Art for Social Action is a blog page for artists in all fields of media that are involved in recording,documenting and making social action projects known to the public through the language of art. It is for those who are therapists and educators who use their creative skills in healing and education. These practices support social change directly and non-violently.-METTA4
Mark Rothko. Untitled
Art as Social Action: Mark Rothko
from Mark Rothko The Artist’s Reality: Philosophies of Art (Yale UP, 2oo4)
“Art is not only a form of action, it is a form of social action. For art is a type of communication, and when it enters the environment it produces its effects just as any other form of action does.
It might be said that its use as a form of action is dependent upon the numbers which it effects. … Needless to say this sort of measure will lead one to the most absurd conclusions. … How far a single impulse can extend in its effect is unpredictable. One minute stimulus can be more far-reaching, can effect the course of society more significantly in a single minute than a thousand other stimuli – whose effect is more obvious – might over a hundred years.”
Art for Social Action is expanding its work to bring mindfulness and the visual arts to individuals, schools, and community organizations by offering direct services through METTA4. Mindful Education and Therapy Through Art
METTA4 is a service that has arisen from the Art and Social Action blog.
It offers mindful, expressive art experiences to individuals, schools, community organizations as an alternative to way of dealing with STRESS AND LIFE’S STRUGGLES. In finding peaceful, mindful alternatives to life’s social and individual conflicts.
METTA4 will be working in conjunction with Pathways of Minneapolis (pathwaysminneapolis.org)
and the Minneapolis Art Institute on December 4th in a debut collaboration of mindful viewing and contemplative studio art experiences.
see the Minneapolis Art Institute website for further information.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
More on METTA4to come soon.