Seattle Rep’s FAMILIAR: Beyond the Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents FAMILIAR from April 27- May 27, 2018. Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this resource list of books, CDs and DVDs to enhance your experience of the show.

We know that a wedding unites more than two people. The couple are not just traveling the distance to complete their vows, their families are traveling the distance with them.  Even when language, food, culture and customs are shared, couples, still, encounter unknown and unexpected ideas and beliefs. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s FAMILIAR: Beyond the Theatre”

Click! Photography through the Lens of History

Click! A photograph is a precise record of an irretrievable instant, locked within the borders of a frame that transcends time. Did you know that the history of the camera predates the history of photography? Check out 100 Ideas that Changed Photography for more eye opening discoveries of how a room-sized device came to be held in the palm of our hands.

Once a purview of the few, cameras are, today, ubiquitous and unavoidable. A lot of thinking and experimentation went into the process of refining the photographic process. In A History of Photography in 50 Cameras you have a front row seat to technological changes that made it possible for the camera to become a necessary part and partner of memory making. Continue reading “Click! Photography through the Lens of History”

The Art of the Journey

What do January and December have in common? The letter r, as in near or at the end of a journey. From January to December of this year, we have been on an artistic journey with the year-long Begin Bold End Inspired series focusing on the creative process. Each month offered an opportunity to explore resources that assist in the growth and development of artistic skills and knowledge. We covered a lot of ground!

Begin Bold End Inspired
Break open this beginning like the seed that it is! A New Year’s cold, hard exterior is full of all the necessary nutrients to carry you through to a nourishing end. Continue reading “The Art of the Journey”


Humans have been making art of the earth and out of the earth for millennia. In the contemporary world these works are, variously, known as Earthworks, Land Art and Environmental Art. The inspiration found in nature is limitless. For some artists inspiration isn’t enough; they have to get their hands dirty! Stone, soil, water, sand, air and trees are just some of the materials used to re-shape the natural landscape.

You can get an introduction to the subject by viewing Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art and by reading The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson’s Earthwork through Time and Space.

Time, temperature and seasonal cycles transform earthworks revealed in Projects by Andy Goldsworthy. For Ra Paulette, caves are his canvas. Check out the film, Cave Digger. You’ll find a self-taught sculptor who transforms interiors of hillsides into sandstone sanctuaries. Continue reading “E(ART)H”

Activist + Artist = Artivist

Artists make things and make things happen. Activists stir the public pot and ignite social change. They agitate, demonstrate, boycott and protest. Artivists react and respond to current and historical events through acts of creation and have been doing so for a long, long time.

See for yourself! A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements provides the long view and brings perspective to Global Activism: Art and Conflict in the 21st Century. Two other timely titles include Politics is a Joke: How TV Comedians are Remaking Political Life and Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation.

On all levels of society, artists move people to action through images and/or language. You can learn about the role of activist artists in Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life and Culture Jamming: Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance.

Stories of how artists have responded to injustice can be found in:

This very day, in the streets, in theaters, museums, on screen, stage and page artists engage the public, create opportunities for discussion, providing opportunities that help facilitate understanding of the key issues that we face as a world community. Willing or unwilling, in support or opposition, we play a part, are a part of the great drama of life.

See how artivists get active, become involved and leave their mark on the world. Check out the resource list Activist + Artist = Artivists.

~ posted by Chris