“The word transcendent comes to mind when I think of the role of the artist in dealing with the issues of the day. I use that word to suggest that the role of the artist is to transcend the orthodoxy, to go beyond and escape what is handed down by the government or what is said in the media”.
— Howard Zinn Artists in Times of War
To our friends, both new and old, thank you for being a part of the journey with us on the Vision Train thus far. This past week has been a tumultuous time of many dramatic shifts. In the United States and around the world, we are seeing an awakening against racism, oppression, and police brutality like never before. The people are demanding to be heard and we are calling for justice, change, and equality.
Police brutality and systemic racism are not new problems. But never before have “We The People” been so connected across the globe. Never before has information been able to spread so quickly. And never again will we stand by and watch as our brothers and sisters are oppressed because of the color of their skin, their beliefs, their sexual orientations, genders, or ability.
It took a global pandemic to retrain the world on how we can use social media for positive human connections. And after two months of social distancing, tensions are running high among many. But there are also new opportunities to create meaningful change. People are rightfully angry. And the people now have new tools to stay connected and to spread information and love with a speed that has never before been possible.
As individuals we should be asking ourselves how we may be inadvertently contributing to systemic racism and what we can do to create change in our own behaviors and practices? How can we create changes in ourselves for the benefit of all? How can we create changes in the policies of those in power?
As artists we may be asking ourselves what can we do to help? Whether it's raising funds, actively protesting, calling elected officials, voting, or creating art with meaning -- we all have a role to play.
What visions will manifest in this time of unrest and change? Will you represent the anger and sadness the world is feeling? The grief? For us to personally and collectively heal, it's essential to recognize and acknowledge these darker emotions.
Or will you choose to honor the visions of love and light? Our representations of unity and peace are equally important in helping us to envision a future where all beings are treated with equal love and respect.
And how can we be more inclusive? In our art community? In our circles of friends and businesses? How can we speak with our art to all beings, not just those who look like us or agree with us?
Some of us have been posing these important questions for what may seem like our whole lives. While, for others we may be having new awakenings to how deep the levels of injustice go, and are searching for ways to respond. Wherever we are on this journey, we are making steps towards change and progress that will have wide ripples through our lives, our communities, and beyond.
We must stay active and fit for service. Artists have a unique role in society. There is power in visual mediums for delivering messages both subtle and overt. Art can be layered with meaning and nuance. Art can be a thing of beauty and of impact. The creation of art has unique possibilities to provide healing for both the creator and the viewer.
Those of us who first jumped on the Vision Train in response to the global pandemic, have seen the value in coming together in community, in response to a crisis. Now, it's time to adapt and shift our energies towards another global crisis. This is hard and uncomfortable work. It won’t be easy. And don’t forget about self care. We mustn’t be crippled by our empathy. We have a job to do and it's important to remain fit for service. As “Visionary Artists,” it is our duty to honor these visions and continue sharing them with others.
See you all onboard!
We look forward to seeing you during week 12 !
Thank you for joining us on this beautiful journey on the
Non-Stop Vision Train!
Where will you be traveling on your next trip?
All of the Crew, Conductors and Engineers would like to say "Thank you" for supporting the journey as we grow and expand together. Without you we would not have the coals to keep us moving on our journey.
Join the NSVTS on Facebook! This is a private Facebook Group that allows you to connect with the community surrounding the Train. Here you can stay up to date with events, share your art and talk with the Crew!
We are a growing community here at the Vision Train! The Global Art Jam is just the beginning. At VTS we offer workshops, classes, live performances and much more! Take a look around! Your Journey has just began.
Become a Conductor! It takes a crew to run a train...
Inspired to be a Conductor on the Vision Train? Here you can inspire and be inspired. Host trips, interviews, jam sessions, live demonstrations and much more! Follow the link to apply to be a Conductor!
We understand, not everyone is on Facebook. But there is no reason why you cannot join us! Whether you have a little time or a lot you are welcome to jump on the Vision Train and create with us! Below is a link to our form. Complete the form and tell us about yourself! We will be in touch with your ticket and how to log into the Non-Stop Vision Train Global Art Jam.
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This Friday: "Mushroom Magic Paint Jam"!
On Friday May 22nd, we are celebrating the 2-month anniversary of the Non-stop VT Global Art Jam with a “Mushroom Magic Paint Jam!” This is to honor the connected mycelial network of artists, spread all over the globe, working together with the same vision --> to inspire humanity through art marking.
We will be starting the day by watching the film “Fantastic Fungi”, followed by an opening ceremony with Alecia Sacred Heart, Emma Marie and Muktha, moving into collectively painting mushrooms led by Veronika Rose. We will dive deep into a panel discussion on the properties of medicinal and edible mushrooms, and finish off the day with an ecstatic dance to DJ CornFlower, which will be streamed live on Facebook, spotlighting artists creating their Mushroom themed paintings!
A Mushroom Cacao Elixir Receipe
to get you inspired...
Inspiration gathered for this Friday's Mushroom Painting. See more in our Facebook Album Mushroom Magic.
Week 9 Train Schedule
Thank you to all of the artists and conductors who have been keeping this train on its tracks! It has been running off of pure passion as it has been circling the globe non-stop, since the new moon on March 24th, 2020.
It all began with a small group of crew, committed engineers and conductors, and is now approaching a 2-month anniversary, with over 1000 members in the Facebook group!
We have been diving deep together in our paintings, discussions, watching films, listening to podcasts, music, and featuring live DJs, artists, and guest speakers!
After a decade of painting trains and building a collective of artists all over the world,Amanda Sage decided it was time for the train to leave the station with the global pandemic forcing everyone to slow down. Monty Sharma, Alecia Sacred Heart and Serenity Meg have taken on vital roles of coordination and development as a core crew of engineers with Michael Irish and Alex Polanco in support on various projects.
All powerful medicine, as we learn how to listen to and support one another, building a sustainable community based on collaboration and inspiration.
Vision Train Express
We have broadcast LIVE on Facebook as VT-TV (Vision Train Telos Vision) with 2 featured guest paint jams to share with a wider community what we are up to.
The first session featured artist Alex Sastoque, who shared his visionary process and insights from his studio in Colombia and Romio Shrestha, renowned artist from Nepal, along with musical guest Ada Pasternak.
The second session featured artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey in a discussion with Stephen Brooks and artists from the Vision Train for Earth Day.
We also streamed 2 presentations by Liba Waring Stambollion, an artist and writer from the UK who shared a presentation on the Sacred Feminine in the Abrahamic Lineage, with DJ Richard Foster; and Roman Villagrana, a founding member of Tribe 13, sharing his wisdom on the 8 steps to synchronization!
After deep reflections, downloads and multiple design sessions master designer Alex Polanco has refined the vision through working with Amanda Sage, the engineer team and conductors to create the Vision Train logo!
VAVA Workshop Series
The Vienna Academy of Visionary Art has unfortunately had to close their doors due to this pandemic, but they are now offering online workshops to raise money to continue spreading visionary art education. You can keep up to date on upcoming workshops by following the VAVA Facebook Page or instagram @academyofvisionaryart.