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The Curious Scroll

A young man turns a swastika into a window on the Curious Scroll.

I want to see the beauty in admitting I’m wrong.  I want to help others do this, so we can have better conversations.

Hundreds of people painted and found their calm on the 170 foot long Curious Scroll at the 2016 Republican and Democratic political conventions. And the first 6 minute documentary, "The Curious End to the War Against Ourselves" was made.  (You can view the video on the bottom of this page.)

"If you want to live your life constantly hating then live your life constantly hating... Open up your eyes, look out and appreciate the beauty in the world.  Turn something negative into something positive.  Kill 'em with kindness"Now the scroll gets thicker and the story becomes more dynamic. We're making a new documentary!  During the November 2018 election season, I asked people throughout Santa Cruz County to make a new layer of art on the scroll while we explored the following questions:  

  • What is beautiful to you? 
  • What is ugly to you?
  • Have you ever found the beauty in something ugly?
  • How does something ugly turn into something beautiful?
  • Have you seen anything ugly on the news?  
  • How can we make it beautiful?

A farmer painted with dirt noting that dirt is considered ugly and yet that is what we are made of.

I am grateful to all the people who taught me more about how to be in my loving presence while having conversations with those I disagree with.  I can't wait to share this!A woman paints on the Curious Scroll while remembering how her community came together in the face of violence.

Next, I'm preparing to bring the Curious Scroll to Swing States before the 2020 elections.A family explores fighting and resolutions at the Santa Cruz County Building on election day. It's ugly, "when we get into fights over toys" "We can fix it by sharing."  Your Tax Deductible Donation will help us complete the Curious Scroll documentary.  This documentary will be a catalyst to make the next chapter of the Curious Scroll in places where it is most needed.An avid Trump supporter and myself disagreed and enjoyed each other's energy outside of Johnnie's Market in Boulder Creek.Thank you to all have supported this project and Arts Council Santa Cruz County for the initial grant.  

See how KSBW News covered The Curious Scroll here.

The feeling of painting, drawing, collaging helps us be in our bodies.  We can relax into a mindset of curiosity.  We can pay attention to what our bodies know, instead of what our critical voices are saying.  We can discern instead of judge, evaluate instead of fight, experiment instead of needing to be right.A human holding blue and red concentric circles as they would hold a baby.




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