One hundred years ago today, Jeannette Rankin won the election to become Montana’s Congresswoman and the world’s first woman to occupy a seat in government. “Speak you mind even if your voice shakes.” Maggie Kuhn wrote those words long after 1916, but they capture Jeannette Rankin perfectly.
Last year I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Philadelphia-based artist, Lily Yeh, who travels the world employing arts as a tool for social justice, community-building and personal transformation. This is a work she describes as a living social sculpture, combining visual arts with community mobilizing to create beauty. As Lily states, “where we dare to imagine and thrive, there we have a freedom and a joy nobody can control. How do we create joy? Through creating beauty.” Continue reading
You may be as surprised as I was to find out about the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a people-powered organization founded on the truth that art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change. Their Dare to Imagine national action encourages the exercise of collective imagination while envisioning the world we wish to inhabit. Continue reading