Create to Connect: A Moment In Time

7/24/2020 10:50:49 AM
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Create to Connect: A Moment In Time
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At the beginning of May 2020, 64 Million Artists launched Create to Connect, a month-long programme of daily creative challenges. Create to Connect was a response to the impact of Covid-19 – an invitation to get creative at home and with others in communities – and see what happens along the way! The month of challenges was designed to boost wellbeing and keep communities connected, curious and creative in uncertain times.

Just like their annual January Challenge, the programme in May collaborated with a diverse range of creative and community organisations, with daily challenges set by 31 different partners – including schools, libraries, workplaces, hospitals, community centres and many more organisations. Fantastic for Families was delighted to be one of them!

Our challenge on May 26th invited participants to think about A Moment in Time:

Find a way to capture your day today, as a moment in time. What are you up to? How are you feeling? You could draw the view from your window at different times throughout the day, you could write a poem about how you’re feeling today, or fill your handprint with your thoughts and actions.

 

Participants created different responses, such as capturing a moment in nature from their daily walks, or thinking back to a past moment in time.

On our challenge day, Sunderland Family Arts Network Ambassador, Amy Mitchell, led a Zoom poetry workshop, inviting participants to create a haiku about their own ‘moment in time’.

By the way, for those of you who haven’t heard of haikus, they are a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, often used to describe and evoke images of the natural world. They may sound a bit complex but they’re actually really simple! You can read more about them here.

Amy invited attendees to firstly draw around their hands, making a handprint which created a personal way of framing the poetry. Everyone was then encouraged to think about five things they’d been thinking about in their individual moments in time, before creating a haiku! Everyone then shared their haikus with the group.

The workshop gave the participants a really interesting opportunity for introspection and reflection, a moment of pause to take time out and think about what we are feeling and experiencing in the moment.

Fancy having a go at writing a haiku yourself? The Poem Generator website lets you choose a few words and helps you create one! Check it out here.

Or more interested in reading poetry online? The National Poetry Library has a brilliant online poetry collection. The BBC have some great poetry resources on their website, as do the Poetry Society.

Amy Mitchell leads the Local Family Arts Network in Sunderland and you can find out more about it here. Find them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Keep following Fantastic for Families on social media and check out our activity library and online-event listings for even more ways to get creative at home.

Stay safe and keep creative!

 

Image credits, in order of appearance:

@kathryn_welch_

Sarah from @wgc_central_lib

@netty_french, 'Mother'

 

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