'Keeffe ~ Just Do It!





Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.”  
Georgia O’Keeffe

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