• Theresa Kosen

Season of Hope Heals Through Artistic Expression

There are hundreds of examples of how San Diego’s diverse and interconnected arts and culture community inspires, educates, and entertains visitors and San Diegans all year round. There is more happening in your community than you know. Finding these stories of collaboration and sharing them is like being on a never-ending treasure hunt.

This past holiday season I discovered two great examples of collaborations that bound organizations with messages and efforts to heal through art.

The first was ALL IS CALM: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein, a collaboration between Bohdi Tree Concerts, San Diego Opera, and SACRA/PROFANA to benefit The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park.

Over Christmas Eve and Day on the Western Front thousands of men simply put down their guns and left the trenches to meet their enemies in “No Man’s Land”. They sang songs. played a game of soccer and buried each other’s dead. Upon orders from above, they reluctantly returned to their trenches and resumed a war that would last four more years. Composed for acapella male voices, ALL IS CALM is an annual musical production by Bohdi Tree Concerts which this year was held in November at and benefiting The Veteran’s Museum at Balboa Park. What an appropriate venue for such an amazing true story of peace and camaraderie that only the holidays can bring.

The second story of collaboration was Young Artists in Harmony presented by Art of Élan in partnership with A Reason to Survive (ARTS). The fall 2019 residency began on September 21 with weekly workshops for students from A Reason to Survive to be mentored by Art of Élan musicians through unique apprenticeships. The residency culminated with two multidisciplinary and collaborative concerts that showcased original compositions the students create. over the 10-week program, performed by Art of Élan musicians. The first concert was hosted on November 10 at the San Diego Art Institute and the second was on December 21 at A Reason to Survive.

Both of these stories of collaboration offer healing through artistic expression and enjoyment, and really isn’t that what the SEASON OF HOPE IS ALL ABOUT?

This is our cultural ecosystem in action … organizations of various sizes and budgets, supporting each other, sharing resources, nurturing talent and increasing access and economic impact in San Diego.

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