Pilot Episode: First Online With Fran with Angelina Fiordellisi

“I think that one of our greatest responsibilities as theater providers,” asserts Angelina Fiordellisi, “is to sensitize the tribe . . . deepening our primal connections, our primal needs, our primal impulses and what Shakespeare calls ‘holding the mirror up to society’.” This poignant insight is particularly significant since the tragic course of events this past week in Newtown, Connecticut.

On November 19th, 2012 First Online With Fran featured Artistic Director and founder of the Cherry Lane Theatre, Angelina Fiordellisi. Listen to her reflect on the work at the Cherry Lane Theatre, most notably the 2013 Mentor Project, among others, and how they contribute to cultivating an urban artist colony, honor its ground-breaking heritage, create theater that illuminates contemporary issues and transforms the human spirit.

First Online With Fran was shot and edited by The New York Film Shop, Andrea Bertola, Artistic Director.

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What kind of humanistic or evolutionary programs do you see related to the arts that could make a difference in our educational system?

Georgina Galanis, Responds:

Over the past 40 years, Dr. Susan Mintz-Bello, Director of Organization for the Arts and Whole Brain Learning has passionately taught, researched, written about, and created The I.am.I™ Method of Spontaneous Painting. It is a labor of love.

Susan received her PhD in Expressive Therapy and The Psychology of Art from the Union Institute, Cinn., Ohio, her M.A. in Humanistic Psychology from California State College, Sonoma, and her B.A. in Education and History from New York University. She is a certified Biodanza facilitator, group psychoanalyst, licensed art therapist, and spiritual activist.

She initiated her studies and research into the potentials of human consciousness from 1971 – 1974 in India, studying Vipassana meditation, yoga, Buddhism, and Hinduism. During these years of and her spiritual journey she lived with Tibetan refugees in Northern India and Nepal learning carpet weaving.

From 1980 until 1985 she lived in Indonesia and Singapore and studied painting. She founded the International Women’s Artist Association of Singapore and participated in various group exhibits with other members of this association. In 1985 – 2000 she lived in Brasília, Brazil developing her work in Art Therapy. She founded and directed the Center of Creation, in Pirenópolis, Brazil where she conducted workshops in Spontaneous Painting. Dr. Bello is the author of the book Painting Your Soul: a method to develop the creative personality, published in Brazil, in its 3rd edition. She is currently writing Reawakening the Colors of Life, to be published in the United   States.

Currently residing in New York City, Dr. Bello founded and directs the non-for-profit The Organization for the Arts and Whole Brain Learning. The goal of the organization is to offer training programs in The Spontaneous Painting Process, for facilitators working in education, business, hospitals, and prisons. She conducts workshops, courses and training programs in The I.am.I Process at in Brazil and the United States.

Testimonial #18: Georgina Galanis

Georgina Galanis, The COLORS of LIFE, Creativity Consultant Creative Life Design

How has your life been indelibly touched by a teacher who utilized the arts for whatever reason and acknowledge how they were instrumental in breaking the mold to allow you to become who you are today?

I was acknowledged and “seen” for the first time by my Fashion Arts, Production, Design & Merchandising Teacher– Mrs. Sylvia Fox. She was enthusiastic, creative, a forward thinker ahead of her time, and allowed me to be unique in her class — in fact, she encouraged each of us to find and express our own style and imprint. We became friends during and following my 3 years with her and I was invited back to speak to her new class about my own experiences and career (then in my early twenties as a clothing buyer for an upscale privately owned high fashion store). We remained dear friends and she asked me to accompany her students as a mentor to New York City to visit the Fashion schools that could be choices in their college selection.

She influenced me in that she treated my work and my spirit with respect, and inspired me to grow — Her life was shortened by pancreatic cancer when she was in her early 40’s and I remain forever saddened by the loss of an incredible lady and teacher who changed my life.

As the founder of The Colors of Life concept: a progressively expanding lens of compassionate awareness from which to view and manifest creative potentials , I have integrated my background in design, art and spirituality as a Creativity Consultant and Sacred Space Ensemblier, guiding non profits and individuals to deeper expression and authenticity in life and work.  

How are the arts re-igniting your community and sparking innovation and creativity in your local schools?

Teach the teachers the I.am.I method of Spontaneous Painting….how to use the gifts you were born with –your Innate Authentic Multiple Intelligence. Art technique is not a focus with this method yet it uses non judgmental expression through the act of painting. In addition empathic listening, safe space interactive sharing, movement and meditation is applied to release suppressed creative energies and view new perspectives.  This method can then be applied to any subject, in any class, to any willing student, any age group worldwide.

Creative self-expression is a natural human gift we ALL can develop if given the opportunity. Whole Brain Learning programs, such as spontaneous painting, provide people – from the advantaged to the homeless, and populations with or without special needs – with effective tools to develop their innate authentic Self. When large numbers of people actualize their authentic Self, they align with their unique potentials, life direction, and develop their I.am.I. Together, as each individual emboldens their inner greatness, we form a critical mass and, there will be an evolutionary breakthrough in human consciousness.

Learn more about facilitators and teachers training courses–From the Organization for the Arts and Whole Brain Learning

Gem Magazine Long Island

The Beauty, The Business & Learning About Art

Me? Collect Art? WHY?

Art is not just for collectors. Everyone, young and old, can have an appreciation for creative expression visible through paintings, sculptures, photography and the like.

According to ArtpriceTM, the world leader in art market information, $11.57 billion dollars was generated globally from the sale of art in 2011.This represents an increase of $2 billion dollars from the previous year.While there are many collectors who have a strong appreciation for art, they also consider it an investment. Read more…

Gem Magazine Long Island.

Arts cutbacks hurt state, but only rural areas cry foul

It’s like a Sherlock Holmes mystery that was solved because of the dog that did not bark.  In this case, it’s the Johnson County arts groups that have not barked, not even growled.Where is the outrage over Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto last year of $700,000 in state aid to the Kansas Arts Commission? Why have we not heard of arts programs being shut down, with the KAC going out of business? Why the eerie quiet? Read more…