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Art of the Song
Through Art of the Song we have learned that creativity is a profound agent for community and for change. From South African artist Vusi Mahlasela we learned it is possible to sing a culture of hope into being during the darkest times of apartheid; from Judy Collins that the very act of creating, heals; and from Linda Mason that music created for women in the refugee camps of Darfur meant more to them than physical aid – through creative expression they discovered that we did not simply pity them but that we understood, in our hearts, their plight.
The impact on listeners is real, and they’re sharing their stories with us. A teacher of a bilingual 4th grade class used notes she took during the weekly broadcast to craft a lesson plan for her students preparing for state testing; one interview healed a rift between two estranged friends; and an elderly painter told us she feels connected to a greater creative community while listening to Art of the Song each week.
These experiences have confirmed our understanding that creative expression is an essential ingredient of what it means to be human. Engaging in creativity can make us happy, healthy and can improve our society.