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Kathleen Norris on Creativity, artistic genius

By | January 12, 2014

“It doesn’t help that others often encourage artists to think of themselves as more special, sensitive, ‘creative’ than other mortals. This is false doctrine. There is but one creator, and ‘creating’ is the very thing that artists cannot do. The gifts of the human imagination that artists employ operate equally in science and scholarship, teaching […]

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Going after it: Scissortail207

By | June 2, 2013

Remember this? It’s happening. A year later, after some drama that shall not be revisited, we’re moving forward again with the use of this space as an art center. Since it’s at street number 207 (and not out in the countryside like the ideal we have in mind for the Scissortail Art Center), it has […]

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Tax incentives and the arts

By | February 10, 2013

While I’m not convinced tax credits (or deductions or inclusions or . . . ) are a good thing to begin with, this is very interesting: ” [In Canada] parents get a tax credit for money spent exposing their children to arts, recreation, or culture . . .” [Preceded by] “A couple of years ago, […]

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Art in the most unlikely place

By | November 2, 2012

The return trip from an annual work conference resulted in the accidental discovery of an art gallery in a town of 200, give or take. The Most Unlikely Place is in Lewellen, just west of Ash Hollow in western Nebraska (pictured below). The Most Unlikely Place also has a frame shop and serves lunch — […]

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More than one right answer

By | September 21, 2012

Creativity is nurtured by freedom and stifled by the continuous monitoring, evaluation, adult-direction, and pressure to conform that restrict children’s lives today. In the real world few questions have one right answer, few problems have one right solution; that’s why creativity is crucial to success in the real world. But more and more we are […]

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Art Center: Going after it

By | August 19, 2012

My wife and I are working to turn a vacant space I have access too — which has had a couple renters over the past couple years that just didn’t stick — into a downtown art center. With a newborn in the house and the necessity of a full-time job, at this point work on […]

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Wendell Berry on accepting local responsibility to affect change

By | August 12, 2012

Via this YouTube video: I don’t think that I know anything that’s reducible to a last word. Our people like to trade in that kind of stuff, but it’s stuff. It really doesn’t amount too much. What’s really interesting is the possibility that we humans can make sense. This is an issue, this is a […]

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Our passion for artist centers

By | June 12, 2012

Four months back or so an Internet acquaintance also interested in the work of arts centers emailed me a link to an academic paper titled Artists’ Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods, Economies. The paper examines the history and success of artist centers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, where they are plentiful. Putting significant […]

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“Then will my creation be art . . . “

By | December 27, 2011

A new fiber implement has joined the Scissortail house! A used Ashford table loom came as a Christmas gift, and with it a book titled A Handweaver’s Pattern Book. The first page of content in the book contains the following: I feel within an impulse, perhaps that divine impulse which has moved all races in […]

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Do the arts need redeeming?

By | December 12, 2011

An article I read recently, titled Birmingham is not New York: 5 Cautions for Arts Ministry, warns that “The grandiose language of redeeming art is unhelpful at best.” Almost five years ago now I wrote somewhat glowingly about a paper put out by the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. The paper was titled Redeeming the […]

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