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

The Sequel: Arts cutbacks hurt state, but only rural areas cry foul

You know the poem And Then They Came for Me?  We ignored the signs because it didn’t affect our state, community, village.  And then, all of a sudden, arts funding was cut from the state of Kansas.  It’s time to bite back!  Let your voice be heard.  Send your Testimonial to The First 100 Stories https://firstonlinewithfran.com/submit-your-testimonial/

Testimonial #17: Jill Sager

Testimonial #17:  Jill Sager, Hands On Rhythm and Drum School

Jill Sager is a Toca Percussion Artist, Recreation Therapist, and author of the popular instructional DVD and Book; Beginning Hand Drumming: A Guide to Recreation and Wellness edited by Joe Bergamini and published by Carl Fischer Music.

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?

A teacher that touched my life…..
Creativity values THE ARTS and participation in THE ARTS feeds our creativity and our community.  I had two drum teachers who understood, supported, and encouraged this which helped me nurture a creative life. They understood a life that favors creative acts favors ideas, passion, risk, courage, confidence, imagination, innovation, inventiveness, resourcefulness, problem solving and productivity.

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on” Albert Einstein

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

The arts are re-igniting my community by….

Here I am, passing along the creative torch  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBc3ttN88SE

Testimonial #16: Margot Knight

Testimonial #16:  Margot Knight , Djerassi Resident Artists Program

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is internationally recognized as one of the eminent artist residency programs. We strive to provide the best possible residency experience for artists of superior talent from a diverse range of backgrounds and geographical locations.

As stewards of a unique and beautiful property, we also seek to preserve the land and use our facilities wisely and efficiently for maximum benefit to the artists and with the least impact on the environment.

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?

Mr. Carroll was the senior drama teacher at CrosslandHigh School in Camp   Springs, Maryland. I auditioned and got a role in the chorus of Sophocles’ Antigone my sophomore year. The rehearsal process was transformative. We learned about Greek history, culture and poetry. I can still recite my opening lines:  “Oh light of the rising sun, brightest beam that ever shone on Thebes of the seven gates.”

The beam was bright indeed.

How The Arts Transformed My Life…

Well, I for one know that the arts have SAVED my life. Growing up in Harlem in the 70′s wasn’t exactly a picnic and so the chance to attend one of the most revered high schools in New York, The High School of Music & Art, was not only a dream come true but an eye-opening experience. It was my first time being exposed to students from all walks and not just the neighborhood. It truly was the most wonderful experience of my young life. I still have so many friends from M&A – we were and are a very special group. I studied voice and somehow, all these years, always managed (while holding a professional job) to be in band, or a jazz trio, or to coach, or be an inspiration. I perform cabaret in the city and have recently inspired a few old classmates to get back on stage! While live music, especially live jazz, has taken a bit of a beating, there is nothing like being on stage and doing a show. Not just singing at a bar or restaurant – I mean booking a room and giving a show. Rehearsal is therapy. Sending out invites and “save-the-date” cards is so exciting. The anticipation of show time. It’s just the greatest feeling in the world. I perform at one particular venue several times a year and my “following” know what to expect when they get that invite: a show they’ll never forget. It’s my gift to myself as well as to my audience when i hit that first note. I wish there was more time and money to do it more often. Like I said live music is a tough sell these days. But I take what I can get gladly and with such pride.