Free mini Sparkshop™ - Saturday, June 12

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Delight and Disruption exhibition

Create collective poetry inspired by photographs from the exhibition.

Join Open to Being founder Theresa Esterlund for highlights and insights from the exhibition and an interactive workshop. Mindfully explore exhibition photographs, share perspectives, and collaborate on poetry (even if you think you can’t write poetry) inspired by the art.

This free program is a great way to get to know us and experience a mini version of our signature Sparkshop™, which is an innovative, mindful, and fun way to explore meaningful topic and life together with people from around the world. At Open to Being, we know art can be a window to a wide range of discoveries that create a pathway for a connected, well-balanced, and fulfilling life. We build community and deep connection through designed group experiences that intertwine art, play, movement, and mindfulness.

Offered three times on Saturday: 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm EDT. Registration is required.


Image: Mpumelelo Buthelezi. The Raw Life of the Hostel dwellers 1/10. 2018.

About the exhibition

What delights you? How does disruption affect you? Can you recognize when delight and disruption exist in the same time and space? How does it feel to experience both simultaneously? What does that look like?

Art is both a portal and a mirror. It shows us ways into, through, and beyond each other’s worlds as well as our own.

Experiencing art is a conversation and dance between artist and viewer, but there is also an internal dialogue that can emerge as we spend time with a work of art. A photograph can invite you to look more closely - at the image itself, at something or someone outside of the frame, or at your own ideas and beliefs. A poem might elicit an emotional reaction, bring out an opinion, prompt or challenge an idea.

When you pay attention to your reaction to a work of art, you can open to a connection with yourself as well as to others. That opening might be just a crack or a sliver, or it could be a wide and expansive.

The eight photographs in this online exhibition were selected to spark conversation, inspiration, and creativity. All of the poems were collectively written by groups of people who mindfully explored individual or paired photographs. The poems, like the photographs, reflect personal points of view and expressions. Brought together, each visual and verbal voice is woven into an entirely new composition. 

Delight and Disruption is online May 14 through August 1, 2021.

See the exhibition