Yesterday was a day to turn our thoughts, memories and creativity on community as we all reflected on the special traits, skills and qualities we bring to and seek to find within our communities.
First, we sang a song—the Oscar winning tune High Hopes! Uh, huh. Oh, yes we did. Joyce and I invited our artists around our circle, Anita, Jeanne, America, Margaret, Bill, Larry and Vivian to belt out this fun, quirky song with lyrics that would take any one of us out of the doldrums we may have been in. Doris Day would have asked us for our autographs, we were that good. Moving on, our Gentle Movements were based on a variety of groups of animals/insects found in nature, written on slips of paper. Around our creative circle we were a gaggle of geese, a troop of monkeys and even a family of spiders.
Then, keeping our creativity flowing and focused on community, our artists listened to The 2-Minute Cheer for the Home Team by Barbara Kingsolver (find this story at http://cultivatingthought.com/author/barbara-kingsolver/) as it was read aloud to them.
OUR INSPIRATION: Considering and claiming our skills, traits, gifts and abilities to make the world, one community at a time, a beautiful place —from whatever shapes, lines, colors, images emerge intuitively from our imaginations. To also share where we find community, both past and present in our lives, and why community is so important to our happiness and a life well-lived.
A Community of Hands: And, finally, inspired by all we'd done and shared, each artist was invited to draw the outline of his/her hand on watercolor paper and write words for cherished qualities (love, kindness, being neat and clean, humor…) they possess and/or admire in others.
From lines, shapes, colors, images using markers and watercolor paints on paper, here’s a reflection of our creative community at SFC:
This creative community could not and would not be what it is without the kindness, joyfulness, creativity, awareness and love shared by Joyce with us each week. Thank you, Joyce.
About Cynthia Bydlinski
Cynthia Bydlinski is a volunteer and helps as a creative arts leader. To find out how you can get more involved as a volunteer at the Friendship Centers, please contact Caroline Allen in Volunteer Development at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Getting involved as a volunteer is just a phone call away, 941.556.3249.