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“I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.”

– Ira Glass

 

This passage has inspired me to get this blog going again. Are you using Flipboard? I think it’s a great app to find inspirational articles and ideas, save and organize your favourites and share with others. Feel free to post a link to your magazines if you are using it.

Here are the links to my magazines:

Yum yum: Looking for something delicious to eat? Look no further!

Follow Your Dreams: Articles related to career advice, inspiration and creativity.

My Little Princess: Everything to do with Parenting.

Explore The World: Some great articles about street art but lots more related to travel and photography.

Train Your Brain: Books, Science and Documentaries

Isabelle: All my favourite articles in one magazine.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to post links to your own magazines.

A Floating Street Art Gallery

This is a brief summary of recent articles about street art that I found interesting. I want to demonstrate that street art has the power to bring communities together, stimulate urban regeneration and raise awareness about human rights and political issues.

Urban Regeneration

Duke of Lancaster Graffiti

The Duke of Lancaster has been docked in Flintshire, north Wales since 1979. Now local art collective DuDug want to transform it into a floating gallery. Click here for more images or check out DuDug’s website for more details.

Wynwood

In 2009, Urban Visionary Tony Goldman decided to create the Wynwood Walls, Miami. What began with a series of parking lots, loading docks, and drab rundown factory buildings, became a collection of high caliber murals featuring an array of internationally acclaimed and locally respected Street Artists, Graffiti Writers and Muralists such as Futura and Shepard Fairey among others. Two years later the collection features over thirty artists has expanded to become one of the largest concentrations of commissioned murals in the world.

Community Projects

Converse - Fauna Graphic by Ric Lowe-2762-1

This spectacular mural in Manchester, UK was painted by Faunagraphic. The mural is part of an international project promoted by Converse called Wall2Wall. The project gives street artists a blank city canvas to celebrate creative expression in some of Europe’s most vibrant cities such as Antwerp, Ghent, Lyon and Barcelona.

In Bristol, UK, local art collective Weapon of Choice have launched an innovative campaign to build a community street art café and creative business space in the heart of the city by sharing the cost online. The building will provide a space for local artists and international graffiti stars to exhibit their work, breathing new life into the declining Old Market quarter of Bristol.

The first of these events will be the biggest Bristol graffiti jam, featuring local writers and special guests from across the UK, since Banksy’s famous ‘Walls On Fire’ event in 1998. The team has pledged to house several youth and creative workshops incorporating not just graffiti but also music production, publishing and business practice.

For more information please check out this article from This is Bristol or help fund the project on Spacehive.

Political Street Art

” I am a human being who wants to portray an idea with a distinctive method, no more, no less.”

Egypt’s January 25 revolution helped bring out the best in raw and potent urban arts, most of all in the graffiti scene in Cairo. This short video gives a brief glimpse into the always evolving street art scene that has gone from strength to strength and become a valuable component in the creative resistance to Egyptian authorities and establishment.

Finally Street Artist, Dan Witz, has teamed up with Amnesty International to launch a campaign called Wailing Walls. The aim is to create disturbing street art to fight political imprisonment and encourage passersby to immediately take action.

To keep up to date with inspiring, political and community street art projects follow The Global Art Experiment on Facebook.

Related Post: The Peace Train

Bouncing Cats

This year Hot Docs, a Canadian international film festival, celebrates 20 years. The event will be held in Toronto, April 25th – May 5th. You can find details of the event and the schedule here. Will you be going? Any recommendations?

I have already featured many of my favourite documentaries including; Waste Land (2010), Pelada (2010), Home (2009) and don’t forget the fabulous street art documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, by Banksy. Here’s another excellent documentary to get you in the mood.

I first watched Bouncing Cats (2010) as part of the Manifesto Festival in Toronto. Bouncing Cats is the inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdance.

‘Bouncing cats, bouncing cats, baboons and cats.’

Related Post: Waste Land (2010)

Home (2009)

Home (2009) features wonderful aerial photography from Yann Arthus-Bertrand shot in 54 countries over 217 days. The documentary highlights humanity’s role in disrupting the ecological balance of the planet and inspires action. We have less than 10 years to change our patterns of consumption before we cause irreversible damage.

Watch the full documentary online here

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Related Post: Waste Land (2010)

Waste Land (2010)

I briefly mentioned this documentary in a previous post but as I begin to focus this blog on the interaction between art and the environment I wanted to revisit this documentary.

WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs a group of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s collaboration with these inspiring people as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. In the end, this documentary offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. The film portrays an important message of finding happiness and true value in the life you live.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have a favourite artistic documentary.

Related Post: Home (2009)

United by Soccer

Yesterday’s post highlighted the work of Ed Wade-Martins with Moving Sounds. I would like to follow up today by sharing another remarkable documentary called Pelada.

Away from the bright lights and manicured fields, there’s another side of soccer. In this documentary two players travel to twenty-five countries to discover that people all over the world people share a passion for the beautiful game of soccer. While Ed’s documentary highlighted the potential of music to unite people this documentary shows that soccer is equally powerful.

Several charities are now using the power of soccer to help people all over the world. Kick4Life are using soccer to promote HIV education and testing in Lesotho, southern Africa.

Love.futbol is using soccer to promote a sense of community building soccer pitches in Gutemala.

There are many other fabulous charities that use soccer to help people all over the world, I have just highlighted a couple that stand out for me. The book “Eleven: Making Lives Better: 11 Stories of Development Through Football” is a good place to start if you want to find out more.

The soccer ball has even been redesigned to bring electricity to the developing world.

Finally here is another beautiful video demonstrating people’s passion for soccer.

How has the beautiful game of soccer touched your life?

Related Post: Toronto Soccer Connection – A Brief History

Moving Sounds

I would like to start 2013 by sharing this wonderful documentary about my brother’s best friend, Ed Wade-Martins. Ed embarks on a remarkable bike ride from England to Mali in West Africa. As well as raising funds for the Fresh Start Foundation, which supports orphans and other vulnerable children in Gambia, he’s on a mission to bridge cultures with the universal language of music.

UK based Not-For-Profit Community Interest Company, Movingsounds, will offer workshops inspired by Ed’s epic cycle adventure whereby young people will explore their own visions for the future.

ed-and-cycle

Ed’s documentary has been featured on the Visions Channel, which features many inspiring documentaries that aim to make the world a better place.

There were a few things that really stood out for me in this documentary. It can be an incredible experience to travel the world and make new connections but don’t forget the importance of staying connected to those closest to you, especially your family. At times we see how much Ed misses his mum and how lonely traveling can be.

Ed also questions why he is making the journey. Is he trying to prove something to himself? I believe this is an important question we continually face. Are you trying to impress yourself or others? Sometimes we can be torn between a loyalty to ourselves, our family or our duty.

Ed also raises the point that we are living in a very disempowered society. Many people are capable of doing much more than they believe. A New Year is often a time for new hopes, new dreams and new challenges but don’t forget “every human heart beat is a universe of possibilities”. You can make changes at anytime in your life as long as you believe in yourself and believe that you are doing the right thing.

“When the beating of your heart, Echoes the beating of the drums, There is a life about to change, When tomorrow comes.