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Summer Camp

One dream project of mine is to establish an open studio practice wherever people gather – every office, school, mall, factory – every community hub, sports facility, detention center, – every theatre, museum, and business incubator. Over the years Rebecca and I developed a studio starter kit. Everything you need for a studio fits into […]

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Considering Smiling as a Skill

My Sign: “Team, Family, and Friends” Sign Journal Entry: “This is about the great fullness of me. These are the people who stand up for you and have your back when times get tough. They make you happy when you are sad and when you are so mad you can’t help but to smile when […]

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Pretzels and Leadership

I smell pretzels. I’m outside the College Avenue Public Library. Across from me is 670 East 42nd Street where “A Taste of Philly” bakes its pretzels. The Edward Hopper-like view from where I stand puts this little scene into any town at any time. Inside there is a cooler full of drinks and a window […]

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Here From the Start to the End

One of our projects takes place in a neighborhood that is re-imagining itself. With Rebecca and I students create signs that express unique perspectives and authentic voices. Instead of advertising quick food or get out of debt schemes these signs point to emergent and timeless values that are growing on the insides of these students. […]

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Everywhere We Go

“Everywhere we go we have a conversation about things with the people we find there.” This sentence comes out of my ninety-three year old father’s mouth. We’re sitting together near the window at Hubbard and Cravens coffee shop. He picked me up after I dropped my car off with the mechanic. Outside, even though its […]

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The Student in Us

Who can say what deeply moves a student? By “student” I mean any of us going about our days, doing the work we do, wondering about the things and people we encounter. There is a student inside each of us. An outside-the-box questioner who keeps most of those questions to herself. After just a couple […]