How the ARTS Can Save the World

logoEvery morning we begin our day with The Optimist Daily, an uplifting newsletter bearing good news for all of us.   This morning, we came upon this amazing piece of art, a video outlining the solutions we are all hoping beyond hope will come to make our world a better place to be, with Alexandria Ortega-Cortez.  Using ART as a tool to overcome fear and skepticism, this article points out how it can actually be done, how we can stop being afraid of the future, afraid of one another, and afraid of the machine that is so well crafted to keep us in the fear.   There are some surprising things in this article, as well as in the video, so PLEASE, spend some time taking it all in, and SHARE it all around.  Watch the video here:

About The Rama Exhibition

Calley O’Neill is a highly respected artist, muralist, visionary designer and social ecologist from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Journalists have described her art, which spans four decades, as ethno-visionary, dynamic, symbolic and breathtaking. Calley finds her expression through classical glaze painting in mixed media works, public murals, stained glass and mosaic. Her landmark Healing Gardens of Makahikilua master plan for North Hawai’i Community Hospital in Kamuela received national recognition among top landscape architects in the field of therapeutic garden design. A great team player, Calley’s input raises the bar and sparks innovation toward healing the Earth and its inhabitants. Journalists have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘a life giving force’ and ‘a force of nature.’ Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her magnum opus is Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones, and she continually works on the exhibition paintings in her Waimea studio and her plein air pop-up studio and tree gallery at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where she is the Artist in Residence. Her paintings are both visual prayers and wake-up calls. Calley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude from Pratt Institute, New York (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (1977).
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