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Arts Awareness Monthly E-Newsletter | September 2015
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Hello <<First Name>>,

I’m delighted to share this September 2015 edition of Arts Awareness E-Newsletter with you. I sincerely hope you find it helpful as you play an active role in all your creative efforts. Please feel free to share it with others who might be interested, and if you know someone who may want to receive this newsletter monthly, please let them know how to sign up through www.artsawareness.com

DOING WHAT YOU ARE


Learn to use the artistic process: 
To release your creative energies and focus them toward what you want.
To develop a more intimate relationship with the world around you.
To transform the way you see, hear, and feel things.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beyond Boundaries


I recently learned of an installation and theater artist—Anne Patterson—who not only moves beyond traditional artistic boundaries but uses her gifts to create spectacular and innovative artistic experiences for audiences. She has a neurological condition called synesthesia and strives to create work that shares her unique experience of the world. The magnificent colors and shapes she perceives in music, smells, and numbers now come to life for all to experience in her stunning, larger-than-life installations and designs for orchestras, opera, theater, and site-specific spaces around the world. A current installation, The Light Between, at 125 High Street in Boston is constructed of ribbons of aluminum that magnify the light coming from the windows. Anne has said that her “art is a response to the natural world.” It pulls you in and draws your attention to the natural beauty that surrounds all of us all the time.
 
The artist and the photographer seek the mysteries
and the adventure of experience in nature.

~ Ansel Adams

Unlock Your Imaginative Power


By chance, I came across the video of a show called Day at Night, a popular mid-seventies public television series hosted by James Day. As I looked further, I found an episode that explored the life and career of dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille. Just as Anne Patterson has found a way to share her multi-sensory experience of the world through her art, Agnes de Mille found a way to use her imagination and share her dance experience in a way that transformed theater experiences for audiences forever.

The episode that I discovered revealed topics that seem fresh and as relevant today as they were in the 70s. As you may know, although Agnes de Mille was born into a well-connected family of theater professionals, her career was slow to start for a number of reasons. But what struck me most about the interview was her description of why she danced and choreographed the way she did. In response to a question about why she chose to use American folk dance rather than traditional ballet in her dance and choreography, she said, “because I couldn’t do swans”—meaning traditional ballet—and she followed with the comment, “I personally had to do what I can do.”
 
The artistic process compels an artist—
To explore their personal experience of the world and share it with others.
To bring life to images, sounds, movement, and sensations, enriching our lives.
To genuinely open into an understanding of their unique gifts.
 
De Mille’s willingness to use her creativity, recognize her gifts, and do what she could do well made her an innovative force in the dance and theater world. Her love of acting and American folk dances led her to create a remarkable career. She transformed the way dancing was incorporated into dramatic plots. Her choreography for Oklahoma! catapulted her career forward in a way she never imagined, and she ultimately received recognition for her innovation including a Tony Award, an Emmy, and the National Medal of Arts.

Watch this thirty-minute 1974 Day at Night episode: Interview with Dancer and Choreographer Agnes de Mille.

Imagine ways you can use your unique gifts and experience of the world to enrich the lives of others.
    
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
~ Emile Zola

More Connections

Watch Agnes de Mille’s complete dream ballet from the 1955 film of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! In her choreography, she developed a technique that successfully integrated dance into the musical's plot.

Explore more of Anne Patterson’s works:
Grace Cathedral
Orchestra Collaborations
Opera Design
Theater Design
Art
 
Contact Dr. Patricia Hoy for media appearances, to book her to speak at your event, or to engage her workshop or consulting services—

Guest Speaking: Corporate, Education, or Arts Events—that provides motivation for launching a project, keynote theme inspiration, or setting the foundation for a goal to be achieved.
Customized Consulting: In-Service Workshops; On-Site Training Institutes; Conference Sessions; Seminars; and Round Tables—all specially designed for Businesses, Companies, Educational Institutions, Organizations, or Arts Groups.
 

About the Arts Awareness Newsletter:

This newsletter is meant to spark ideas and develop a deeper understanding of artistic processes and their use in leadership, everyday life, and work. Content, which comes from personal experiences and a variety of sources, is based on the Arts Awareness concepts developed by Patricia Hoy. Questions? Comments? Contact Patricia at patricia@artsawareness.com or 901-229-1955, N. 93rd Way, Scottsdale, AZ.

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