Well-Being for the Modern World
Winter 2023, Issue #110
A Conversation with Laura Summers
Could you start by telling us a little bit about Lightforms Art Center? How did the center come to be? What kind of work does the center support, and what are some of your guiding principles?
In 2017 a group of artists began meeting around the idea of creating a multipurpose art center dedicated to spirit and art. After many meetings, we decided to look for an appropriate space in Hudson, New York. Generous investors purchased this space possible, and in December 2020, Lightforms opened its doors with an exhibition on metamorphosis. The next two years were full of exciting exhibitions, including Hilma af Klint and Judy Pfaff. Lightforms was run on a traditional art center model under the wise guidance of Martina Muller and Helena Zay.
Meaningful Activities for a Happier Winter: A Guide
By Tracy Karkut-Law
As the days grow darker and colder, we need to find ways to stay warm and keep our spirits up.
With this in mind, I’ve been learning about the Japanese philosophy of Ikigai: the value of meaningful activities to help us stay happy and well. Here’s what I’ve learned so far, and hopefully, there’s some inspiration for you, too.
Post-Pandemic: “Where Were We?”
By Nancy Blanning
Things are different now. The pandemic is subsiding, to everyone’s great relief, though it is not gone. We weathered two-and-a-half years of anxiety and isolation as best we could. Everyone had to make sacrifices and realize that we did not have the freedom to go or do usual things—being with family and friends, sharing meals, attending artistic and cultural events, playing on athletic teams and attending sporting events, going to school and work. This health emergency deprived everyone of practical things in our daily lives that we have been able to depend upon without worry. Grocery shopping is now a relatively easy thing to do again. We adults can still read, write, and do math at pre-pandemic levels because these skills were already in place, not waiting to be developed. Basically, the skills we have are still there both practically and socially.
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