Art and Creating Community

Many artists – no signatures

 

This post is one in a series on workshops being offered at this years Twin Oaks Communities Conference. Betsy Pool and Formica Coriandolo of Damanhur Federation of Communities will be presenting on the critical role of art in creating community.  

 

I had the great good fortune to visit Damanhur in 2015.  It changed my thinking about esoteric and spiritual communities.  Particularly, it broadened my belief that these are powerful and appropriate living solutions for a number of people.  Damanhur specifically gave me insight into how a community which puts art and the creation of art in the center are important.

 

One of the interesting things about the Damanhur approach is that there is art everywhere and people creating it all the time.  But none of it is signed. It is a collective effort, it is not important to celebrate a single artist. One of Damanhur’s missions is to bring out the artist in every citizen.

 

Temple of Mirrors

 

Here is the description of the workshop they are offering at the Twin Oaks Communities Conference.  

 

Why art is strategic in creating community:  The Damanhur approach.

 

This is a brief journey into how we have created Damanhur and why art is so strategic.  We share how we have used art at the foundation of our community creation, and continually utilize art in order to increase community well-being, embrace diversity as resource and potential as well as to process conflict. Our community has created The Temples of Humankind, heralded in the press as “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” Our extraordinary subterranean eight chamber temple complex features remarkable paintings, mosaics, sculpture and glass art—all created to celebrate universal spirituality. The Temples were created within the solidarity of a community who were not artists. Yet, within a field of trust and non-judgment, the miracle of the Temples grows and every individual has the opportunity to create and discover the artist within.

 

FORMICA CORIANDOLO has lived at the Damanhur Federation for over 34 years.  Initially she sculpted, painted and crafted stained glass in Damanhur’s underground temples.  She then moved into various leadership positions including development of the Federation and coordination of outside researchers, sociologists and filmmakers.

 

BETSY POOLis the co-founder of The Institute for the Mythology of Humanity, an organization that works with researchers and storytellers worldwide to elucidate a history of humanity that was previously reserved in esoteric archives. She is a film and television writer/director and producer.  She hosts and produces the YouTube series “Confessions of a Time Monk,” which tells personal stories of world renowned activists, physicists, researchers, mediums,and relationship anarchists. She lives at Damanhur and organizers these and other activities from there.

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Art and Creating Community

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