“Our Communities: A Symposium on the Arts”
Maryo Gard Ewell
THESE ARE EWELL’S PERSONAL NOTES AND REFLECTIONS ON THEMES FROM THE SYMPOSIUM. THESE ARE NOT NOTES FROM THE SPEAKERS WHOSE PRESENTATIONS (WRITTEN AND AUDIO) ARE ELSEWHERE AS STAND-ALONE FILES. READERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THESE AND DRAW THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS.
Themes that ran through the conversations:
- Unleashing the individual
- Building relationships
- Redefining democracy
- Creating settings
- Specialization/human community pendulum swings
- Training for cultural activists
- Relationship to, and meaning of, place
- Transformational vs transactional
- Building scaffolding vs infrastructure
- Support for cultural activists
What are some useful questions and observations we can elicit from our history?
- Knowing our history, including the motivations and “results” of what has happened before, as well as understanding how context has affected action, will help us notice and evaluate what we do and don’t believe to be truths that last through time and guide our work.
- There is a pendulum between “specialization” and the “human community”