Reacting to Fear: Mary Engelbreit’s In the USA

Creativity can help us through uncomfortable emotions and thoughts. What happens when these personal visions strike a nerve with others? Mary Engelbreit is a children's book illustrator and author from St. Louis, MO, USA, who started her career as a designer of greeting cards. Her delightful books of brain teasers, projects and recipes for kids, her fairytales and … Continue reading Reacting to Fear: Mary Engelbreit’s In the USA

Be It Ever So Humble: The Southern Shotgun House

Society has a tendency to write off working class neighborhoods as lacking in creativity and artistry. Are we missing something? Vernacular architecture is that which uses local construction materials to create structures that fulfill local needs and reflect local traditions, rather than shipping in materials and designs to create something more cosmopolitan. There is often … Continue reading Be It Ever So Humble: The Southern Shotgun House

There Ain’t No Place That Far: Disney’s Song of the South, 1946

History is not dead, but is constantly reinterpreted through the arts. Can we relate to earlier interpretations despite their controversy? Song of the South, produced by Walt Disney for RKO Pictures in 1946, was one of the first films to combine live action with animation, allowing actors to interact with imaginary characters. Audiences had been delighted the … Continue reading There Ain’t No Place That Far: Disney’s Song of the South, 1946

When the Spirit Moves: Creativity and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream Speech

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and uttered words that continue to reverberate in the American consciousness and beyond. That speech, delivered August 28, 1963, was not the speech King had prepared. At the prompting of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, he began to speak extemporaneously … Continue reading When the Spirit Moves: Creativity and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream Speech