Art For Greater Good / by Megan Jones

Member Post by Ariyah April, co-chair of DAG’s Member Services Committee and Mercury Studio artist


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A few weeks ago, I participated in “Finding Stillness,” the first workshop of the Durham Art Guild’s “Art for Inner Good” series. In terms of clearing away the cobwebs, my three hours couldn’t have been better invested. The brilliant Catherine Howard of Conversing Fire guided our small group in gentle mental and physical exercises that can unblock probably anyone’s creative energy.

There are still open spots in the final workshop! Register online ASAP. 

The deets:

Workshop 3: “Nourishing Action” — Thursday, March 18, 6 to 9 p.m.

This workshop will explore how to take what you have learned by listening to your body in the stillness back out into the world. These techniques will include maintaining your connection to your body around other people, compassionate communication, and self-care in the midst of struggle. ($25 for current DAG members and $30 for non-members)

If you’re not already familiar with her work, Catherine Howard (RYT-500) uses yoga to illuminate the interwoven relationships between our anatomy, our emotional body, and our creative power. For a decade she has researched art-activism, yoga therapy, art therapy, Thai yoga, energetic anatomy, behavioral economics, and other science-based disciplines to develop a holistic understanding of how the body impacts and guides our creative processes. Committed to community development, Catherine also serves as the current executive director of Cary Visual Art. 

“Art for Greater Good” is a series of compelling dialogues brought to you in 2016-2017 by the Durham Art Guild. Led by experts in their own artistic fields, the panels explore several timely topics, including art as activism; art as service; and art as self-care.