ARTS + LITERATURE
An Urgent Conversation, A Renowned Author
Join us as we engage these challenges, facing our history, politics and notions of justice through the lens of America's foremost writer on race, Ta-Nehisi Coates. To read him, to think with him, is to be confronted with pressing moral, cultural, and intellectual challenges. This is a six week course, admission limited.*
Find your activist voice
Do you have deep concerns about our social, political, economic realities? Do you want to develop your perspective and be more informed than media pundits and online trolls? You aren’t alone in these turbulent times. Together, we’ll take a critical look at society and find our voices through creative writing, an examination of history and hip hop culture, and dialogue.
Drawing to Connect with Winter's Rhythms
Drawing has a special way of slowing us down, allowing us to tune in to nature's rhythms. It’s a simple practice that can bring us to a mindful state anywhere we go. In this course, we’ll cultivate an openness to unexpected outcomes as we record our observations of the dark season’s wonders.
Telling Better Stories for a Better Future
Do you want to promote justice and inspire others, but aren't sure how? It starts with telling the right story. Sharpen your communications skills to make meaningful change happen in your own community.
Do you have deep concerns about our social, political, economic realities? Do you want to develop your perspective beyond reactionary opinions, and be more informed than media pundits and the trolls online? You aren’t alone in these turbulent times. Together, we’ll take a critical look at society, and find our voices through creative writing, an examination of history, Hip Hop culture and dialogue.
We lead hectic, disconnected, and busy lives. Even when we are supposed to be relaxing it can feel like we're just trying to check something off our to-do list. Creating Meditative Plant Art is a practice for getting out of that "always-going," goal-oriented mode and slowing down to notice the Sacred in the ordinary all around you.
This class is about how you can reach deeper levels of creativity with techniques from magic and esoteric traditions. It's a modern and playful take on magic, designed for artists and anyone else who wants to be more creatively engaged with the world around them. Innovative thinkers have long used unusual and magical ways of thinking to approach inspiration—from Leonardo Da Vinci to David Bowie.
Using the Art of Poetry and Lecture to Reclaim Ourselves
Has the decay of curiosity, openness, naivete, vulnerability, honesty, inquiry and self-awareness contributed to the rise of fascism throughout the West. Poets help us process world events. They bring us closer to the important work of now. Poet Mary Ruefle is who we need to help us regain these things. Bestselling author of 10 thoughtful and deep collections of poems and essays, Rufle's most recent collections are an ideal model for how language can used to explore, engage and inquire. She is one of America's hottest and most compelling poets and her work could not be more relevant.
Changing Your Mindset Through Improv
In this fun + interactive course, we will use the skills of improv theatre for navigating + enhancing real life. We will explore topics such as spontaneity, mindfulness, risk taking, + surrendering.
We lead hectic, disconnected, and busy lives. Even when we are supposed to be relaxing it can feel like we're just trying to check something off our to-do list. Creating Meditative Plant Art is a practice for getting out of that "always-going", goal-oriented mode and slowing down to notice the Sacred in the ordinary all around you.
Finding your Activist Voice
Community matters, and so does your voice. Now is the time to speak out, join a movement, get involved, do the work. Workshop writing to bring new clarity to the focus of your activist agenda.
Using drawing as a way to explore urban flora, slow down to observe the details that make species unique. And learn some botany terminology and ecology along the way! You’ll leave with a series of works that are a record of your curiosity and observations.
Want to revive and pursue a dream that has faded? Discover ways to imbue your limited time on this planet with more joy, more meaning, and more connection. We will use TIME, ATTENTION, CONNECTION, and CURRENCY as constraints to help you create your own quest. Want to revive and pursue a dream that has faded? Whether you want to be more creative, more political, more spontaneous, more deliberate, or simply create a meaningful and lasting change, this class may be for you.
Love in the Time of Barbarians
Notions of love and it's depiction in art changed drastically during the transition from Classical Antiquity to the Medieval period. As waves of Germanic tribes swept through the western half of the Roman empire urban civilization, education standards and classical modes of artistic expression went into decline, Religions and philosophies clashed, and society was often in turmoil. This image based course will examine this transition, what was lost from the Classical past and what was preserved.