New Possibilities: Individuals Finding Meaning in Art

A summary of the organizational thinking developed during Musagetes’ Retreat in January 2014. We know that art creates a space for thinking differently. When people encounter, participate in, and co-create art, they explore and interpret their feelings, memories, longings, and responses to their environments. Something happens in this personal exploration—something that is powerful and instinctual. Our lives are a continual succession of deep engagements with the world; these experiences can disrupt our existence, transform our sense of self, and contribute to our perception of coherence and resilience. The arts play a fundamental role in mediating our individual life experiences, making artistic creativity central to healthy, empathic, social, and conscientious ways of living.