Monday, April 8, 2024

Kindred Spirit Spotlight: Full Circle Company : Awesome Items Made from Recycled Cymbals!

Hello Creative Cultivators: 

Time for what I like to call a "Kindred Spirit Spotlight"  - 

Introducing: Full Circle Company  - folks making really cool jewelry and accessories from recycled cymbals, right here in the good ol' USA! 

I'll share a bit about them from their website:

Full Circle Co. started in the summer of 2018 when drummer/ co-founder, Liz Aponte,  had a thought - “What can I do with my broken cymbals?” When she would break cymbals, she "couldn’t just throw them away or return them."  With some friends, she helped to create something from her broken cymbals that was "still a form of expression." They loved "the idea of taking something that is old, broken and unwanted and turning it into something new." Says Liz, " I've worn jewelry but I've never been a flashy person, but I really liked the idea of wearing jewelry that not only looks amazing, but has a story."  

 "The name Full Circle comes from the fact that a cymbal is a circle, but also from the material we use coming full circle. Each product from Full Circle Co. has a past history that spans years - from the transformation of metal to a usable cymbal, then to the owner of that cymbal using it to further their musical passion, and now into your hands to carry on that legacy. We are excited to be able to save the lives of drum cymbals, but more importantly, we are grateful to have the opportunity to have you as a customer and offer you something beautiful and meaningful.  Rock on! \m/ Liz Aponte + the Full Circle Co. team"

So, what's not to love? If you are searching for that unique and meaningful gift for your drummer friend or family member, or someone who simply gets a kick out of cool conversation pieces that have been diverted from the landfill, you might want to take a look! Among their offerings: 

Reclaimed cymbal drum keys, dog tag bottle openers, keychains, earrings, necklaces -  but wait - there's more!  

Check out their online store HERE,  and be sure to use the code ARTS15 at checkout for a 15% discount and you will help to support the Artsboretum! 



Sunday, March 17, 2024

Pages Have Been Updated

 I'm adding information to our pages again, so check them out. 

Also, if you come across any people or entities that are aligned with our *core values, feel free to send in some suggestions! Go to our Facebook page send us a message. 



*core values: music, art, creative entrepreneurship, earth stewardship 

Friday, February 16, 2024

Wisdom Supply : Zero Waste Teacher Planner! Deadline to Order: March 1st, 2024

Did you know that most people still use analog, paper planners? When more are manufactured than sold,  many of those planners end up in the landfill. 

I have witnessed this first hand working several gigs between gigs. 

Wisdom Supply is a company based out of San Anselmo, CA (mailing address is in Sausalito,) it was founded by two women who couldn't find recyclable products when shopping for school supplies. They are making a concerted effort to educate about Zero Waste through their main product - a teacher planner! And they plan to manufacture through presale, which means - less waste! 

To go directly to order the 2024-25 Teacher Planner, go here. You will see a redirect notice when you click on it, but just go ahead and click again:

If you know a teacher, please share, as the deadline to order the 2025 teacher planner is March 1st, 2024

Thanks for reading and sharing.

To go to their e-commerce site, which they are winding down, btw, go here. (They recently placed a "reserve" button for the planner on the front page, which leads to the above link.)

Never give up. Through many small efforts, we can make this world a better place! 

 - Mari 

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Dame Judi Dench : Shakespeare's Sonnet 29

It's nice to know that some folks are still moved by the art of the sonnet. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Opportunity : Assistant Professor, School of Music, San Francisco State University

Apply as soon as possible for best consideration. 

Job no: 532698
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

San Francisco State University, School of Music offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in music beginning August 7, 2024. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include Afro/Latinx Musical Diaspora (which may include Indigenous and/or Afro/Caribbean practices). We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research and/or creative activities, teaching, and service -- to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Every Kind of Light (Sun and the Moon)

 I happened across this tune, and after some sleuthing, found out that it was written by Scott Dente. Here it is for your listening and contemplation. Vocals by Kenny Meeks.  

Good advice. 

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the people who really need to hear it could listen? 

Monday, October 9, 2023

San Rafael Downtown Arts : Fall Launch

Downtown San Rafael 

Fall Arts Launch

Friday, October 13, 2023 ~ 5 pm -9 pm

The event takes place in and around Downtown San Rafael during the 2nd Friday Art Walk and Dining Under the Lights Festivities.  It will showcase various forms of art and creative expression and feature local artists, musicians, and other activities.

Check out the entertainment schedule and map to enjoy the Art District festivities including the 2nd Friday Art Walk, Altar Walk, interactive kids activities, Dining Under the Lights Live Bands, Downtown San Rafael restaurants, and more.

Marin Society of Artists - 1515 3rd Street

  • Dreams & Nightmares art exhibit reception – Bay Area artists; The Artist Hines juror – 5pm-8m Prizes awarded at 6pm
  • Dia de Los Muertos Altar  - By Marina Palma
  • Chalk Mural Making– Led by muralist Oscar Morales and Voces del Canal.
    A community family-friendly outdoor participatory art activity  with food & drink available 4pm –dusk
  • ELM youth performing musicians  5pm – 6pm
  • Live music by Pablo Malpica  6-8pm

2nd Friday Art Walk, presented by Art Works Downtown

  • Blacktop Gallery:A pop-up exhibit in the middle of Fourth street featuring a diverse collection of artists including but not limited to: Nate CastilloIsidoro FiladelfoTubi Ho, Anne Shaheen
  • Hands On Assemblage:a fun sculpture-making activity for all ages
  • Music/Performance by Danzante – Aztec Dancers
  • AWD Arts Tablewith staffing/supplies for table presence on Fourth Street, San Rafael

     Hands-on Art         Making

        ● Mobile Art Lab
        ● `Til Dawn &                 Teaching Artist                 Performances

Dining Under the Lights - Presented by the BID

  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest
  • Art Car
  • Jumpies
  • Live Bands
  • Outdoor Dining

Mill Valley Film Festival - presented by CA Film

View Screening for Friday October 13th HERE

  • Present your MVFF ticket stub and get discounts in THESE  San Rafael Businesses