Category Archives: Artistic and Creative

Children’s Holiday Magic Brings Joy to Sick Kids

According to LGBT Weekly, the project Jeff Gelder created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program to bring joy to sick kids has entered its 11th successful year, delivering more than 7,000 holiday CDs to children’s hospitals. This year’s CD is an original holiday tale with songs and stories from recognized music and voice talents.

In addition to the CD, there are variety of activities also part of this year’s project, including a CD distribution event at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where there will be live holiday singing and CDs will be delivered directly to patient’s rooms. Read more about this year’s festivities and Gelder’s non-profit in LGBT Weekly and watch the video.

Reading Carnival in Bryan

LSD - reading carnivalA ‘reading carnival’ and literacy day came to Bryan, Texas on November 10th, as a result of a project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The event, which took place from 2-6pm in Sue Haswell Park, featured literacy-centered games and activities for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade, in carnival style tents.

A ‘storytelling tent’ featured a story from a professional storyteller, while ‘story circle tents’ featured books read aloud, with different books in different tents catering to different age groups. Another tent featured instruction in creating poetry and fiction, and general presentations featured story and poetry readings and recruitment of literacy volunteers. Read more at B/CS Reading Carnival.

Mariachi Band, Seniors Connect on Cinco de Mayo

One Illinois retirement community had an usually festive of celebration of Cinco de Mayo this year. Jana Fuelberth connected different cultures and generations with the project she created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, bringing a Mariachi band, Glenbrook North High School’s Spanish National Honor Society and a variety of Mexican food to the Covenant Village of Northbrook.

Residents wanted to learn Spanish, and began a class in February. Creating the event capitalized on her own desire for getting out and having fun and the residents’ interest in Spanish and Mexican culture. Before the band played, students from the honor society explained the history of Cinco de Mayo in both English and Spanish.

Read more about the event at the Chicago Tribune’s Northbrook local site.

Annual Tattoo-a-thon Battles Childhood Cancer

The second annual Tattoo-a-tho,n created by Jordan Gray in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program in Cape Town, with the goal of helping kids battle cancer, took place on March 29. Twelve tattoo studios around South Africa participated in the event, which raised about $8,000 in 2012.

This year’s event was expected to raise even more money, with each studio donating a portion of the proceeds to the Childhood Cancer Foundation SA. This year, the event became truly national, as studios from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban joined those in Cape Town to raise money for the foundation.


Film Celebrates Lewes Seniors

One man has been at work creating a film celebrating the lives of seniors in the town of Lewes, according to a blog about local projects created in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme. Steve Lovell shares why he undertook the project:

“I want to build an archive of lives experienced in Lewes that could be built on in future years. There are some amazing stories out there that may otherwise be lost to time.”

St Albans Calling

One woman created soundtrack from unsigned artists in the city of st albans as her project in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme. The project began with people share their original songs inspired by living and working in St Albans, and has turned into an CD which is about to be released. See st albans calling on Facebook.