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Finding Your Compassionate Voice
April 15 @ 6:30pm
‘Finding Your Compassionate Voice’ storytelling event and panel discussion set for April 15
From MSU News Service
BOZEMAN — A storytelling event and panel discussion, “Finding Your Compassionate Voice,” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 15 at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture’s Crawford Theater.
Free and open to the public, the event is part of The Compassion Project, an arts-based educational outreach program managed by Montana State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Development that is designed to bring the Gallatin County community together through education inside and outside schools around compassion.
During the event, local storytellers will share their struggles with compassion, followed by a panel discussion on compassion’s limitations and challenges. Questions to be explored include: What are compassion’s limitations? Who is compassion for, and who is expected to give it? Is it possible to be compassionate to everyone?
Panelists include John Pavlovitz, pastor, activist and author of “Hope and Other Superpowers;” Kayte Kaminski, executive director of The Compassion Project; and Aja Desmond, program director, HAVEN. Panel moderator is Tia Goebel, assistant director of The Compassion Project. The event will also feature musical performances by Permafunk and the Montana Women’s Chorus and a sneak peak of The Compassion Project’s art installation.
Kaminski, assistant dean of MSU’s College of Education, Health and Human Development, said research shows that compassion can help to see other points of view, cultivate empathy and foster increased feelings of connectedness. However, she said, compassion can also be difficult to achieve in daily life. Organizers hope the event will spark deeper conversations around compassion, including what it means, how to recognize it, the realities of it as a practice and why it is important.
The event will open with a cash-bar cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. in the Emerson Ballroom. Attendees will be able to preview The Compassion Project’s partner artist pieces that will be auctioned at the first Bozeman Art Walk in June. Doors to the Crawford Theater will open at 6:10 p.m.
Over the last two years, volunteers from The Compassion Project visited each school in Bozeman as well as schools in Livingston and Belgrade to train teachers on the project’s curriculum. Teachers then led workshops on compassion in their schools. As part of the workshops, schoolchildren received wooden blocks on which they created their artistic representations of compassion. More than 6,000 of those blocks will be part of an art installation opening April 16 at five locations around Bozeman. The majority of the artworks will be displayed at the Emerson Center with other installations at Sola Cafe, Red Tractor Pizza, Fork and Spoon Homestyle Kitchen and the Bozeman Public Library.