Artists 4 Life in the Sound
Promoting Humanity, Variety & Originality
in the Neighborhood Communities
of Tacoma, WA & the South Puget Sound
in the Neighborhood Communities
of Tacoma, WA & the South Puget Sound
2007 A Millionaire's Dilemma, & Our Own
The great inspirations of life create in you a vision, an intuition of what is possible and a courage to go beyond the wisdom and understanding of your elders and your peers. You reach higher, become greater and do more than you ever could have hoped to do before. Such is true for many, and such is true for me.
In 2007 a generous philanthropist created a reception in Gasworks Park that would bring his family together over something they shared in common: He hosted their wedding reception to bring relations from all over the world together, to experience in an uplifting atmosphere the difference of their more open approach to life, in an extraordinary and wonderful way. The cost: About $750,000.
His wife and he were from very different backgrounds, and I imagine among their relations were trepidations and hesitations about a marriage that would call their own traditions into question, make them challenge their preconceptions and ask them to go beyond what was comfortable. There is great mystery in every kind of love, and opening to something new, setting differences aside, we experienced in those environs a rare quality surpassing understanding: The affection of families unfamiliar with one another, brought together by the heartfelt bond of lovers.
The experience changed my life.
300 guests were welcomed to enjoy an experience of life unlike any they had ever known before, and unlike any we are likely to know again. A generous portion of Seattle's performing artists and thespian community were hired for the night, and the themes of joy with diversity, commonality in community and unity in love were evident from the opening of the gates. In short, his work was to create a space where it was safe to set their differences aside, to enjoy in fellowship what they would not have known apart, and to know with one another common bonds.
I realized: If a millionaire many times over can hire a community to create an event to bring his family together, then we, too, can just as easily create an event to bring our own families together for the community that we all share in common.
And from that day on I wondered how we might do so, when a few years later . .
2010 Joy in Twilight
In 2010 I visited Olympia for their April Art Walk, and unexpectedly experienced their Luminary, too, which precedes their fabulous Procession of the Species every Spring. The experience was an enlightening one, the city was filled with music and it was the only other time in life I'd felt swept away in wonder. So from that day on I knew the medium our own event would take: An Autumnal Luminary.
The Birth of a Holiday
2012 A Signal to Our City & to Our Region
a Text in Time
For a better picture of what we have done since, and why, follow this this link here: Artists 4 Life in the Sound
This section is developing throughout the course of November, and will provide perspective on the inspirations and life experiences leading up to current projects and work:
Inpiration at Gasworks
Revelation in Blackwater: Proportion, the Arts and the Value of High Craft
The Magic Victory
Beginning of the End:
Access at Bastyr, Acupunture & a road against the 'Graine. .
Recordings in R&D
Travels East: Houston
& the Cape Playhouse
Return to Tacoma and
a Family of Friends
Groundwork for a Guide: Believing my Community
The Peabody Waldorf: Presenting the Paradigm
Illumination in Olympia
Urban Arts Fest, Fundraising at the Swiss
& Entry into the Arts
A Birthday Show
Jan 25 w/ Elk & Boar
A Guide is Born
Introduction to Olympia
Ok, Sweetheart. .
My own 11-11
In November of 2011 I was involved in an unavoidable car accident that could easily have ended my life. From that day I have not stopped following my heart.
The Guide Online -
The Omitted Slide
y2112 & the Learning Arts
July 13, 2012
'100 years from now, what lifestyles do we desire to still be available for our children and future generations? Engaging the dialogue between industry professionals, academics and the lay population throughout the Pacific Northwest and the world, our aim is to effect a clear, readily understandable and intuitive introduction to the better ways of life that constitute the regional cultural experience peculiar to the American Pacific Northwest.
Coordinating the perspectives of teaching professionals, together with the understanding of those at the ground level actively effecting our preferable ways of life, we begin to develop an accessible approach.'
Stars @ an Open
The Stellar Galactic
Zü of Life:
This City is Searching. .
2012 was a globally significant year for the culturally alert: The entire Myan calendar, one of the most accurate calendars ever created, came to its literal end of days: With the end of one era, there must needs come another. Celbrating as a community the passing of the Old Era, we welcomed with open arms the new life there is to come.
4 Star Gates
The Grand: Tacoma's International Film Festival Closing Ceremony
The Coyne & Door
A Solstice Wedding:
The Meaning of MASH
The Painted Man (pdf)
(Parts I & II Only Here; originally published on Winter Equinox, 2012 with part III)
The Procession of the Species and its Arts Walk Luminary brings 30,000 people to downtown Olympia every year - a giant boon to the small businesses and working families of their city.
2013 The Oceanic: Primordial Elements
'In a Free Culture, You Get the Best of What You Celebrate.' - Dean
The News Tribune article
In the Beginning . .
The intention is to celebrate the rare quality of life enjoyed throughout the South Sound, to establish for ourselves a Holiday tradition in the spirit of our people, one worthy of our loved ones, and useful for drawing positive attention to the people in our community responsible for creating the greater quality of life we daily enjoy.
The experience is fun, greatly rewarding and an experience worth sharing with our friends. Here is what we did in 2013.
