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The Touchstone Center's September Newsletter

We are pleased to announce an extension of the exhibit Enchantments of the Earth – a site specific installation of ceramic vessels by Carol Grocki Lewis based on my poem for the garden at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum – until November 1st.  Another of the Center’s exhibitions, Art Inspires Art: How Does a Bird Imagine? What Does a Tree Know?, at the Kensington Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, has been extended through October 15th.
In The Early World: Discovering Art Through Crafts, one of the finest books on the role of the arts in education, has recently become the source of a forthcoming book by Margaret Macdonald exploring the life and teaching philosophy of its New Zealand author, Elwyn S. Richardson.  We are looking forward to Ms. MacDonald’s book as a means of bringing new interest to the ways in which a rural elementary school in New Zealand, under Richardson’s direction, was transformed into a profoundly creative arts centered environment.  A lyrical overview of the school can be seen in the short film, The Song of the Bird.

I will be giving two workshops that will draw upon the work of the Center. At the 11th  Annual Literacy Review Workshops in Teaching Writing at NYU, I will be giving a workshop on October 2nd entitled: Finding Yet Another Language:  Imagining and the Invention of Worlds. And at the 5th Anniversary of the James Hillman Symposium on October 16th and 17th at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in Dallas, Texas, I will initiate and be part of a conversation on the poetic and mythic imagination of childhood.

Richard Lewis
The Touchstone Center

Picture from the Children's Workshop School, 1994, Touchstone Center Archives.
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