Random Kindness Multimedia Poetry Event at MUSE

Paloma Pavel will be reading Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty at the MUSE opening reception, Saturday July 12 2014, at the Commonweal Gallery in Bolinas, CA.

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MUSE: The Art of Transformation and Healing Exhibition is a group exhibition designed to bring awareness about the intrinsic healing benefits of Art –both in viewing and creating art. Manifested by Art 4 All People LLC, a woman owned Transformative Arts Organization, MUSE is an integrative and intercultural art event. MUSE’s opening reception will feature an Arts and Healing festival, colored with ritual and reverence.

Event is open to the public on Saturday July 12th 2014 from 1:00pm -6:00pm at the Commonweal Gallery, a nonprofit health and environmental research institute, 451 Mesa Rd. Bolinas, CA 94924.

Become part of this global Arts and Healing movement.

M. Paloma Pavel Artist Statement for MUSE

We are living at a watershed moment in history when a great transformation is required from an industrial growth model of society to a life sustaining society (Macy, Kvaloy)​–​from eco-extinction to Earth Community. If we are to enable the life support system of the planet to continue, we will also need to move from individual mind to global heart (Tanahashi). Art opens hearts, and offers a core revolutionary pathway to inspire us and show us a way forward. Each one has a role in this Great Work of our time (Berry).

The twentieth-anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty joins the work of MUSE in supporting community resilience throughout the world. This phrase was birthed to break the spell of war, random violence and senseless acts of cruelty. Now, as our population has increased and our commonweal of earth, air, and water are seriously threatened, the call to link arms and lay down armaments is more urgent than ever. With this MUSE gathering we invite you to join the Random Kindness Community Resilience Project. We can work together to make a new earth grow​.​ May we take to heart the message that every action makes a difference in an inextricably connected world.

Beauty is a vital thread in weaving the work of social change. In 2014 transformation takes on a double meaning that includes the individual but also requires the collective healing and transformation of our society and our relationship to the biosphere.) People’s movements throughout history have interwoven deeply with the language of art, music, song and dance—these are traditional language systems that speak to people’s passions. Our work at Breakthrough Communities has joined this tradition in using artistic interventions to bring people together for metropolitan transformation and community resilience. Our current launch in partnership with artist Mayumi Oda of the Random Kindness Community Resilience project is igniting our Community Resilience organizing work through the creative sparks of poetry and art.

Arts and culture unite and communicate across interpersonal boundaries, but they are also part of our vital work within ourselves. Beauty nourishes our souls and psyches, that we may truly absorb our learnings and continue to grow. When we balance our work with contemplation, creativity, and celebration, we can be most successful in taking action for change, and stay aligned within ourselves and with one another on the arc towards justice and sustainability.

The lesson in the Random Kindness Community Resilience project is that we must seek justice and strive to make beauty at every moment— indeed, ​justice and beauty​ are inextricable. Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s thoughts on this are a special inspiration to me:

“We can create a more peaceful world by striving for goodness in each moment, wherever we are. Thus we are invited to become life artists, those who create lives of wholeness and beauty at every instant. Out of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning and order… Wherever we are, we can create beauty. Moment by moment, we can create joy. Instant by instant, we can offer kindness”