June/2010
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Quiet Callings and ArtThread
Work of Art Continues

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ArtThread's art-making tool used in live performance with "Quiet Callings"

Making art and peace - live!

Fred Johnson & Jay KleinJay Klein was recently honored to participate in a "Quiet Callings" performance and contemplative service with Fred Johnson (Frejon). As Fred chanted and played his instruments, Jay played percussion and created ArtThread images that were projected on large screens on the stage at the Octagon Arts Center in Clearwater, Florida.

"It was a full sensory experience of our collective spirits," said Jay.  "As Fred did his chanting, I was able to play freely with our online art-making tool Splash.  Fred and I came together in a visual and aural jam!"

Fred Johnson is a world-renowned performer and his opening for both Aretha Franklin and Dr. Deepak Chopra points to his versatility as an artist. An acclaimed jazz musician and singer,  Fred has recorded and toured worldwide with jazz legends Chick Corea, George Benson, David Sanborn, B. B. King, Ramsey Lewis, Patti LaBelle, Herbie Mann, and the great Miles Davis.

His presentations on the healing power of music have caught the attention of internationally recognized holistic health practitioners. Mentored by masters of the African oral and percussion legacy, Fred has been hailed as one of the true guardians of an oral tradition transplanted and nurtured to create a fusion of cultural heritage that is uniquely American and inherently African.
Splash - Quiet  Callings
"The images Jay created came on organically as part of the Quiet Callings experience," said Fred. "It was great to share this experience with ArtThread.  We are all working toward the same thing - shared creativity and peace!"

Fred works on multicultural community arts projects as well as weaving his beautiful sound sculptures and sacred sound healing energy into international conferences in Israel, Puerto Rico, Sardinia and other parts of the world.

Jay Klein is ArtThread's founder and CEO, and he is also a well-known drummer and composer.
 
The story of how the Quiet Callings mantras were revealed to Fred will soon  be published in an upcoming book.

Work of Art Program continues with Project 10 Transition Education Network
Work of Art Program
"It's impossible to fail!"

Those are the words of an elementary school teacher, talking about using Splash as part of the Work of Art program with students in the Project 10 Transition Education Network

Project 10's mission is to assist Florida school districts in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes. 

As a Project 10 partner, ArtThread provides the Work of Art program as a way to foster creative expression, teach technology and graphics, build community and connections, and offer positive therapeutic activity to help counteract negative behavior - all leading to student empowerment and a sense of accomplishment.
Rob teaching
ArtThread faculty conducted five train-the-trainer programs for 85 teachers, therapists, and counselors, as well as the Project 10 regional representatives.  These trainings focused on using all the features of the ArtThread Gallery with this specific population of students with disabilities, and the trainees came from all over the state of Florida. 

These training sessions were completed in January, and since then over 800 students, teachers, and staff in Florida school systems have begun using the Project 10-ArtThread Gallery

Stay tuned - we'll soon be sharing an in-depth look at how this project is working throughout the Florida school system.

Project 10 is funded by the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg,
through a grant by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services,
Florida Department of Education.
 
Our partners - using the ArtThread Online Gallery to make creative connections:  
  
Project 10 Transition Education Network
                                     UCLA Pediatric Pain ProgramSustainable Cambodia

Carnegie Mellon ETC   
 



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