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Roots of Belonging: Coming Home

Roots of Belonging: Coming Home

By Venta Rutkauskas Falling Home Land from a fall from grace Cradled in moss’ embrace Repose in that belonging Rise up, unclench your fist Drink in the balsam fir mist Digest the medicine, repair Kiss the bark of this Hemlock tree Where the afterbirth is buried deep Mother and child planted The hole is marked […]

Towards an Unruly Imagination – Introducing Puddle Poetry in Schools

Towards an Unruly Imagination – Introducing Puddle Poetry in Schools

By Venta Rutkauskas – An arts education pathway ready to roll out in local classrooms this fall affirms the art and craft of poetry. Puddle Poetry in the Schools was developed by poets Sonya Littlejohn, Dana I.D. Matthews, and myself, and is a Community Arts Council of Williams Lake project supported by the City of […]

The Land and My Body Are Not So Separate

The Land and My Body Are Not So Separate

By Venta Rutkauskas – Summer beckons us to explore a landscape at the peak of its fertility while around the province, arts and culture events sprout and blossom into fruitful exchanges of energy. Music festivals, art walks, markets, and more, set themselves against the backdrop of British Columbia’s inspired terrain. It’s a time to revel […]

The heART of the Matter: Celebrating 50 years for Community Arts Council

The heART of the Matter: Celebrating 50 years for Community Arts Council

By Venta Rutkauskas – Art saved my life. How about you? Each artist’s journey is akin to their fingerprint. It’s why I adore interviewing them, searching the sands of their process for clues or pearls of insight that might decode the art they make. I do this, I chase the spark of inspiration in others […]