Five things worth knowing this week . . .

Sing a Song. Now in its third year, the Songwriting Camp was once again a smashing success. Havilah Rand, visiting instructor from Bellingham, miraculously transformed the Blue Heron into a very hip and youthful songwriting and recording studio.

Nine students, ranging in age from 7-12, wrote 18 original songs and recorded them on CD’s. Several students performed their songs at the CD release party. Mimi’s song was about her brother, Stormy, who doesn’t live anywhere nearby. Well imagine her surprise when he showed up to hear her song at the performance. Actually you don’t need to imagine, her smile says it all!

Here are links to the music!

Iduna Shomsky “TheAntsGoMarching”

Mimi Dawson “Stormy”

Jaylie Carleton “TheStruggle”

VSAF Week Two.  I was out of town for a couple of days this week and came back to an astonishing collection of new goodness ready for our second Summer Arts Fest opening.  Honestly what’s on display is stunning . . . I can think of plenty of big city galleries that would be doing backflips to have a show of this depth and breadth.

Flying in our lovely Koch gallery are mobiles from Vashon artist-polymath Scott Durkee.  Pictures just don’t do his work justice, but here’s one.

 

We are so fortunate to have on his island a weaver of Suzanne Hubbard‘s caliber.  Her amazing loom is in place and her community weaving project called “The Big Weave” begins tonight at 5:00.  Please stop by in the next week to lend your hand and heart to this amazing project.

Finally, the Wood Artist Group Show curated by Steve Caldwell and Shawn Nordfors is not to be missed.  It is coupled with a demonstration on Saturday, July 14 from 2:00 to 5:00 that fully confirms the excellence of our Vashon wood artists.  So well done.

Watch this wonderful video to see highlights from both summer camp and Vashon Summer Arts Fest. It is set to the song, “Fern’s Theme” by Vashon’s Day Nap, which was written for Allison Trundle’s play, “ReWild,” and performed at the festival opening.

Totally Worth It.  Drop whatever you’re doing Saturday night and come one down to the Kay for an evening you won’t soon forget.
Beloved islander, Larry Flynn, is bringing The Total Experience Gospel Choir to Vashon Island. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Seattle based Bailey-Boushay House. Bailey-Boushay was founded as a way to address the housing and health care needs of people living with AIDS. Today, Bailey-Boushay continues to serve people with HIV/AIDS as well as those who need end-of-life care with conditions including cancer, ALS and Huntington’s disease, among others.

The award winning and world renown Total Experience Gospel Choir bursts with love, joy and enthusiasm – humanity! It is hailed as one of the Pacific Northwest’s finest soulful ensembles. Pastor Patrinell Staten Wright started the group as a gospel music class at Seattle’s Franklin High School in 1973. Since then the choir has grown to become a nationally and internationally known gospel singing group. Come celebrate Pastor Pat’s 45th and final year of conducting this fabulous choir.

Click to see the official trailer for the documentary . . .

It’s Just What We Need. We are working on making our entryway more inviting and welcoming. This morning we put up four new market umbrellas which will soon be shading two four-top bistro table setups.  The best part?  Later this same day a bunch of musicians dropped by to practice under those very same umbrellas!!!! Videos coming.

And just so you know, we replaced a broken window so road-facing smile no longer features a cavity!

Nearing Completion.  We have received a wonderful report regarding the VAIS 30th Anniversary Art Installation.  In the words of Program Manager Kaycie Alanis . . .

I wanted to give an update on how things are going, which is terrific!  Bob Powell of Meadow Creature finished up fabrication of all the components a while back and Ela has been working hard on the remaining fabrication, piecing it together, and putting on finishing touches.  He should be done in the next 10ish days or so.  It’s looking beautiful and we’re all very excited to see it installed and watch the island light up to have its own student-designed and super collaborative sculpture right in town.  Many, many hands have been involved with this art in every stage and I’m proud to have it representing Vashon Artists in Schools in such a visible way.  Thank you for accepting this gift at the Pharmacy!

Massive thanks for our good colleagues at Vashon Thriftway for so generously supporting this project!  Enjoy some pictures of the work in progress.

Finally, and this is a sixth thing, I was taken by an article in an online magazine called Quartz called “Find your passion” is bad advice, say Yale and Stanford psychologists. Catchy title, right?

This is the question in a nutshell: the difference between a fixed versus a growth mindset, that interests (or passions) are already there somewhere and we just need to discover them vs. they are something we need to develop to discover.

“Are interests there all along, waiting to be revealed?” the researchers ask. “Or must a spark of interest be cultivated through investment and persistence?”

The article is a good read.  Here’s the nub of it:

[Yale-NUS college psychologist Paul] O’Keefe warns that the directive to “find your passion” suggests a passive process. Telling people to develop their passion, however, suggests an active one that depends on us—and allows that it can be challenging to pursue. This, the psychologist says, “is a realistic way of thinking.”

Instead of looking for a magic bullet, that one thing you must be meant to do even though you don’t know what it is yet, it can be more productive to perceive interests flexibly, as potentially endless. A growth mindset, rather than a fixed sense that there’s one interest you should pursue single-mindedly, improves the chances of finding your passion—and having the will to master it. This approach will also inform your work by providing additional perspectives gleaned through multiple interests, O’Keefe tells Quartz.

This latest study builds on the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, who has written a great deal about the benefits of a growth mindset. She worked on the new study as well. Dweck’s previous research has shown that people who perceive of themselves as works in progress, who believe in the possibilities of development rather than the fact that we’re all born with inherent fixed traits, tend to be happier, more motivated, and more successful. “In this [growth] mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts,” Dweck wrote in her 2007 book Mindset, the New Psychology of Success.


Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Caen. While he may not have been the first to use the phrase in connection with “yesterday’s news,” he is the one I remember. Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrap. Maybe it’s a generational thing. At any rate, we call our Friday wrap up, The Friday Fish Wrap . . . Five things worth knowing about VCA this Friday.

 

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