About: Arts of the Earth
Arts of the Earth Foundations: Building Visions and Imagining futures
The future is but a vision of our imagination. We live in a time of change and constant motion. Arts of the Earth was founded in the belief that the arts allow us to go back to our roots and make sense of an evolving social context. The arts belong to nobody in particular, but to ourselves. The arts belong to humanity as a whole and is shared among us. But to engage in the arts and fully experience its opportunities one must be conscious and willing to listen to one's senses.
The arts in its many forms provide an unending education, and are in constant progress. The arts are a bridge between past, present and future and opportunities for dialogue about our identity, the role of creativity in education and meeting future needs that allow us to remain in touch with our humanity. We hold the belief that there is a need to focus how our emotions about the social and cultural context regulate our thinking and development.
Arts of the Earth Workshop and Training: Creativity in pedagogy and practice
Arts of the Earth offers mentoring, tailor-made workshops, program development, evaluation and research. The outcomes of the workshops are based on the needs of the community and relevant to meaningful pedagogies in the global context.
Our workshops are future directed and continually evolving and to think about and on imaniging what can be. A central focus is on becoming engaged with the demands of the future and what Maxine Greene would say "what we are not yet..."
Esther Joosa: Living and educating with a vision
The idea for Arts of the Earth was conceived by Esther Joosa. As she travelled across continents, and negotiated her visions among different communities, she felt how culture both divides and unifies. In a search for solid grounds, her work and research directed her to search for the celebration of uniqueness but the need for common visions and respect for diversity. Through understanding creativity as the essence of human adaptability to change and with respect for individual culture she builds ideas among her audiences how we can master the future.
Her work with people with a cognitive disability, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, children affected by poverty and others who live at the fringes of society carry a strong social justice and critical thinking aspects. Especially in a world that is fast paced and where ideas are challenged by rapid changes, there is a need to come together and to be more reflective. It is only through common dialogue, we can see the world in motion, build bridges and create new connections.