Best of 2013: The Year in Creativity Best of 2013: The Year in Creativity

Best of 2013: The Year in Creativity

by Yasha Wallin

December 22, 2013

Revered performance artist Marina Abramovic (who sat for 736 hours across from anyone who wanted to sit with her at MOMA, NYC) asked the GOOD community to help her realize her dream of building a center for "Long durational" performance art. The Marina Abramovic Institute will be a meeting place for art, science, technology, spirituality, and education, "where people from all races, social backgrounds, and religions can participate in, and interact with, new long durational projects."

In May, the world was shocked and saddened when a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, where brands including Walmart had their clothes made. The tragedy raised awareness with consumers and those in the industry about the deplorable conditions in factories that produce "fast fashion." Community member Nathan Rothstein called for an end to these damaging practices. Unfortunately, six months later reparations still haven't been made to victims' families. 

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Afghanistan might seem like an unlikely place to skateboard, but not for Oliver Percovich, who founded Skateistan to teach the sport and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul. This year they brought us stories about how their students collaborated with Lakota kids in South Dakota on a skate art project, and we met Faranaz who went from being a 13 year old student at Skateistan to being a 14-year-old bride, demonstrating what many girls go through in the country. And Percovich himself talked about how Skateistan all began. As the year winds to a close, they are asking for our help to meet their fundraising goals in order to continue providing education and enrichment to students in 2014.

And finally, as we prepare to take a little time off for the holidays, many will be cooking, spending time with their families, and decorating the tree. Last year, artist Michael Neff had a hard time seeing so many discarded trees go to waste after the holidays were over, so he created the stunning installation "Suspended Forest" under the BQE in Brooklyn. Here's hoping will see something equally impressive from him this year.

And, of course, here's hoping for another equally creative 2014.

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Best of 2013: The Year in Creativity