Art & Poetry

Keeping Up with Charlene Carter

Besides leading the C.O.R.E. Drummers, Charlene created masks for our story, Chinye.  Behold, The Antelope, The Lion, and The Hyena!                     Charlene leading the C.O.R.E. Drummers at Juneteenth event, Victorine, Dorothy Carter, Shonna Beckwith, Deborah Carter, Caroline Ricks, and…

Artist Rosemary Ollison Lives!

“WALKING DEAD WOMEN”. If I can’t live! Please, God, send me someone to bury me I cannot continue to be a walking dead woman The life you gave me is all in vain I just cannot keep on living this life’s game My flesh is dead it is…

Gotta Write

  Gotta write this pain off me Light blue ink won’t do. Gotta write this mess untangled Tired of feeling blue. Gotta write through darkness. Gotta write through fright. Gotta write til peace has come. And I see things aright.     -Tekla A. Syers resides in Chicago…

Life- the Finest Art

Just in the past week, as a Peace Minister and a human being, I have been blessed to experience many diverse and “rather ordinary” meaningful facets of human life. I have moved from shock and sadness to joy and happiness with several stops in between. Here are some…

The Art of Photography: Bernard Basley

  These are some images taken in Ho Chi Ming City and in the Mekong Delta. Bernie loves to take pictures.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in TV Production from Columbia College Chicago, but now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. Bernie has worked extensively in TV production including ABC Television…

Catching up with Curtis James Morrow

We met him as Curtis “Kojo “Morrow, and he was a 57-year survivor of war and a busy artist.  Nothing has changed, except now he celebrates his 60-year survival.    His book, My Sankofa,  tells his story in vivid remembrances of his “quest for self-discovery” in Accra, Ghana. …

Art in Education

While a current and former educator, I used to question why the work of fine artists is displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry rather than at an institute of art, an art museum or gallery. Later I learned that our public schools have targeted a STEM…

True Wisdom IS Within You

  For eons, it has been said that true education means to “draw out” knowledge not put it in. One might ponder, then, why, the world over, education systems require paid teachers to formally dispense what they “know”. Presumably, teachers know by learning from others who have learned,…