An Artistic Haven in Brookneal, Virginia

I am currently working on a project involving the start-up of a dance program, a promotional concert, and a little spot of arts heaven out here in rural Brookneal Virginia. Moving down here to Brookneal for a teaching job, I had feared greatly that I would be leaving my dance ambitions behind for at least…

Those Who Can’t Do, Teach

I’m sitting with friends in the recording room of Sweet Briar College’s music department trying to decide which of our many old projects to pick up and start work on. Since I began teaching 7th grade English this August, I haven’t touched any real art. With this breath of freedom we have, ironically due to…

Goodbye Australia!

I have just returned from what was undoubtably one of the most inspiring and exciting experiences of my entire life. ¬†Twelve days ago I set out to Adelaide, Australia with my dance mentors Mark and Ella Magruder and five other young adult dancers who I had previously studied dance with at Sweet Briar College. In…

Are all Artists Crazy?

It has been said that those with creative genius may be more likely to suffer from mental illness. It has also been said that those with mental illness are more susceptible to the muses of the arts. It appears that it would be difficult if not impossible to prove a link between the two one…

Identifying my Blog Audience

I want the people who read my blog to be awakening artists, educators, and people who intend to have an impact on the world in all sorts of ways. I want them to be anyone who can benefit from keeping the ideals of art (self-expression, the inherent value of all life, celebration, love) in mind….