Category Archives: Inspiration

New Year’s Resolutions

We all have them, whether boldly stated, quietly muttered, or secretly pondered– resolutions for what we will (or will not) do or accomplish in the New Year.  Resolutions are easy to make, but not so easy to keep.  Still, recognizing that a change is desired or necessary, and being open to that change, is a great start.

Thoughts from the EC artists

Be reasonable

The two big resolutions are “I’m going to lose weight,” and “I’m going to quit smoking”.  Both of these are really hard to keep, because they rely on you changing habits and combating addictions.  Being really hard to keep doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the resolution, but you should keep in mind what you’re dealing with.

One artist suggested that somebody might decide to stop burping.  But EC artist Sofia pointed out, “It’s gas. Just gas. Everyone gets gas.”  Hilda agreed, “Yeah. That would be like saying you’re never going to fart.”  So, rather than trying to fight your natural body functions, it may be more reasonable to say that you will be more polite when you burp—remembering to cover your mouth and say “excuse me”.

Instead of making a resolution really broad, like “I’m going to get healthy,” try to be more specific.  Maybe you want to eat healthier.  Maybe you want to get stronger, physically.  Maybe you want to feel better about yourself, emotionally.

Don’t give up

Sometimes, we quit when we have setbacks.  Everyone will slide a little bit when they’re climbing up a hill.  The steeper it is, the harder it will be, and the more you may slide back.  It’s okay.  Give yourself permission to forget about your setbacks.  Just keep climbing.

Shirley suggested "Drink more water... You could drink water instead of soda."

Shirley suggested “Drink more water… You could drink water instead of soda… I drink a lot of water, but I drink soda, too… I drink both.”

A resolution is a promise you make to yourself; not others.

Setbacks might be even more difficult to deal with if your resolution wasn’t really your goal.  Continue reading

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Halloween Movie Posters

Things are getting spooky at the Enrichment Center!

As we put the finishing touches on our Halloween Special we couldn’t resist taking a moment to show off our costumes. Some are scary, some mysterious, but one thing is certain: they’re all amazing!

Without further ado, here they are: the Halloween Special movie posters!

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Friday Opinion Poll #4

On Wednesday, April 23rd, William Shakespeare would have been 450 years old.  Happy belated birthday, Bill!  In his honor, we have dedicated today’s poll to THEATRE.

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Click here to take the poll.

 

 

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Poll #3 Results: Do Doodle that Doodle that you Doodle So Well

Doodling is one of those things that proves that art is in the DNA– it’s a way of understanding, processing, and expressing. So what do YOU doodle when you doodle? We offered five categories in the poll, as well as an “other” category.  Respondents were allowed to tick off as many categories as appropriate.  Here are the results:

67% of respondents doodle Letters, Lines, and Shapes

50% doodle People and Figures, other than themselves

34% doodle themselves– Self Portraits

17% doodle Plants and/or Animals

and in the “Other” category?… Food!

"Geometric Letter Landscape Doodle" from DoodlerBlog.com, credited to https://www.flickr.com/photos/vatsug/with/3353696866

“Geometric Letter Landscape Doodle” from DoodlerBlog.com, credited to https://www.flickr.com/photos/vatsug/with/3353696866

 

 

 

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The Art That Breaks Silence

David Schwartz of We Are Lions– “A community that makes art into clothing and clothing into art. Raising money for incredible artists with and without disabilities and great organizations”– gives a TEDx talk about how imperfections great and small, whether labeled as a disability or not, are the shared traits that make us gloriously human.

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Friday Opinion Poll #2

The County Election by George Caleb Bingham

The County Election by George Caleb Bingham

Introducing the new Enrichment Center Opinion Poll. The artists are curious about other artists and art lovers. So, every Friday, we will be asking a new question. Last Friday, we asked what your canvas preferences were– pre-stretched canvas, canvas panel, or stretch-your-own.  Here is a link to today’s opinion poll, which asks about your FAVORITE ARTIST.

FRIDAY OPINION POLL #2

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