Tag Archives: art

Q&A: Author Patty Somlo

Author Patty Somlo at Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa, CA. Photo courtesy of Patty Somlo. Where do art and literature fit in the broader picture of peace and justice? That’s a question I’ve been fascinated with since 2009, when I served as Co-Founding Editor for a small book publisher. Part of my work involved reviewing… read more

“What lies behind”–Daily Metta

December 29: “True art takes note not merely of form but also of what lies behind.” –Gandhi (The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, p. 56)   The word ‘nonviolence’ can sometimes conjure up notions of austerity and discipline (I’m thinking of a toothless and tireless Gandhi post-fasting). But that discipline is only so that we can… read more

The US Department of Arts and Culture

This show was approved by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. . . Wait, what? There is actually a USDAC?! Yes, it is a parallel institution, a form of nonviolent constructive program that we talk about so often here at the Metta Center–build the institutions you want without waiting for those at the top… read more

Nonviolence inspires art. Can art inspire nonviolence?

The Metta Center’s neighbor, Bill Denham, is an exceptional poet. He expresses himself sincerely in art, in poetry, in wood, and in concert with the Earth. When Bill read Gandhi the Man he was inspired to write these beautiful haiku, and to share them with us. (The book was a gift to Bill from Metta, and was… read more