Uncancelled Culture

Despite what you may hear, the term “cancel culture” does not mean all culture is being cancelled.
If you know where to look, there are still lots of people who are not obsessing over Dr. Seuss, Dr. Fauci, or any of the other momentary culture squabbles that shout at us through the national media window. That’s because they are too busy molding statues, writing novels, and creating music.
Ultimately, some of what they create will be remembered and appreciated long after Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Cuomo are forgotten.
At some point during the long coronavirus winter, I decided that I wanted to know more about this parallel world, so I signed up for lots and lots of online newsletters — from art museums, arts organizations, book publishers, music venues, and many other sources. When they weren’t clogging up my inbox, they helped enlighten me. Then I started a Website, We Who Create ( www.wewhocreate.com), hoping to attract even more information. Finally, it occurred to me that a lot of the stories that came to me would be of interest to readers of The Commoner.
Thus, here we are. I’ll try to make this a regular monthly feature, and I’m hoping to start a two-way conversation. If you know of something that might be a good fit for this space, please let me know. The only requirement is that it be something that would interest a wide audience, not just an announcement about a local book signing or art show.
For example:
Ken Lamberton. Lamberton was a high school biology teacher in Arizona when his involvement with an underage student landed him in prison for 10 years. He used that time to hone his writing skills and take notes on the creatures he could see through the window of his living quarters. The result was a book (“Wilderness and Razor Wire”) and a new identity as a prolific bird watcher. You might call it a modern take on “The Birdman of Alcatraz.”
Crew Nation. Trying to raise money for out of work live venue music crews. 
 
Artist Rose Frantzen paints the town — literally.
An internationally known portrait artist, Rose Frantzen grew up in the small town of Maquoketa, IA. In 2005, she was given a grant to paint a “representative, but self-selected group” of citizens there — over 100 of them in all. The result became a book and a popular traveling museum exhibit.
 
Art-O-Matic. Buying art from a machine.
Adrien Broome’s “Holding Space.”

Last this year, I happened to visit the Southern Vermont Art Center outside Manchester, VT, and was fascinated by the work of Adrien Broom. Two of her installations were on display, one of them titled “Holding Space,” and I thought that would perfect to highlight on this Website because it marks an intersection between photography, art and theater. 

https://adrienbroom.com/personal-work/holding-space-historic-homes-project

The Poetry Brothel.
https://poetrysocietyny.org/thepoetrybrothelYou get the idea. I’ll see you in April. Meanwhile, you’re invited to stop by We Who Create (www.wewhocreate.com) any time.

Darrell Laurant
Founder at Snowflakes in a Blizzard | + posts

Darrell Laurant is a veteran journalist who previously worked at the News & Advance (Lynchburg). He published over 7,000 pieces in three decades. Darrell has covered papal visits, the Olympics, American sports, and political issues in Virginia. He has also written a variety of books, including "Inspiration Street: Two City Blocks that Helped Change America."

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