June 4, 2016

If we named seasons the way we name pets or hurricanes, I would name the spring of 2016, Collaboration. Or The Marvelous Capacity of Humans to Create. Or maybe just Damned Lucky. Damned lucky is how I feel to have been a part of two remarkable collaborations this spring, the scale and scope of which have left me both humbled and energized.

 

The Shared Visions Project produced by Thomas Edward Morgan and the Ars Nova Singers was inspired by the idea of art begetting art begetting art. In 2015, Ars Nova invited seven Colorado artists to submit their work for consideration in the project. A collection of twenty-three images was then assembled in an online portfolio and shared with a few dozen Colorado poets, who were invited to write and submit new poems inspired by the artworks. The entire collection of art and poetry was then compiled and provided to four Colorado composers, each of whom chose a poem to set as the text for a musical composition for Ars Nova to perform at their thirtieth...

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