I am an Artivist because it breaks down damaging comparisons and builds up heartening connections. Art is not a magical solution to all of the world’s problems. It cannot erase generations of hate and violence. It cannot bring back the lives that were lost. It can provide “breathing room,” offer a space to express grief, process anxiety, rediscover hope and ultimately heal. read more
The beauty of being a part of a creative community like Art as Action is that Artivism provides support and structure for those very moments. On the days that a creative life feels just too damn hard, our community is there to hold the space (and hold the artist!). On the days it feels like the most phenomenally awesome life there is, our community is there to share the elation!
A creative life is exhilarating AND exhausting. It is more possible (and more pleasurable) to sustain and thrive in a creative life within a collaborative community. read more
From our Artistic Director, Sarah Leversee: I had an amazing meeting with David Leventhal (founding teacher & program director for Dance for PD ®) a few weeks ago at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. We brainstormed some innovative ideas for expanding our Reconnect program and creating a more integrated network of Dance for Parkinson's classes in Colorado. David is a powerful inspiration for me both as a teacher and a leader and I am so grateful for his time and support. Stay tuned for more exciting developments for the Reconnect with your Body program! read more
“Art has a way of accessing inner resources that a person may not otherwise be aware of. And those inner resources are the kinds of characteristics, qualities, strengths that can help a person be more resilient.” -Wayne A. Gilbert
Reconnect is going viral! We are so proud of Artivist extraordinaire Wayne A. Gilbert for his insightful and inspiring interview on Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters, featuring our Reconnect with your Body dance class for people with and without Parkinson's Disease. Wayne is a founding Artivist: he has been in every single show to date, he is Vice President of the Board and an active member of the Programs Committee. read more
This is far from a typical easy-moving class you might see at the senior center. The music was diverse and cool (The Black Keys, Florence and the Machine) and the choreography was exciting and very well done. But best of all, I loved seeing the change in energy and excitement. At first, many of the participants moved slowly. By the end, one woman said she was feeling so good she skipped out of class. And you know what? Parkinson's or not, I felt like skipping out, too. I have no doubt if I returned to this class, the participants would overwhelmingly and probably literally embrace me. read more
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