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Woman of the Week Before – Katharine Carol

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Here’s a little bit about her:

Katharine Carol has over sixteen years experience as a producer and artistic director of festivals, theatre productions and corporate events. Most recently she was the Cultural Olympiad Program Manager for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Katharine’s previous projects include Winterruption, Island Vogue and Canada Day celebrations on Granville Island and she has enjoyed a lengthy affiliation with Public Dreams Society as artistic director for the signature events, Illuminares, Circus of Dreams and Parade of the Lost Souls. Katharine was associate artistic director for The Fireweavers, who performed at the Athens 2004 Olympic Summer Games.
Katharine holds a BFA from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and an MA from the Central School of Speech and Drama in the Untied Kingdom.

And here’s how she answered my 6 questions about creativity:
What does it mean to you to be creative?
Creativity is a way of seeing the world that facilitates beauty, change, adventure, art and discovery. It is what feeds me, excites me, provides me with energy and brings a smile to my face.  To create is a process of exploration which is simultaneously exciting and terrifying but always rewarding.  It is more about the way l view the world rather than about a finished product and it allows me to engage in a way that encourages a belief in endless possibilities.

What inspires your creativity?
Images, songs, outstanding artistry and walking in nature inspire me allowing me time to reflect, ponder and engage my imagination to access my creative resources, whether that is to create an artistic project or to engage my creative thinking in a more practical endeavour.

sun beam smiles
sun beam smiles

What keeps you moving forward in making things happen?
My belief that art is vital to our well being and imperative in creating a better world.  Art and creativity feed us, providing an avenue to laugh, connect and rejoice.  Art is a language that exposes the beauty, pain, struggle, and delight that is part of the human condition, it gives us a method of communication that transcends the verbal therefore creating an opportunity  to experience the world differently.

What’s the wildest journey your venturesome spirit has taken you on?
Coming to Canada from England when l was 18. I decided to leave the UK so found myself a job in Calgary. It was only when l was half way across the Atlantic that l realized l had no idea where l was going or what l was going to and a long moment of terror surfaced followed by unbelievable culture shock – the differences between 1980 London and Calgary are too numerous to list!  It was one of the scariest yet best decisions of my life!

What’s the boldest, most provocative statement you are willing to make about yourself, your business or the industry that you are in?
Artists speak for the masses, making statements and publicly challenging the status quo.  Artists can not, and should not, be silenced for they are the mirrors of society reflecting our success and failures, our celebrations and losses and our humanity – I am immensely proud to be part of this community.

What’s next for you?
My next endeavour is as the Artistic and Executive Director of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. The Festival is an integral component of Vancouver’s artistic landscape so the opportunity to lead the outstanding team in the creation of future festivals is privilege.”

And here are two things that inspire Katharine’s creativity:

…and a quote by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

I adore your energizing spirit and smile Katharine, thank you for being such a force!

Woman of the Week Before – Pamela McKeown

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Here’s a little bit about her:
Pamela McKeown was born and raised high in the Coastal Mountains in the small town of Terrace. Wildness is in her heart, tempered by the knowledge of how small humans are in the landscape of the world and how essential community is. She is a conceptual designer and creative visionary with 15 years of experience building community capacity and arts infrastructure in the lower mainland of Vancouver.  She brings a strong focus and life-time of experience to the programs and projects she works on.

With a background that includes; an establishing role with the well respected Community and Public Art Program for the City of Surrey (8years), founding and Artistic Director of the Surrey Children’s Festival (4years) creating a sustainable model for the 3 day celebration, conceptualizing and  producing the Wandering Angels Lantern Procession.

Pamela worked with Public Dreams Society in many roles and returned to the Society from 2008 – 10 as the Artistic Managing Director working to re-invigorate the company and its dedication to bringing celebration and wonderful conceptual magic to the neighbourhoods of the Lower Mainland. She has traveled to Ireland to visit her ancestors, Paris and New York to wander through museums, streets and lanes, and to Taiwan to meet artists and explore their studios.

She is now working freelance and is imagining new adventures.

And here’s how she answered my 6 questions about creativity:

<b><b><b>Tree at Spanish Banks, exposing its inner core to the elements with such sensuality and confidence.</b></b></b>

Tree at Spanish Banks, exposing its inner core to the elements with such sensuality and confidence.

What does it mean to you to be creative?
Creating anything is an adventure taken in imagination. It is an abstract way of thinking and a base for ideas that did not exist before. I believe the creative adventure is both a privilege and obligation that artist have in creating culture and in sharing ideas about the world.

Creativity perpetuates a motion that is difficult to contain. It flows into everything we do, think, see and feel.

What inspires your creativity?
Everything!

Being open – to the wonder madness and all of the potential around me. Sometimes the world is paved with rose quartz and moments open with creative possibility and endless inspiration.

I keep working on openness and possibilities.

“You cannot use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” Maya Angelou

What keeps you moving forward in making things happen?
Learning, loving, changing, creating and sharing keep me moving; also, being brave at least twice a day.

What’s the wildest journey your venturesome spirit has taken you on?
I have not done it….yet. I have always wanted to ride horse through the Spatsizi Plateau. I am a wild northern woman at heart and feel a strong need to connect with wild open spaces and the idea of the openness and challenge of the Spatsizi inspires me!
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/spatsizi/

I think the 10 wild days being chauffeured  around the Formosa the beautiful (also known as Taiwan) in a minivan with no seat belts exploring gorgeous landscapes, meeting artists and touring studios as a curator in partnership with the National Taiwan Craft Research is about the most exciting journey I have taken. A different bed every night and a fresh journey every day! I met interesting people, and saw may amazing places and was deeply inspired by the huge arts and culture industry that Taiwan supports.

What’s the boldest, most provocative statement you are willing to make about yourself, your business or the industry that you are in?
CHANGE!

What’s next for you?
Working on openness and possibility, being brave twice a day and remaining in awe.

I have been invited back to Taiwan as a curator for a second international artist exchange between Taiwan and Canada and I am working to make this happen by building a partnership and framework for the project.

I am also exploring, imagining and entertaining many other options and projects.

And here’s a book that inspires Pamela’s creativity:

The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram. An American philosopher, cultural ecologist, and performance artist, best known for his work bridging the philosophical tradition of phenomenology with environmental and ecological issues. He is the founder and creative director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE).

May your braveness lead you to many more possibilities. You Rock!