** Friday July 22nd we lock on the myth framework for this project - see sample **
Community Mythology Project (CMP) is about us taking control of the stories that influence our behavior. Too often we are consumers of the stories of others -- Hollywood, cultural legacy myths, the media, ideology and political myths. We let ourselves be programmed with attitudes and behavior that fuel a lifestyle, economy, aesthetic sensitivity and spirituality that may not be optimal. We also opt out of participating in a fundamental human right -- the privilege of being creative, active, hands on in consciously shaping our future according to our values. With a CMP this is done as a group with everyone contributing. As we exercise our creativity, we recognize the rights of others to create. We learn to appreciate art, literature, poetry, performances and in the process learn about each other through our varied responses to a common myth framework.
This project runs through the summer of 2011 and culminates in a showcase exhibition around town during Thanksgiving break. Instead of Black Friday we celebrate Bright Friday consuming locally produced artifacts. This is the timeline:
As you can see, this is a 'fan and funnel' process. A Request for Frameworks goes out and many submissions are received. Through group vetting process, these are synthesized into the group's myth framework. That artistic artifact then essentially becomes an objective subject matter -- the conceptual framework for all the creativity that follows.
In the words of CMP participant Roger Haller:
For general information on the movement, visit http://mythaware.org.