Thanks to Kariobangi Mirror and others for hosting the third slum tour screening of Peace in Our Pockets in Mathare #10, Nairobi. Lead organizer of these events, Willis Adika Adeya wrote that this new initiative is awessome as it allows them to reach many people and engage in debate and discussion. His organization, Kariobangi Mirror is focused on social change, civic engagement, arts empowerment and social development in Nairobi’s informal settlements. He hopes the film can reach even wider audiences beyond Nairobi and Kenya.
We are very happy to have completed Peace in Our Pockets this past Feb. 2015 and having the film roll out internationally in diverse settings. The film website has also been redesigned to highlight how the film is being used as a tool for change by peacebuilders and how screenings can be a catalyst to support new and existing peace and development programs. Learn more here about how to host and sponsor screenings and bring Peace in Our Pockets to your community.
We are thrilled to share the film at Build Peace 2015 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
This is an important and unique international gathering of activists, artists, policymakers and others working in the peace and technology field, exploring best practices and creative initiatives that make our world more peaceful, healthy, and resilient. There will be two screenings Friday, April 24th @ 20:30 and Saturday April 25th @ 23:00. More details on the Build Peace Art page here.
Also this weekend KBMirror and other partners in Kariogangi and Nairobi, Kenya host a screening Sunday, April 26th at Hamisi House in Mathare North. This event is one of several being planned in Nairobi’s informal settlements and the Eastland slums where much of the film was shot.
Tune in for a segment featuring Patrick Dougherty and a mention of our film, “Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty”.
Here’s link to the program…
Silvia Heyden, admired far and wide for her unique gift of weaving vibrant tapestries, died peacefully at sunset on Monday, March 2nd at age 88. We feel blessed to have worked with Silvia on A Weaverly Path and to have been touched by her warm spirit, humor, and wisdom. She will be greatly missed by us and by family and friends both here and in Switzerland, but her rich legacy of well over a thousand tapestries and her passion for the arts will continue to inspire us all.
Thanks to everyone who participated, organized and sponsored the Oct. 16th gathering of activists and advocates who came together in Asheville, NC to build more inclusive, accessible communities.
Polly Medlicott, co-producer of A NEW KIND OF LISTENING, was one of the organizers and presenters at the event which touched on many of the themes explored in our film.
Penelope and I stopped by to visit Patrick Dougherty at the NC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill, NC. Patrick is creating another one of his amazing sculptures as part of the “Sculpture in the Garden” exhibit at the botanical gardens. An artists talk takes place Fri., Oct.17th @ 7pm and the piece should be in completed by Oct. 25th.
“Bending Sticks; an evening with Patrich Dougherty” on Friday July 18th . This event will include the screening of the film “Bending Sticks” which highlights the work of environmental artist Patrick Dougherty’s extraordinary and monumental scale works built with live saplings.The film will be shown at the Varsity Theater at 7:00pm followed by a reception at FRANK Gallery at which the artist will be present. Tickets are $30 and space is limited. Proceeds benefit FRANK Gallery.
South Writ Large is a quarterly online magazine that explores the culture of the changing South through its literature, art, music, psychology, and social patterns. The magazine grew out of the Global South Working Group, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where, beginning in 2007, authors, artists, psychoanalysts, historians, social scientists, documentarians, and other humanists have met regularly to share recent work and to discuss the dreams, history, symbols, art, music, migrations, transplants, and interactions that link the southern United States to the wider world.
From the Spring edition….
“I am the captain of my soul.” ― William Ernest Henley
Confinement takes many forms, binding us physically, mentally, or emotionally. Our Spring 2014 issue looks at confinement in its broadest interpretation and examines the ways in which creative expression can open the door to healing or survival for some prisoners of the body or mind. We are inspired by the line above, from William Ernest Henley’s poem Invictus, reiterated by Nelson Mandela when describing his ability to grow into the fullness of his humanity while imprisoned. Contributors to this issue explore the interplay of creativity and confinement in their own lives through written and artistic forms of expression, testifying to the power of self-expression to flourish in even the harshest of conditions.
Join us for a special screening of A Weaverly Path at the Durham Arts Council on Thursday, February 6th at 8pm as part of the landmark exhibit
“Silvia Heyden & Edith London: Together Again”. The evening begins at 7pm with an Artist Talk by Ms. Heyden. The free exhibit features 30 Heyden tapestries and 30 London paintings. This is a wonderful celebration of two Durham, NC powerhouse artists and is not to be missed. Runs through Feb. 28th.