We bring creativity to many areas or lives but is especially evident in the arts.
Creativity is fuelled by imagination, which allows us to grow and stretch beyond our boundaries. Our creative selves opens us up to the wonder and awe that surround us. Studies of awe have revealed that experience wonderment can make us feel part of something larger than ourselves and focus more on our community than on ourselves. Art helps to foster empathy, the ability to understand or feel the experience of others. And there isn’t a single human culture on earth that has lived without music – including of course our indigenous cultures.
Compassion and Art Events Occurring Across Australia
Art and Empathy Tours
Engaging with art helps to foster empathy, the ability tounderstand or feel the experience of others. As part of Ballarat’s Celebrating Compassion Week, Compassionate Ballarat and the Art Gallery of Ballarat offered groups special tours on specific works in the collection capable of evoking emotion and inspiring empathy. Many of these tours were sold out and indeed were so successful that the Gallery now offers them as part of its ongoing event program.
The Concert for Compassion – this concert featured songs from Compassion, a song cycle by Nigel Westlake and Lior, and Samuel Barber’s beautiful Adagio. It also featured the Victorian premiere of Arts Academy Director and composer Rick Chew’s post-conflict oratorio Stari Most, for orchestra, soprano and baritone soloists and chorus.
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