Creativity in the Commons

Cascadia Worship & Arts Workshop

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The Creative Process

I arrived at the workshop in time to see people finishing the collective works of art that the attendees were engaged in. I was invited to participate, but it seemed a little late, and I didn’t have the full context of what people were doing, so I instead grabbed my phone and took some pictures of the group.

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  • Ideation
  • Implementation

Inspiration

Next, one of the leaders of the workshop read aloud the story of Jonah.

Ideation

For about 5 minutes, we wrote in an unedited stream of consciousness about our impressions of the story. In the background, a piano was being played, improvisationally.

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Implementation

With the words and phrases on the board, the group began to work with the pianist to put words to the melodies that people would hum or sing. The downward movement of the melody became a common theme for the words of the song that expressed the emotions of loss, suffocation, asphyxiation, impending mortality, darkness, disorientation, and a deep sense of overwhelming desperation.

Throw me in. Throw me in. Toss me over. Leave me here.

At the end of the conference, a group of the artists from Coastland Commons, who had led the workshop, performed the song we had created at part of the final plenary session, just before we all participated in the sacrament of communion.

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Written by

Designer, writer, educator, social architect, founder, Builders Collective, Leading with Design. https://stephenbau.com

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