What does it mean to be wise? How does our personal wisdom impact our art? This virtual workshop for dancers, choreographers, musicians, painters, filmmakers, crafters,
What does it mean to be wise? How does our personal wisdom impact our art? This virtual workshop for dancers, choreographers, musicians, painters, filmmakers, crafters, writers, actors—artists of any type—guides participants through deep discussions, investigates views by prominent Eastern and Western philosophers, and provides individual artistic mentorship.
Victor Fung, author/music educator
Loren Davidson, choreographer/dancer
Daniel Smith, composer/pianist
Victor Fung is Professor of Music Education and Director of Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida. He has studied extensively in parts of Asia and was a Fulbright researcher in Japan (2018). He has given over a hundred presentations at professional conferences and offered open lectures and seminars at over thirty institutions across five continents. His books A Way of Music Education: Classic Chinese Wisdoms (2018) and Music for Life: Music Participation and Quality of Life of Senior Citizens (co-authored with Lisa Lehmberg, 2016) are published by Oxford University Press. His recent projects include Asian philosophies as applied to music education and contributions of senior citizens’ music participation to their quality of life. He is particularly interested in the wisdoms found in the Book of Changes (Yijing or I Ching), dated back to about 2900 BCE, and the philosophical schools of Confucianism and Daoism, established and solidified in the mid-3rd to mid-6th century BCE.
Loren Davidson is currently performing with Adele Myers and Dancers and Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, both based in Miami, FL. She is also a Pilates instructor and mentor at Polestar Pilates (Miami, FL) where she continues to develop creative healing rituals and movement curricula within a variety of modalities using the wisdom of each individual body and the stories it carries to create an invigorating movement experience. She has most recently taught Contemporary Dance and Cross-Training for Dancers at Florida State University and NOVA Southeastern University. She has taught for summer programs at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, and The American Dance Festival. While in NYC, Loren performed with Ellis Wood Dance from 2003–2009. Loren received her MFA from Florida State University and her BFA from New World School of the Arts.
Daniel Smith, the Director of AST, is an acclaimed pianist and composer best known for his work with leading dance institutions, including Martha Graham Dance Company and Suzanne Farrell Ballet. He is a faculty member at Florida State University where he teaches cross-disciplinary courses that merge philosophy, science, and the arts.
10:00–11:15 Eastern Philosophies of Wisdom, ft. Victor Fung
1:00–2:15 Western Philosophies of Wisdom
4:00–5:15 Artistic Sharing
7:00–8:15 Developing Our Wisdom, ft. Loren Davidson
(All times are Eastern Time Zone.)
AST provides online workshops and master classes for artists that integrate philosophy, science, and aesthetics. Each of our events explores one of six core character attributes: happiness, wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, and temperance. We investigate leading philosophical and scientific understandings of these virtues and mentor artists as they wrestle with rich, enduring questions in the pursuits of bettering themselves and expanding their capacity to make impactful art. Our workshops and master classes are held online via group video chats (NOT webinars), allowing you to see and talk with us, our guests, and other participants from anywhere in the world. If you’re involved in an arts-related field and want to engage with passionate, insightful speakers and guest artists, you’ve come to the right place!