Alright step right up and sign up for our classes!

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After months of work and organization, I think we are ready to sign people up for classes!

I feel like screaming it from the roof top! We finally have our website organized and a potential opening date of March 11th. SO I think we open registration and see what happens. Its been a very interesting and often intense roller coaster waiting to see what will happen. Ive had those nightmares where I go to the centre and no one is there or I go to the centre and its completely over run with people and I cant get in the door. I guess only time will tell. Ive arranged for some amazing people to teach at the centre in yoga, dance, movement, visual arts and music therapy. I have developed a wide range of class offerings and have a willingness to create what ever the community is looking for. I have made some incredible community partners that will make a class at the Mandala Art Centre worth while. I want to thank everyone who has helped me through this journey. Everyone’s support has meant so much and I hope to not disappoint.

Here are some pics of the current studio spaces. We are waiting on flooring and touch ups and hope to be moving in the first week of March!

Our Movement/Yoga/Dance Studio

The LuLu Movement/Yoga/Dance Studio

The Marseilles Visual Arts Studio

One of our visual art studios

The Powers Visual Arts Studio

The waiting room

The waiting room

Down the hallway

Down the hallway

The Marseilles Visual Art Room and the Office

 

For anyone looking for more information or wanting to sign up for classes or for our March Break Kid’s Camp at Mandala Art Centre, please check out our website at www.mandalaartcentre.com or email me at jade@mandalaartcentre.com

 

 

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If I only had one obsession…

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I have come to realize over the last few months, that when inspiration hits, I will drop everything else to try my new obsession. I completely submerge myself into the medium and cant imagine how it lived without it or what I did before it. Recent obsessions include Zentangling, Mandalas and Art Journaling. There is a never ending list of projects and ideas mostly introduced to me by Pinterest and some amazing art blogs. So every day I am inspired to try something else. Here are some photos of recent works.

Zentangle Inspired Whale

I was inspired by a beautiful stamp made by 100 Proof Press. They have beautiful stuff and deliver to Canada! http://www.100proofpress.com/

http://geeden.blogspot.ca/2013/01/circle-mandelas.html I loved this post on Pinterest and it inspired me to make my own.

 I loved this post on Pinterest and it inspired me to make my own. Check out this blog for more info. http://geeden.blogspot.ca/2013/01/circle-mandelas.html

Tunnel book inspired by the amazing work of Ingrid Dijkers. Check out her amazing blog at http://ingriddijkers.blogspot.ca/2011/09/under-sea-new-tunnel-book.html

Tunnel book inspired by the amazing work of Ingrid Dijkers. Check out her amazing blog at http://ingriddijkers.blogspot.ca/2011/09/under-sea-new-tunnel-book.html

art journaling page...

art journaling page…

I am in love with mixed media artist Tamara, aka Willowing. She inspires me...she has several websites, this link is her online classes. Absolutely worth a look! http://willowing.ning.com/group/theheartofart/forum/topics/art-heart-healing-week-1

I am in love with mixed media artist Tamara, aka Willowing. She inspires me…she has several websites, this link is her online classes. Absolutely worth a look! http://willowing.ning.com/group/theheartofart/forum/topics/art-heart-healing-week-1

My little flower, honestly cant remember who I was inspired by but I believe it was either Willowing or Suzi Blu, another fantastic mixed media artist. http://suziblu.typepad.com/

My little flower, honestly cant remember who I was inspired by but I believe it was either Willowing or Suzi Blu, another fantastic mixed media artist. http://suziblu.typepad.com/

Im so grateful to have the chance to see what others are doing and to be completely inspired and rejuvenated by them. I am also so thankful that they are willing to share with the world. The Arts community is an amazing group of people and I am proud to be a part of it finally.

I hope I have inspired you to look at these amazing blogs and to get out your art supplies and get creating!

 

WE HAVE WALLS!!

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you have no idea how pathetically excited I was today to open the door to the space and to see real, actual walls!! Holy Moly its been so slow I sure didnt expect to see that today! here are some pics of what it looks like so far!

Walls...real walls!!

Walls…real walls!!

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

The Dance/Movement/Yoga Studio space

My Office!!

My Office!!

Visual Arts Studio!

Visual Arts Studio!

OMG Im so excited! The plan is to be moved in at the beginning of March…so please keep checking on our website http://www.mandalaartcentre.com or add your name to our newsletter to keep informed on registration for classes.

