“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Creativity is a force of our nature, as natural as breathing. We each possess a license to create that is irrevocable. It points us towards our essential nature, which is vast, unique, and universal.

Art in Motion (AIM) is an Open Floor special focus program and a collection of workshops and on-going groups that blend our movement resources with writing, theatre, and visual art-making. Sometimes all four disciplines are incorporated to access our creative intelligence and illuminate the artist within.

Whenever we dance, we build the muscles of creative intelligence. Just like emotional intelligence, fostering creativity offers profound skills for navigating our day-to-day relational world. It inevitably leads towards intimacy, raw aliveness, authenticity, vulnerability, presence and sudden attacks of transcendence.

Each Art In Motion program is a treasure trove of techniques, tools and insights that develop creative intelligence. We lean into the creative process, not just creating works of art.

The Art In Motion program is led by Open Floor Founding Members Kathy Altman, Sarah Davies, Cathy Ryan, and Lori Saltzman, in addition to other skilled Open Floor teachers.

  • Guided dance with immersion into other artistic modalities, such as visual arts, theatre, and writing. Sometimes all modalities are in the mix.
  • Laugh at mistakes and get messy – at least sometimes.
  • Sift through the debris of inevitable failures to search for nuggets of gold.
  • Zoom in and out, from the tiniest detail to the most vast.
  • Daydream on purpose. Shift between effort and surrender.
  • Develop the ability to know that everything is a remix and everyone is unique, to be able to know and name your sources and influences. Imitation as well as bursts of imagination are the hallmarks of discovering our true originality.

Art In Motion workshops and on-going groups are open to everyone who can move. No artistic or creative ability or experience is necessary.

They are for those who:

  • are looking for the unanswered questions and want to head towards unknown destinations with curiosity.
  • want to learn to tolerate chaos, discomfort and confusion, trusting that new possibilities will appear.
  • are interested in navigating between the Creator and the Critic within ourselves, with respect and compassion for both.
  • want to strengthen the ability to show their work, whether rough or polished, as well as staying with the work that might remain unfinished and no other eyes may ever see.

Art In Motion workshops and on-going groups are open to everyone who can move. No artistic or creative ability or experience is necessary.

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