All posts in "Arts"

#1044 A Muslim and a Jew walk into a poetry slam and smash stereotypes

By Cathryn Wellner / June 30, 2014

A young, black Muslim youth and her Jewish counterpart, both born in 1996, reject the stereotyping and cultural blindness that slice life into neat packages. Performing at the quarter finals of the 2013 Brave New Voices festival, these two young women speak out for a world made peaceful through empathy. Hear more Brave New Voices […]


#1031 Have piano, will play…for elephants

By Cathryn Wellner / June 17, 2014

The talented contemporary and classical pianist, Paul Barton, plays most of his music for people. He has, however, been known to bring joy to a rather different audience, elephants. Since 1996 Barton has been playing for elephants in Thailand. He respects and loves the great animals, who gather around to hear his music. In the […]


#1026 ‘We gotta just keep painting, whatever painting means to us’

By Cathryn Wellner / June 12, 2014

Peggy Chun painted Hawaii. Primarily a watercolor artist, she was beloved for capturing the spirit of the islands. Animals, cottages, landscapes and whimsy were all in her colourful works. Then in 2002 she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and began a five-year decline that led to her death in 2008. Family and friends gathered […]


#1005 Have piano will travel

By Cathryn Wellner / May 11, 2014

In 2010 Dotan Negrin chucked his job, bought a piano and a truck, and went on the road with his dog. He wrote on his blog: I did it because I wanted to find meaning to my life beyond the monetary. I did it because I wanted to be challenged. I did it because I […]


#1003 The nun who rocked Italian talent scouts

By Cathryn Wellner / April 27, 2014

Sister Cristina Scuccia rocked The Voice of Italy. The judges have their backs to the singers in this talent competition. If they hear something that makes them want to turn around, they swivel their chairs. When they heard Scuccia’s voice, they wasted no time in turning around to see what angel was singing. And were […]


#1002 24 hours of happiness

By Cathryn Wellner / April 20, 2014

The Pharrell Williams song, Happy, has taken the world by storm. All around the globe people have been creating videos with their own versions of happy dancing. The song is irresistible. Even the United Nations couldn’t hold back and chose it as the theme song for its 24 hours of happiness initiative. If you have […]

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