I am still looking for experienced yoga, dance, movement teachers. If you are interested please contact me at jade@mandalaartcentre. com

A blank canvas…the space has been demoed…

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After months of waiting, I went to my future art space yesterday to see how it feels with all of the walls gone…It became very real to see where the new walls will be built by looking at the drawings on the floor. I was able to stand in each of the rooms and finally see how big each studio is going to be. I could also start to visualize how things will be organize in each of the spaces. It was very, very exciting.  Seeing it is so different then imagining it. Ive been looking at blueprints for months, but seeing it in real life brought the picture into focus.

here are some pictures…

our space with the walls removed...

our space with the walls removed…

windows will be in all three studio spaces

windows will be in all three studio spaces

from the other end

from the other end

I am seeing things come together…I am hoping to be in the space by March…I will keep everyone updated on the progress of Mandala Art Centre!

Why is ART important?

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earth-without-art-6368So I’m totally procrastinating on doing my write ups for my website and I keep asking myself “Why would someone want to sign up for my art classes?”, “How the heck am I going to write up something that will convince people that my classes will be good for them?”  And I guess the main question I keep asking myself is, “Is ArT important?”

I know for myself that Art allows me that space to be myself and to do my own thing. It gives me a place where I can turn off the world and just focus on me. Ive always loved the arts, all of the arts … cant  say I’m great at all of them, but I have tried most of them and figured out as an adult what I like and what inspires me. So in searching the internet, I came across a ton of research and information on the importance of art in every day life and especially in education.

Andrea Mulder-Slater, founder of KinderArt.com, talks about how art not only can help kids understand other disciplines better, such as math, science, geography. But that it also helps minds to be creative while teaching about human interactions, developing problem solving skills and teaching people how to communicate in other ways. She also talks of how sad it is to see Art disappearing from school curriculum’s when its so vital to  human development. It is often the Arts that seems to be the first thing to go when it comes down to budget cuts. http://www.andreamulderslater.com/2010/12/art-is-smart-part-one.html

I then found an old post put out by enotes.com that posed the question “Why are the arts important to humans today?” to the open forum. Some of the answers provided were nothing short of inspiring. Some of my favourite quotes:

“It is amazing how the arts can unite people across the globe, no matter where they are from, because they transcend cultural differences and capture something of what it means to be uniquely human.”

“Not having the arts is like living in a black and white world when color is an option.”

“I would add to this that the arts allow for a sense of belonging for many kids that they wouldn’t otherwise have.  Artists tend to be (but are not always) very inclusive; people who are a little unusual are more accepted.”

http://www.enotes.com/arts/discuss/why-arts-important-humans-today-10583

The last quote is one that really spoke to me about why I am creating my art centre. It is my hope that by creating groups based on interests, such as painting, drawing, sculpting, etc. that friendships and socializing will occur naturally. In working with people with disabilities for many years, I have always found that creating socialization groups was so difficult, especially for older children, teens and adults. It always seemed forced and unnatural. It was always very difficult to find social groups and peers of the same age with similar interests. I am truly hoping that by bringing people together with a common goal that friendships will ensue.

Last night I attended an event called Artism, which was a celebration of the art of people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome put on by Autism, Asperger’s Friendship Society. They had a part in the evening where they had a teenage group called Art in Action put on an interactive play for the audience. Art in Action is a Self-Advocacy Program based on elements of the Theatre of the Oppressed. When the actors were asked at the end of the evening what they liked most about being in the Art in Action group, one of the actors said “that I have all of these guys as friends”.  It was that comment that reminded me of how important it is to create groups that give people who have difficulties socially a place to belong, to be themselves and to create and develop strong relationships with like minded people. That was so poignant for me.  http://aafscalgary.com/artismVII

drawing on tshirt

So I’ll pose the question to all of you out there in WordPress land…do you think the arts are important and why? Im very curious to hear what people think…

Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

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International-Day-2012-60-per-cent2-280x359Mandala Art Centre celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by participating with Inside Out Theatre and Momo’s Mixed Ability Dance Theatre in a flash mob in downtown Calgary today!  It was great to see people I hadn’t seen in a while and to see how this amazing group of people came together to celebrate.

the +15 in Calgary is the hubbub of Calgary’s corporate district and so it was decided that this would be the perfect place to have a flash mob, especially at lunch hour. The United Nations designated theme for 2012 was Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all. “ It was really interesting to see the variety of reactions of people in the +15 to our presentations. Some people stopped to watch with big smiles on their faces, while others seemed to be put out, trying their damnedest to make their way around us to get their  lunch. As I watched, I felt it was a good thing to put people out and to have them have see what we were doing. I felt it was also good for them to experience what it’s like to try to get around Calgary when there are so many obstacles in the way. We also had the good fortune to have the manager of the Wendy’s in Gulf Square be so nice to give all of the participant a frosty dessert, thanking all involved for inspiring her. This was my kind of person…

Over all it was a fantastic day and everyone involved should be commended on their work and dedication to the event!