Spring Newsletter: Free music downloads, Artmonks on the Move!
Free music downloads, Artmonks go nomadic, Artmonk Retreat in CA Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Friend on Facebook Follow on Twitter Forward to a Friend Happy #5 AMP! In celebration of our 5th birthday, we’re offering you three free downloads of live performances […]
Residency in Puglia!
This spring, Artmonks Betsy McCall, Charles Darius, and Liz Maxwell are heading south to Puglia (rhymes with “Julia”), the south-easternmost tip of Italy. Specifically, we’ll be moving to Lecce for April, May, and June to do an artistic residency and embark on a new collaboration with L’Accademia del Rinascimento Mediterraneo (Academy of the Mediterranean Renaissance). […]
I’m writing a book! Ok I’m not really writing a book. I’m editing a book. And designing it. And illustrating it. Along with my partner in crime, Joos van den Dool. We’re making a work of art. We’re crafting an invitation to the world. An invitation to host transformation. Your own, and then after that, […]
Blowing our goal out of the water!
Dear Artmonks and those who love them, Thank you so much for your outpouring of generous support! We blew our fundraising goal of $7,000 out of the water by more than $500! Our summer program is making enormous strides and the outcome of these 90 days would have been very, very different had we not […]
Ad Mortem – video preview!
Check out this promotional video for our summer spettacolo, premiering July 2012 at Art Monastery Italia: More information (web page only in Italian): www.artmonastery.org/ad-mortem
The Monastic Cycle
More than just a structure in space, a monastery is a structure in time. With a regularity that can intimidate those outside the cloister walls, monks and nuns gather every few hours, every single day, for a cycle of rituals that involve chant, prayer, and meditation. Far from the kind of mind-numbing routines we sometimes […]
Art Monastery in Amsterdam
Liz and I went to Amsterdam the first week of March for the inspirational second meeting of the Lifelong Learning Partnership (two-year european mobility grant from Grundtvig). The partnership consists of seven organizations, each from a different european country, each of which “hosts transformation” in its own way. How cool is that? There are experimental schools […]
Making the offering to the public: Artmonk Retreat Concert
It turns out that if you have a bunch of great musicians sit together in contemplation for eight days — silent save fifteen minutes of Gregorian chant in the morning and another fifteen in the evening — and then ask them to perform a concert on the eighth day, magical things happen. In the Diego […]
Artmonk Retreat 2012: a success!
On the last day of the retreat, after lifting the silence, I was standing on the patio. I was on my way back to the zendo but not getting far. Participant after participant stopped me, and with hands on my shoulders, or hands holding mine, eyes looking deeply into mine, sweet voices said, “Thank you […]
Renegade Insurgence 2012
renegade insurgence, a set on Flickr. The last weekend in January, a few artmonks gathered at a private home in Kenginston, CA, to experiment with a new form of the Artmonk Retreat. The idea was to share silence and contemplation and from that space collaborate on a shared project: creating a recording. This concept was […]