March 18th, 2020
Below you can see what I created out of Tuesday's 30 Days of Art prompt. It's not exactly a bookmark, but it looks pretty when the light shines through, and spending time gathering the materials in the sunshine did me a lot of good.
Times are getting hard in this crisis. The news is worse every day, the numbers are getting worse, and the meaning of quarantine is starting to settle in. And there is no bread or milk in the Chestertown Acme!
However. There are some lovely things happening. As a veteran of the children's music business, one of my personal heroes is Mr. Rogers. His reminder to "look for the helpers" has never been more important. There are so many helpers right now. There are, of course, the health care workers who are the undisputed heroes on the front lines. But people all over the world are helping in many ways, large and small.
Volunteers in Kent County are distributing meals to children who would normally eat in school. Our own Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson, along with many other writers are reading to kids online every day. I did a free dance workout with Debbie Allen on Instagram today! (Twelve year old me would never have believed this story). People are grocery shopping for vulnerable friends and neighbors. People are buying gift certificates to support small businesses, and sending cash to strangers who've lost income.
The fear and uncertainty are real. The bad news is bad. But looking for the helpers and then being a helper—helps.
Wash your hands, get outdoors,
Create something, keep in touch.
March 19 is the date of the return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano
The first person to email the correct answer to firstname.lastname@example.org gets a shout-out in tomorrow's email.
Which of Henri Matisse's paintings was hung upside down at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 46 days without anyone noticing?
Susan Sams of Annapolis posted this photo of her family's Light of Hope candle, glowing in the dark and visible from the street, in solidarity with all the world.
Put a light in your window and share the image!
Click here to read artist Mary McCoy's piece in the Chestertown Spy. Rebecca Hoffberger is the founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
McCoy writes, "almost all artists do begin by listening to that "small, soft voice," but too often, we’re pulled off track." Perhaps a silver lining of this time of enforced pause in our ordinary lives is that we may have a chance to listen to the "small, soft voice" within.
FREE ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES to do at home with supplies you already have. Check in every morning for a new idea, and share your process or your finished product on social media or via email.
The art for today is THEATRE, courtesy of our friends at the Garfield! We'd love you to make a video of your improv adventure, and send it to us. Or get really creative and do a remote video improv with a partner.
Be sure to show us your creations in the comment section below!