This sounds lots of fun!
It's China Children's Week and a big art competition will be happening in Victoria Park.
More info here.
We wish you the very best for 2013 with lots of Art for everyone of course.
Certain people do not think about what they say, others think long and hard. Well done John Franklin Stephens for speaking out.
Ann Coulter is a lawyer and a social and political commentator. She left a tweet that is impossible to repeat. You can find the tweet here.
John Franklin Stephens wrote a response which just shows the power, wisdom and beauty of the written word. Regretfully not everyone possesses this gift.
Dear Ann Coulter,
Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?
I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.
I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.
Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.
Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.
Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more.
After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV.
I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash.
Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.
No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.
Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.
A friend you haven’t made yet,
John Franklin Stephens
Special Olympics Virginia
The original letter was posted on The World of Special Olympics website.
Not everyone is preparing for a cozy Christmas at home, that's why this project from arthur+martha is so touching.
Poet Phil Davenport and artist Lois Blackburn have been working with homeless people in Manchester, telling their stories with needle and thread. The result is a big patchwork quilt and you can visit it at Manchester's Holden Gallery until 18 December.
This amazing project has brought together lots of different people and no doubt will have a ripple effect throughout Manchester. Along the way they have also gathered lots of stories which you can read on the blog.
arthur+martha is a great community interest company with some other amazing projects up their sleeve, check out their website and flickr account.
The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at the Canterbury Christ Church University is leading the researching into the potential value of music in the promotion of well-being and health of individuals and communities.
They have now published four Singing for Health guides on:
This info will be saved in the Literature section under the Resources tab which you can find on the Navigation bar.
The Sing Your Heart Out website is also well worth a visit. These are a series of singing workshops for people to get together and enjoy themselves, and to gain the known benefits to mental health from singing.
Below is a lovely clip about these lovely workshops.
Let's start the week with an amazing story.
In Cateura, Paraguay, children play music on instruments made out of garbage. It is such a heartwarming film and it clearly shows the impact music can have on life.
More information on their blog or Facebook page.
This article was pinched from the bruismee.be website. Thank you.
Last week, we visited the finalists' exhibition at the Mandarin Oriental. The yearly competition aims to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and tries to celebrate the quality of art that can be produced by young students in Hong Kong.
It was an exceptionally good exhibition and voting was hard. The prize is quite unique as the winner will not only get a personal prize but he/she will also win another HK$50,000 for the school they attend.
You can still cast your vote online or wait until 20 February for he exhibition to open up one last time at Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb