Flourish: Artists Explore Wellbeing is a multi-disciplinary programming initiative about health and happiness organized by the Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center. This multiyear program spanning 2013-14 seeks to explore the questions: how can we cultivate meaning and contentment in our lives? How do we flourish? Developed in collaboration with Montalvo’s Education Program, the initiative includes exhibitions in Montalvo’s Project Space Gallery and throughout its 175 acre Public Park, as well as performances, participatory engagements, workshops, conversations and screenings in various venues throughout the property and off site.
Flourish: Artists Explore Wellbeing investigates the intimate interconnections between personal wellbeing, thriving communities and a healthy planet through a series of related topics.
The interrelated health of the body, mind and spirit.Countries with advanced economies like the US are nevertheless experiencing severe health crises among their citizenry, including such mental illnesses as depression and attention deficit disorder and physical ailments like obesity and diabetes. How do we attain good emotional and physical health? How does emotional stress impact the healthy functioning of our bodies? How do our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual experiences overlap and inform our sense of wellness?
The intimate relationship between what we eat and how it is produced and human, social, environmental and economic wellbeing.Increasingly, we are recognizing the importance of food nutrition for our cognitive and physical health, as well as the inequities and threats associated with current food production policies. How does sitting down for a meal promote emotional and physical nourishment? How does it cultivate a sense of community? How can we support environmentally sound agricultural practices?
The important role that social relationships play in emotional wellbeing.Research suggests relationships shape our personality and influence our physical and mental health. Through high quality social relationships we experience affection, intimacy, and nurture, all of which fosters wellbeing. How do we build strong communities with high degrees of trust and empathy? How can we support family life? How can we practice compassion for others and for ourselves?
The critical relationship between individual wellbeing and our environment.As earth’s life support systems ─ food supplies, clean water, stable climate ─ necessary for human health and wellbeing continue to deteriorate, how do we forge new sustainable relationships with the various ecologies upon which we so intimately depend? How do we develop a better appreciation and understanding for the intimate connection between the health of our natural environment and individual wellbeing?
The affinities between play, creativity and wellbeing.Play, as an exercise of the imagination, enables us to test out possible models of behavior and broadens our perspective and capacity for creativity, innovation and collaboration. Today we are increasingly spending more time in front of electronic screens and less time engaged in out-door play. This development has serious physical and mental health consequences, particularly among children. How can Montalvo’s 175-acre Public Park become an arena to explore the intersection between play and wellbeing?
ON VIEW THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Mountains in My Spoon: Artists and Food at the Lucas Artists Residency
The Lucas Artists Residency Program (LAP) at the Montalvo Arts Center has long fostered a special relationship between artists and food. The LAP was the first artist residency in the US to ...
UPCOMING EVENTS RELATING TO FLOURISH:
TUE JANUARY 21, 2014 6:30 P.M. (Historic Villa)
And there are pears...
An Evening of Music and Poetry
Enjoy a night of music and poetry in the historic Villa! The evening will include a performance by newly formed Ensemble San Francisco, poetry readings by Jeffrey Levine, poet and founder of Tupelo Press, and Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate and Lucas Artists ...
FRI JANUARY 31, 2014 6 P.M. (Project Space Gallery)
Closing Reception for "Mountains in My Spoon"
Join us to celebrate the closing of the exhibition Mountains in My Spoon: Artists and Food at the Lucas Artists Residency! Chef Kitty Greenwald and artist Grahame Weinbren will discuss their multimedia collaborative work Still Life with Banquet. Artist Susanne Cockrell invites visitors to taste ...
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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS:
BEGINNING SAT, JANUARY 18
(Lucas Artists Program Commons)
Body as Ecosystem
Making Healthy Babies
Designed for anyone interested in food and fertility, this workshop will take a systems-based approach to nutrition and cooking for optimal fertility and the nourishment of healthy babies in utero. Beginning pre-conception and continuing through pregnancy, we will discuss key food and nutrient based approaches ...
FURTHER RELATED ACTIVITIES:
Docent Tours of Art on the Grounds
Docents lead visitors on tours of Art on the Grounds 2013, helping you get the most out of your visit.Space is limited and reservations are required two business days in advance by calling the Montalvo Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.Note: Tours include ...