Saturday, January 14, 2012


I spent the past few days up here in Anchorage, Alaska attending an arts and culture conference put on by our State Arts Council.
A moose browses on bark right next to a busy street.
The theme of the conference was building creative communities.  Outstanding presenters included Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Milenko Matanovic of the Pomegranate Center, and Carole Coletta of ArtPlace.  You have to check these organizations out.  There is so much hope for a better world through co-operation and collaboration in the arts!
Anchorage, -7 degrees F (-22 C) at 4pm

Big icicles hung from the eaves of this house.
There was lots of information about how artists have been collaborating with others in their communities to create gathering spaces; about the changing role of artists and how that can bring positive change to our aching world.

I met artist friends both old and new in the workshops.  It was a great conference. 

I fly home tomorrow, full of inspiration and fired up to get back in the studio.  Hope you are having a good weekend.


  1. Oh my gosh Sus, I am jealous of this trip on so many levels....including seeing a moose! Can't wait to hear more about it and I'll check out the links right now. Those are some mighty sharp looking icicles!

  2. OK - i know it's probably cliche, but the photo of the moose in the city street just reminded me of one of my all time favourite TV shows, Northern Exposure

    great that you got to get out and about and get your creative mojo all inspired

  3. Sounds like a very inspiring conference! And there's no lack of winter over there it seems! Glad you can take the inspiration into the studio with you....

  4. Oh my, that sounds like a great trip you had Sus !
    Nice to see such a bright and white world too.
    (minus 22 !?!?!)
    Hope the inspiration brings you lots of joy in the studio !

  5. Btw : love your poems !
    one for every day .....

  6. What a great way to start the year!

  7. Sounds like an amazing conference!! I would love to be a part of that sort of activity and I love to teach kids art- can never have too much!!


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