Do you believe beauty could be a resource for creating change in communities? A source of healing for hurting souls? A way of engaging in a more productive conversation? We do.
Radical Beauty was a conference in October of 2017 of people who believe there’s a better way to engage in dialogue across all sorts of differences, who believe that art can build community and cross divides.
Radical Beauty used a cyclical model of engagement to explore how we can use art to create and cultivate beauty. Each cycle began with an artistic experience – a concert, a film viewing, a poetry reading – followed by a facilitated conversation about how that experience, and others like it, can build community. Each experience concluded with time for reflection and renewal in an innovative sacred space, led by Pete and Joyce Majendie.
Resources from Radical Beauty Staff
Carol Steele’s Welcome to Montreat Conference Center
Resources from Pete and Joyce Majendie
Poetry Bibliography – the poetry used in Sacred Space
Handmade Flax Paper – written by Pete Majendie
Useful Links: Presenters
The Porch Magazine: a slow conversation about beautiful and difficult things
The People’s Supper (topic of the Brave Space workshop)
Useful Links: Exhibitors
You may have noticed fellow conferee and photographer John Peterson taking pictures during the conference. You can view his photos here!
You can view photos taken by Montreat staff here!
Join us in October 2018 for Better Angels: Using the Power of Community to Change the World. Learn more here, or sign up for email updates below!