With this comes a story potently useful for transmitting what we know about life along to loved ones and others, for introducing visitors and ourselves to culture in our neighborhoods through our own eyes, in our own words. The example will be to next generations collectively desired, anything can be achieved, and our own neighborhoods and community organizations are set to benefit most.
In 2013 we made a clear distinction between the Lumins (the event itself) and Festivus, the Holiday. I was fortunate to partner that Summer with a new company in town that was doing maps; because of my relationships through town I was able to help them better connect with our community by sponsoring those businesses I felt well represented South Sound life in Tacoma's local community landscape. The theme was The Oceanic, and so I chose a water drop to signify the Lumins, and had them demonstrate my sponsorship by printing a water drop next to the businesses I sponsored. Artists 4 Life in the Sound then handed the maps out all Autumn and Winter (really, we haven't stopped) and encouraged our friends and peers that if they something we recommended, that they hadn't yet tried, well we encouraged them to try it - to do something new. We called this, Festivus Season, and in February of 2014 I published our intent here.
With any endeavor, there is a great possibility that the original intent be lost, if it grows too quickly and others involve themselves that do not share the vision or intent. So in the second year, I centered our workshops at the best place I knew for being a creative place with an emphasis specifically on bettering the well being of the people that come through its doors: Good Karma, Center for Joy, located downtown in Tacoma's Theater District.
My intention was to center the work on the principles it would grow from, and to develop the medium as a dialogue in running time about the nature of our action as an enduring script we pass along to the generations coming after. This the poets and historians call mythopoeia, the making of myth or myths.
It's a group effort, and will take time. But understanding the processes, we begin to develop the platform for introducing outsiders and ourselves to the rare ways of life that set our South Sound region apart. Continuing this work with others active at the ground level in our communities, we work to provide access to knowledge.
2014 The Soil of Earth
2013 The OceanicJan 19 we publicly announced a music platform called,Roc'aus Rekörds. This project has made great strides since.The Guide Abides - Full Redesign Over WinterThe Coordinating Work: Orgs & Stark DedicationElements: A voice came over the waters54 OcarinasThe Release of HistoreeThe Meaning of FestivusHilltop Artists & our 1st HackSound Advice2013
2013 The OceanicJan 19 we publicly announced a music platform called,Roc'aus Rekörds. This project has made great strides since.The Guide - Full Redesign by End of FebThe Coordinating Work: Orgs & Stark DedicationElements: A voice came over the waters54 OcarinasThe Release of HistoreeThe Meaning of FestivusHilltop Artists & our 1st HackSound AdviceIn the Summer of 2013, I partnered with Love Local Living and sponsored 40 local businesses I felt well represented Tacoma Culture and the quality of South Sound life. 15,000 maps were printed and distributed city-wide.2014 Festivus Season Published (Late Feb)Spring in the Kitchenwith TR Stewart Hilltop Artists: Fromthe Minds of the young Introduction to the Bodily Arts at Good KarmaStadium Art & WineMAWP - Music MuseumDBP - The Jive HTSFEastside Green Thumbsa Musical MelangeThe International Peace Dove (2nd Signal)Reach like the Dickens
2013 The OceanicJan 19 we publicly announced a music platform called,Roc'aus Rekörds. This project has made great strides since.The Guide - Full Redesign by End of FebThe Coordinating Work: Orgs & Stark DedicationElements: A voice came over the waters54 OcarinasThe Release of HistoreeThe Meaning of FestivusHilltop Artists & our 1sMaps with a Meaning
In the Summer of 2013, I partnered with Love Local Living and sponsored 40 local businesses I felt well represented Tacoma Culture and the quality of South Sound life.
15,000 maps were printed and distributed city-wide.
Live at the New Frontier . .
The Guide Abides - Full Redesign by End of Feb
The Coordinating Work: Orgs & Stark Dedication
Elements: A voice came over the waters
A White Hot Stage &
The Release of Historee
The Meaning of Festivus
Hilltop Artists VIP Christmas
& our 1st Hack
Festivus Season Published (Late Feb)
Spring in the Kitchen
with TR Stewart
Hilltop Artists: From
the Minds of the young
Introduction to the Bodily Arts at Good Karma
Stadium Art & Wine
MAWP - We announced: The National Music Museum wants a sattelite museum in Tacoma (PDF) . . Support ? Tell us so . . wan
DBP - The Jive about B.O.B.
Eastside Green Thumbs
Stark Observations &
a Musical Melange
The International Peace Dove (2nd Signal)
Next, we wake with
Day of the Dead, then we Love like the Dickens2013 The OceanicLive at the New Frontier. . The Guide - Full Redesign by End of FebThe Coordinating Work: Orgs & Stark DedicationElements: And a voice came over the waters54 OcarinasA White Hot Stage &The Release of HistoreeThe Meaning of FestivusHilltop Artists & our 1st HackSound Advice . .
1 Saturday in Destiny, December 6th, Artists 4 Life in the Sound invite you to
do something different: Experience the inaugural Procession of Stars for the 10th Annual Dickens Festival at Stadium.
A Menu of Worthy Experience will be provided as a frame of reference for where to go for the better enjoyable experience for you, your friends and family.
An excellent introduction to what new traditions can bring to our community, the inaugural procession of stars promises to be an uplifting part of this year's Dickens Festival at Stadium celebrations.