We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.
-- Grace Lee Boggs
This Sunday, April 9, I'm inviting you to come to the Downtown
Cary Food & Flea to grab a circle of plain, white paper and draw or paint whatever design comes into your mind. The circles will then be added to my large "Community Circle Mural". Why a community circle mural? I really like the idea of members of a community coming together to create a work of art to reinforce how we support, encourage and inspire each other by sharing our talents and personal resources.
I chose circles because I didn't want the artistic task to be daunting in any way and wanted all ages to participate. I figured that most people would not feel threatened when faced with a blank paper circle and a handful of water soluble oil pastels
(basically crayons for grown ups). All I'm asking is for you to create some sort of design on the circle. It does not have to be profound or intensely beautiful. It can be a purple line scribble in honor of "Harold and the Purple Crayon" for all I care. The purpose is for each person to contribute to a larger mural to remind us of how we all work together to create a successful, productive, and positive sense of community.
I want to remind each person that not only do you have the ability to create something beautiful, but you have a valuable contribution to make in your community. Everyone has their own skills and strengths which combine to create a vibrant, thriving atmosphere. The role we each play is as distinct as the artistic impressions we create on these circles of paper. If we all thought exactly the same way and each decided to paint the circles yellow with a red dot in the center, my completed circle mural would be pretty boring. It is the variety of artistic expression which creates a compelling finished circle mural.
This circle mural reveals how we all have our own family and community circles, but shows how they overlap and interconnect into a beautifully intertwined work of art and function. The circle is one of the most elemental shapes in our world. It has been used for ages to represent unity, natural balance, and life cycles. Circles are highly significant in architecture, mathematics, theology, and of course, art. A circle has no beginning and no end. What goes around comes around.
So draw a purple star with golden orange rays, a big and bold pink flower, a peace sign, or a mandala - whatever strikes your fancy. I'll add your unique artistic expression to the mural and then you can get a picture of yourself next to the mural in progress. You can tag yourself pointing at your personal circle in the photo and say you played your part in a work of art.