Took the weekend off to take my creativity in a different direction. I’m not so much a construction kind of person, but I have learned I can do what people tell me to do. I worked hard in my backyard this weekend to create a lovely space for eating, socializing, enjoying the outdoors and of course— YOGA!
I’ve just been notified that I have received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching. I’m so excited! This means that I get to go back to India in 2016 to research a project with Art Educators in India. I can’t even really take it all in yet! It was a big process that all begin with a long application, writing pages about myself, what I believed about teaching, and how I would implement my project when I got back from India. After I made it through the first cut, I waited some more. And in early March I had a brief interview with a representative. it’s been a long 6 weeks after that phone call.
I am so honored….and so excited!
Being a teacher doesn’t allow for much time to work on my own work, but on the weekends and during breaks I try to make it a priority. Here are some ideas I’m working on. It’s hard for me to work small, so I may begin to do some multiples. I can see that happening. I like big! I think big! I will eventually get back to big!
I just came back from a quick trip to NYC. It was cold. On the way back I hopped aboard a BOLT bus. This bus takes you straight from NYC to DC. It’s a cheap alternative to driving and taking the train. I was a little tired, but you never know when inspiration can strike. Just looking out the window was all I needed.
What inspires you? How do you capture it?
Change is happening in many different ways and many different sizes. After working in the detention center for 8 years I’ve finally seen some positive change come from the work I am doing in the detention center. About 4 years ago I started a yoga program and began working with students after school as a volunteer. I continue to run the program in 8 weeks session, offering about 3-4 sessions a school year. If I’m lucky, I get to do more during the 11 month of school.
I’ve seen an impact on my students and it seems like it’s been a great way to bring some positive attention to all the work that is going on in school program in the detention center.
Today we had a visit. It was a once in a life time kind of visit. We had security detail all over the place and a host of journalists and photographers trying to capture the moments. My students were able to speak about their personal experiences as students, not detainees, in the detention home school. Because of this visit I was asked to be a guest blogger on the US Department of Education’s website: Painting a Different Picture of Education in the Juvenile Detention Center.
It’s short and sweet, but offers a take on what could happen in an institution where people work together, put the child first, and think outside the box.
I’m also beaming with pride as I write this because my students highlighted that yoga played a part in their education. And I didn’t even prompt them to do that!!!! I do hope that AG Holder and Secretary of Ed are taking some yoga classes. Check out what our School District’s take on this morning’s event is.
So, I’d say for a Monday, that wasn’t too bad.
My fantastically talented friend and fellow yogini came by to film me painting about a month ago. Here is her movie short of me painting. Hope you enjoy it. You can see more of her photography here.
This past week I completed an application to study and work in India. I’m excited by the possibilities that lie on the horizon. It would be a chance of a life time to live and work with teachers in another country, sharing ideas, and hopefully creating something new. It’s never too late to dream and to take action. Many times I have wondered and hoped and dreamed, but nothing can happen with out action.
In the meantime, it’s back to work in the studio. I hope to have some things completed by the end of the weekend. I’ll keep you posted.
With all the things going on, I needed a little time to work on some art. It helps put things into perspective, and I get a lot of thinking done when I’m just in my studio working away. It’s nice to put a lot out of the mind to just focus on what’s in front of you, but I do get caught up in thoughts every once in a while. Sometimes I even get caught if I see or recognize a city on a piece of map. I then think about why I know that place, or when I had visited. Or if it’s a place I want to go my mind takes me to what it might be like if I go there.
The world is a big place, and I’d love to see a lot of it. But sometimes the comfort of my own little studio is all I need to make me feel like I’ve actually gone somewhere.