For the next four weeks we will be looking at how guerilla art can solicit change and make the unnoticed, noticed.
Guerilla Art = Street art, specifically visual art, developed in public spaces — that is, “in the streets” — though the term usually refers to unsanctioned art, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, sculpture, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheat pasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerilla art, and street installations. Typically, the term street art or the more specific post-graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art. (Thank you Wikipedia).
I like to look at it as using art to reshape how you we look and things. It is about transforming our space. Here are a few examples:
There are ways to practice this form of art without being destructive, but rather adding something to your community. The next four weeks we will look at some easy ways you can participate!
For the last week of Awareness, Week 8 is about finding ways to understand each other.
I believe we could solve a lot of problems if we were all a little more understanding of each other. Looking at a global level many wars, crimes and hate stem from the lack of understanding. Or I guess the lack of willingness to understand other races, cultures, practices, and religions. So much violence comes from different beliefs and being stuck in our own ways and not being open to the idea that someone can think differently than we do. There is a quote that sums up my thoughts on this: “Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown,” by Jonathan Lockwood Huie. We are afraid of of what we don’t know, of what we don’t understand, but by learning to understand what we don’t know we can no longer be afraid of it.
Although difficult to change the world over night, there are many ways we can work on a greater understanding by focusing on what is happening in our own communities. Here are some ideas:
- Pick up a book about a religion different than yours. Then read it.
- Attend different religious events. Go to a Church, Mosque, Synagogue, Temple, etc., and experience the peace they have to offer. Even if you are not religious, it is still important to learn about what others believe.
- Make friends, join groups, and get involved with other organizations with a different race or culture than you. This one may sound obvious, but so often we find ourselves with “like people.” People like ourselves. It’s time we really become a melting pot have a network of all types of people.
The more we are able to learn about each other, the more we will be able to understand and accept that it is OK to be and think differently than one another. It will just become the norm.
Peace and love,
As you probably know, Brown Paper Tickets is a ticketing company. We sell tickets all over the world to events and have an unbelievable list (in my opinion) of free services and tools for event producers to put their events together. What you may not be fully aware of is this whole other branch of the company that is very involved in giving back to our communities. This is the realm I am fortunate enough to be immersed in.
One of the most recent additions to our companies giving came from the Marketing and Communications team. The VP of Marketing and Communications, Kelsye Nelson, was given a budget of $25 a month to take her staff out to lunches or coffee, so instead, in the spirit of Brown Paper Tickets, she and her team decided to vote on one person a month who they feel has been rocking their job and exhibits the essence of Brown Paper Tickets. This month I was honoured with their votes, and the grand prize, I get to choose who the money goes to this month at Kiva. Read More…
There are many ways you can affect someone’s life and most of those things start with how you can change someone’s day. Watch this video someone captured on a NYC subway ride:
Everyone was in their own world on that ride. Thinking about their day and not interacting with one another. As if the person sitting right next to them didn’t exist. Yet, from these two strangers, playing some music for a few minutes on a subway ride brought the train together as a community. Changed the course of the passengers days and added a little brightness to it. In that one act of sharing their talents and their passion for music, they altered the passengers days for the better.
“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.” ~Brooke Medicine Eagle
Here are 5 ways you can make a difference today:
- Turn the lights off in the rooms you are not using
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth
- Take a shorter shower
- Us reusable plates and utensils
- Save paper by printing double-sided, reusing and recycling
It’s easy to make a BIG difference! Take today’s small steps and repeat them tomorrow! Soon this will just become a habit.