When I met Frankie Lee Slater at one of her gatherings, a little over
five years ago, I was introduced to her concept of The Art of Living and
being an Artist of Life. One of the key components of The Art of Living
is the alliance of "artists" of life into a body called The Art of
Living Coalition. As originally conceived, the Coalition was to pool
the vast resources of the individuals and organizations within its ranks
for a common purpose and to serve as a catalyst for positive change,
globally as well as personally.
The Art of Living Coalition has served as a vital network of individuals
and organizations to catalyze projects, spark creativity and serve as a
source of shared resources, access and support. The environment of the
Coalition is such that its members can join forces when it is
appropriate or go their own way if it suits their purpose.
Over the ensuing months, I developed a cultural documentary project on
the people of South Asia and made use of the Coalition's talented pool
of individuals. It was through my association with the Coalition that
brought to my project its director of photography Rob Kinslow and our
host/traveler Anne Hutchinson. Another resource of the Coalition, was
the project's fiscal sponsor, Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
(SEE). This allowed us to receive non-profit status and enabled us to
offer our contributors a valuable tax benefit.
This is just one simple example of the many benefits an association with
The Art of Living Coalition can bring. Besides the available resources,
there are many projects within the Coalition with which one can get
involved. The spirit of the Coalition is about making a contribution,
becoming a vital part of its living framework.
I would like to conclude by making an unsolicited plea for the future of
The Art of Living Coalition. Today the Coalition exists because of the
tireless administrative efforts of one individual - Frankie Lee.
Because of its loose structure, it is very easy for one to take for
granted (and I include myself in this group) all of the calling,
e-mailing, creating co-creative events, building the website, evolving
the models and organizing it takes to make the Coalition work. I think
it would be a good time for the members of the Coalition to come up with
some solutions for shouldering the load.