Wow! 2012 was an amazing year. I had the opportunity of working with over 75 artists, healers, poets, scientists, curators, producers, musicians, performers, and more from across the Bay Area (and even beyond). We worked together to create over 50 artistic and healing experiences that brought people from diverse walks of life together to celebrate, create, and commune. In fact, I am hard at work creating an annual report that showcases all of the magic of 2012.
For 2013, we are in full production mode tying up some loose ends as we finalize the Spring Season. One thing is for sure, it is going to be even more jam packed than the Fall.
And also new for 2013...we have interns!
You read that correctly. Thanks to a partnership with CHALK (Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids) 14 Black Poppies is supporting two young men in their creative development. The goal is to cultivate the talents of individuals through focused creative development that results in a weekly product and is rooted in customer service, administrative skills, and manual labor.
This internship is also in partnership with Progressive Grounds, our venue for the Fall 2012 season and for our upcoming Spring 2013 season. Ben and Leonard work part-time at Progressive Grounds learning the ins and outs of customer service, manual labor, and event production.
The internship runs for 21 weeks and is broken into seven-week cycles. The first seven weeks focuses on regimented routine. The second seven weeks is about inquisitive exploration. The third seven weeks is free-form creation. Each week, the interns are expected to create a work-in-progress that will be published on the 14 Black Poppies blog. You can read more here.
The work published on the left was created at the end of the first session. We explored the 14 Black Poppies' proverb, "Sometimes the question is not so much why as how" as well as the effective story element, "Draw on past lessons". Leonard chose to draw on a lesson he learned through words and doodles. Ben chose to draw on an activity that asked, "what is the shape of your path thus far".
As you can see in both works, there is the understanding and revelation that life is a winding, cyclical path filled with moments of departure, misdirections, fullness, and empty space.
I look forward to seeing how this path continues to unfold. And I am excited to share their works with you, the readers of the 14 Black Poppies Blog.
And...If you happen to be at Progressive Grounds or a 14 Black Poppies event, please stop and chat with Ben or Leonard about their work and their path.