Laura Powersis creating visual, circus, and pedagogic arts
About Laura Powers
Beauty drips off the canvas and runs off the stage. It permeates the air beyond the concert hall, fragrancing the way we live our lives. This is why all the arts, through beauty, can enrich our daily existence. The arts have value. Beauty has value. More beautiful still, and perhaps the highest form of art, is the art of living. Finding beauty in the ordinary, even in our routines and habits, makes life more worthwhile. This is why a great quest of our times has been the application of art. Now utilized in therapy, service, social change, and many other fields, the arts are being recognized anew as inherently valuable. Underlying this is the power of creativity, beauty, and recognition of human commonality. In his Letter to Artists, St John Paul II wrote, “All men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.” Creativity is universal, and we are able to create art in our daily schedules, our common words, and by our very lives.
It is for these reasons that I have felt inspired to share what I love to do. With a background in dance from early childhood, many years spent figure skating, and an affinity for language, I was fortunate to grow up steeped in the arts and humanities. My mom saw how these experiences complimented my occupational and speech therapy. In highschool, I began painting and training aerial silks, which remain current passions. I also became involved in my school’s chapter of David Copperfield’s Project Magic, an organization which offers the art of illusion as service to individuals of various needs. Through my personal artistic work, I hope to share something beautiful, inquisitive, and human. Through my work coaching, I hope to make available the inherent benefits of creativity and physical activity, especially to those with disability, as a compliment to traditional therapy. The arts have a great capacity to pull the often alienated or misunderstood out of the margins. Beauty breaks down barriers.