"People will only go with us to a place they have first been to in their minds."
- Gopal Dayeneni, organizer with Movement Generation’s Justice and Ecology Project.
Think back to your earliest memory of when you witnessed something beautiful in nature. What did you feel? Did anyone share this experience with you or was it yours alone?
Now think back to the first time you encountered a work of art that revealed something to you in a way you’d never before experienced. Were you alone or with others? Was it a masterpiece in a museum that you had studied, an anonymous artwork or something a friend had made?
In both of these encounters – with nature and with art – did you need to know what you were seeing before you could appreciate how it moved you? Or was it something that you instinctively felt?
The power of encountering a work of art, an experience in nature – how do these experiences change us? Do they change us? Can these encounters inspire us to take actions in the world that we might not otherwise take?