A Special Thank You by kristinmarting
September 7, 2011, 1:04 pm
Filed under: American Dream, Community, Happiness, Honor, Hope, Uncategorized

We are are extremely grateful for the generous support of the following people:

Anonymous, Alexandra Beller, Jamie L. Bennett , Richard Brundage, Nicole Burman, David Cote, Rima Fand, Gia Forakis, Vanessa Gilbert, Sally & Fred Harris, Rachel Jendrzejewski, David Koren, Dominik Landowne, Leeda Marting, Donna Roseman, Lake Simons, Carl Skutsch, Kathleen Turco-Lyon.


Lush Valley Rehearsal 7/26 by kristinmarting
July 26, 2011, 8:52 pm
Filed under: Hope, Narrative, Rehearsal

Another big step forward here in Lush Valley! We began an early day with a recap of our gestures from previous workshops and showed off a new serious of gestures based the words hope, invitation, potential and pride. We jumped right into choreographing a new dance and spent the majority of our time together creating an uplifting, welcoming, environment for our applicants. We started from scratch with the new gestures and a new song and the first section is really taking shape! After lunch, we spent the rest of the day focusing on the character Jason within the script. Looking forward to the rest of this week as we’ve had a very productive first couple of days back in the rehearsal room!

Think Tank # 6 – Hope : subtopic notes: Future vs Past – False Inspiration or True Motivation by kristinmarting
December 22, 2010, 3:22 pm
Filed under: Events, Hope

Future vs Past – False Inspiration or True Motivation – notes from one of our three subtopics from our most recent think tank —

Hope in terms of time
Feeling feelings of past
Bring those to presents
It’s about that thing you want that’s just beyond your grasp
Attaining the unattainable
Myth of Prometheus
Gift of fire
Gift was taken away
This myth gave us concept of hope
Story of 23 homeless girl that wants to put herself through college and raise kids
Concept of ambition vs hope
Hope involves a disadvantage
Ambition has negative connotation
Ambition is active
What do you hope for
Hope involves immaterial goals and desires
Outside of your sole control
Involves other people to achieve
Post on Facebook I never had an expectation of those around me so I’ll never be disappointed
Hope is vulnerable
Putting it out there that there is something beyond your control
Does the concept of hope exist in other cultures
Concept of hope after fall of communism
Hope tied to capitalism and way to better your circumstances
Bush preached pull yourself up by your bootstraps but came from wealth
Obama pulled himself up, then used hope in campaign as collective yes we can
Concept of hope in American dream is contradiction
Individual vs society
Article in new yorker about artists that become artists late in life
Narrative not as sexy because we like to believe in magic
Hope as seed for ambition
Hope is very emotional
Hope is subjective
Hope fading as you get older
Hope as powerful tool for good, not evil
When does hope become insanity
False aspiration vs true motivation
Depends on the pathways taken
Blind ambition and moby dick, captain ahab
How far will you go for one principle
Dreaming wishing hoping planning doing
Govt doesn’t want you to have hope in the govt
Entitlement as it relates to hope
If you have food water shelter you can hope for bigger things
If you don’t have that, you have to hope for food water shelter
After depression, period of affluence that still exists
Home ownership more common
Access increased with mortgages
Now recession brings that into question
Government created the housing industry to replace war industry with gi bill
Hopes become selfish with this type of materialism
A dream deferred explodes
What turns hope negative
Hope as function of time
Hope can be sustaining
Hope as it relates to socioeconomic status
This affects what we hope for
Hope becomes a staircase
Once you achieve what you hope for, focus on the next hope and achieve that
Is hope about attaining control?
Hope that you will move forward toward financial security
Hope that you can give your wife the best life possible
Hope for surrounding yourself with people that happy are pursuing their dreams
Hope for your children to do well socially
Hope for your work to be seen in broader circles
Hope for art work to intersect with people and getting them to think about ideas
American dream has value if we can find our way back to these core values and their true values
Hope for community
Deflation of hope after Obama campaign
Does Obama concept of hope involve entitlement
Hope on small scale is more successful and ties into large scale long term hopes
Global hope
Interdependence summit in new York
Arts are an integral part of bridging gaps and promoting interdependence
Global hope as it involves environment
Do you need the possibility to fail to have hope

Is hope for peace less with no draft – soldiers not sons of
Mandatory draft fpr armed or civil service – true community service
Where is the cross pollination of humanity –

Men who stare at goats – docu-film

Hope is an ambition for safety and peace

Rally to restore sanity
Gave sense of hope that govt might hear us

Think Tank # 6 – Hope : Subtopic Notes – Hope as a Hook for Religion by kristinmarting
December 20, 2010, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Hope, Uncategorized

Hope as a Hook for Religion -one of three  subtopics at our most recent think tank – here are the notes from the conversation:

Believing in a positive outcome. Hope is the outcome, not the beginning.

-Many religions are very controversial and violent, hope is not. Except in Hinduism, Buddhism, etc, which doorways to hope. Why the difference?

-How do you pin down hope? How do you access it when it’s not a tangible thing?

-Hope is a world view

-What’s the difference between wish and hope? Wish has no time, Hope has a destination

-In ASL, the sign for Hope starts from within us, where faith and wish are directed above us.

-Hope as currency: A woman who was persuaded to give all of her money to a Televagenlist’s ministry and when she won the lottery with her last dollar, they said it was the grace of God, blessing her for giving all she had.

-Hope can be capitalized upon: it can be changed, morphed, and used to do what you need it to.

-Hope and Faith are cousins: Faith = negative? Hope = positive?

-Humanity: Hope is distinctly human

-Do animals have hope?

-Are there different levels of hope? 7 levels of Hell, 7 levels of Heaven? Is hope = heaven?

-Religions are all on the path to the top of the mountain, but they’re fighting along the way.

-Easy to wish to be good, helpful, loving people. Yet it’s hard to hope for it.

-Is Hope a bi-product of dependency?

-Hope as a means of survival, the only way some can survive is by having hope:

-“Consider the lily’s of the valley…” –> Lily’s will always survive there, because of the nutrients they’ll always be taken care of. This verse is meant to inspire hope via a survival story.

-Herman Melville’s idea of sharks: they’ll always find a way to get by.

-Tammy Fey, and like minded televagenlists manipulating hope in order to meet their standard of survival.

-Do you have hope when you’re on your last leg of survival? –> Deserted Island scenario.

-Be careful with your hope: Blind faith is dangerous

-It’s a commodity, precious: not to be given away indiscriminately

-Soul is your peaceful inner space.

-If all our needs are met, there’s no need to Hope: Need vs. Want. If it came from lack or yearn, then it’s less discriminate where to go with hope.

-Hope linked to fear. risk.

-Religion as a way to manage hope

-Hope is a choice.

LUSH VALLEY Think Tank #6 – Hope by kristinmarting
November 28, 2010, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Events, Hope | Tags: , , , , ,

Join us for our sixth of eight community THINK TANK sessions on Sunday, December 5 from 3pm-6pm which will delve into the concept of HOPE . These Think Tanks are open to the public and are a cross between Town Hall and Open Space format. We are looking to have a diverse group of folks at each event – we are looking for artists, alternative thinkers, educators, activists, social workers, HR, lawyers, parents, politicians and anyone else who is interested. Please come – and if you know someone who fits this description and might enjoy this event, please forward.

This is our last think tank until February or March!

Please note: this event will be held at HERE’s Rehearsal Space, 75 Varick at Canal Street. Please bring ID for entry into building.

If you would like to attend, please email to rsvp.