Some months ago, Sarah Y. C. Chu and I began a conversation about how to create art together with people, who live very far from each other. In our case, it was Hongkong and Germany. We discussed the impact of art-making on the international community and the value of connection that was important to both of us.
At the same time, we noticed that social media and popular online communication tools were often seen as boosters of loneliness, disconnection, and even harmful behavioural patterns. While negative aspects of online communication were rather obvious, our personal perspective on digital tools was a bit different. We agreed, that they could help us to connect with the international community we value so much and share our creative experiences on a pretty deep level.
All those insights and observations resulted in an idea to meet online once a month and make art together. As Expressive Arts facilitators, we took the risk to bring the creative process from the offline space to the online world. Finally, Monthly Dialogues with Arts took a shape and… we keep going!
How easy/hard it is for you to sit down, relax, and make something creative and fun? Do you find time for little pleasures in life? Are you ready to share a deep art-making process with others? If you feel like reconnecting with people, making art, and relaxing into the moment, Monthly Dialogues with Arts are designed for you! No special skills are required. We just ask you for a bit of patience, openness, and curiosity to meets those, who live in various corners of this world.
In Monthly Dialogues with Arts, we focus on a deep and valuable connection. Our sessions proof, that the distance does not necessarily matter. You can sit comfortably in front of your own computer, in your room, in a hotel, or in a studio and feel connected with people on the other side of the internet wire. Digital tools have the potential to support true communication. Thanks to the arts, we can stay connected and be with each other in challenging circumstances and the reality of the pandemic.
In times of unrest, social injustice and violence, we must focus on what we have in common. Art is indigenous to all humans and we should cultivate it to minimize hate, lack of understanding, and the overwhelming feeling of loneliness. Monthly Dialogues with Arts are our gentle answer to the need for attention and love that we all carry and share.
Through the practice of Monthly Dialogues with Arts, I learned to be more present, to listen more carefully, and to have more patience for myself and others. I realized that through art-making we can create metaphors that help us to express ourselves, and then make meanings of what emerges and materializes around us. We can build resilience.
In the process of art-making, we become more aware of our resources and strengths. We realize how to let go of the unnecessary and move on. There is a space for vulnerability too. We share laughter and many touching moments. We share the difficult and the easy. We learn from each other.
Monthly Dialogues with Arts bring surprises, interesting insights, and new perspectives. We hear the stories and we allow them to move us. We start to see each other as true friends, companions and witnesses of the creative process. We become travellers on a journey to more awareness and a better understanding.
After the last couple of months with Monthly Dialogues with Arts, I feel stronger, more open, and less judgemental. My heart is full of love for all those wonderful people that join us online. Now, when I ask myself: “What do you do for the world?”, I feel less confused. Lately, I have been giving to others what I do best: listen, offer attention, witness them, and make art. Expressive arts allow people to express, to play, to reconnect, and to make sense of the reality.
Monthly Dialogues with Arts are open for everyone: young and elder, LGBTQ, people of all cultures, colours, and nationalities. We don’t judge and we don’t question who you are. Instead, we make art and sense together. This world needs more connection and resonance, so be with us next month!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This event is basically for anyone, who is willing to experiment with the arts. No previous experience needed! We will guide you through a simple and fun creative process and share artworks with each other.
> We meet and greet online (currently, using Zoom).
> Then we do a little warm-up to wake up our senses,
> In the next step, we make art using basic materials that everyone has at home,
> We share our art pieces and collect thoughts that emerge during the process,
> Finally, we talk about what moved us in the artworks we’ve just created!