Painting Music

Art for Life’s Sake

Last week on April 8, 2013 Yo-Yo Ma gave an eloquent presentation (with musical & dance performances) about “Art for Life’s Sake”, including Danny Kaye’s influence on Ma’s ability to connect with others, and turning STEM into STEAM. The presentation was the “Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy” given the evening before Arts Advocacy Day at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Many have already blogged excellent summaries about this. After watching I wanted to see more dancing by Charles “Lil’Buck” Riley so I checked out this documentary where he describes moving like water and you can follow along as he makes his debut performance in China with Yo-Yo Ma (and Meryl Streep reading poetry accompanied by Ma’s cello is his opening act!):

Jazz, I

Jazz, I by Alison Shull

Chances are you’re viewing my painting, “Jazz, I“, before Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma and Lil’Buck get a look at it. I’m posting it here as a visual tapping along with their music, poetry and dance. “Jazz, I” is a smaller painting, 12″x9″ on canvas board which I created back in 2011 while listening to music – yes, you guessed it – jazz music.

Alison Shull is an artist who likes making her paint brush dance like Lil’Buck. View more of her work at her on-line gallery: . Here next blog post contains her own little contribution to arts education: iPhone Photo Tips for Budding Photographers.

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