It’s back to school and if the weather is any indication, fall is on it’s way. I had a fantastic long weekend myself, with a fabulous birthday surprise a week early in the form of an oldest and dearest friend from BC showing up as a surprise on my doorstep. I’m still smiling.
So here we are and in brief:
Sorry I Can’t Quite Hear You – excellent article about just what your social media voice is, and how to use it
Good Heavens It’s Time for LabCab! – the LabCab Festival happened this weekend and was as usual, fabulous from all reports.
PSA #5 – learning, donating, being part of something.
A few things I found this weekend – every so often you come across an article about the value of arts and culture and for some reason I got three in three days.
From the Telegraph-Journal – The Arts Save Lives. Here’s a brilliant paragraph:
Art revives slums, art gives hope, art can rehabilitate, art shakes awake brain cells, art raises test scores, art creates a living, art fosters success over failure, art gets kids off the couch, art motivates, art empowers and art can change a life… In other words, art saves lives.
From TEDxMichiganAve – Adam Thurman on Power and the Arts
From the National Post – Art for life’s sake: The health benefits of culture with another good paragraph:
It found a relationship between longevity and the people who most visited the cinema, concerts, museums or art exhibitions — although interestingly, no link existed between longevity and those who attended sporting events. More recently, listening to music was found to be beneficial in treating depression when it complemented standard therapies, and researchers have found music to have similar benefits for everything from cancer to Parkinson’s.
Something cool I found on Mooney on Theatre – Thumbs Up Theatre Toronto – a Meetup group to find folks to attend the theatre with. read the full article here.
On another note, some of you have been asking, and yes, Artsvote is back from summer hiatus and we had our first meeting on Friday. I’ll be keeping you up to date here, as well as on the official website, Twitter feed and Facebook pages (both group and community for the moment).
On those same lines, for those of you wondering just when things are scheduled to be done and dealt with at City Hall, and find that a day-of Facebook event invite isn’t enough notice, here’s the website for Meetings, Minutes and Agendas for City Council and Committees. Never again will you have to click “not attending” because you had to work. At the job you have. At your real job. In the arts.
And finally – as far as I’m concerned the New Year begins today. Something for everyone going back to school, back to work, and just plain back to it.