A Place in Your Heart Presents: A Michael Jackson Art Museum

Sources: Examiner – By Rev. Catherine Gross | All Things Michael


Calling all Michael Jackson Artists! There is now a museum to display some of the awesome work that you do. Right now there is a great need for artists to donate some their works. Works will be displayed to people all over the world, for Michael’s birthday in August. For those who will kindly donate, please know this is a tribute of love. Contact Dr. Catherine Gross atrevdrcmg@gmail.com. Lets “make that change!” The power that art wields is incredible. Its almost like a ministry. Art speaks to people. It changes things. When you share it, you are sharing a little bit of your soul with others. Michael said is it with the ultimate elegance;

You give of your talent, of your ability… the talent that was given you by the Heavens. That’s why we’re here, to bring a sense of escapism in time of need. And, uh, if you’re a painter you paint; if you’re a sculptor, you sculpt; if you’re a writer, you write; if you’re a songwriter, you give songs; if you’re a dancer, you give dance. You give people some love and some… some bliss and some escapism, and to show that you truly care from the heart, and be there for them. Not just from a distance, but show you really care. You know, take the long mile and be there for them. And that’s what I did, and many others who cared and helped. And it’s an important thing.” Michael Jackson

Indeed, the vision of A Michael Jackson Art Museum with works that are done solely by Michael Jackson fans, has finally come to be. The museum is in Gary Indiana, on Millers Beach in the Morning Bishop Theater House. An art museum with works that are done solely by Michael Jackson fans should immediately initiate philosophical considerations of how Gary, Indiana has made a powerful impression on the entire world… as well it should for a multitude of reasons.

Often our early childhood experiences affect the way we feel about things all the way into adulthood. Childhood Development completed two studies on this topic.

The first study, published in Child Development, found that the type of emotional support that a child receives during the first three and a half years has an effect on education, social life and romantic relationships even 20 or 30 years later.”

The second study, also published in Child Development, found that children’s early experiences help predict whether or not they end up developing social anxiety disorder as teenagers — but only for those who were especially sensitive and distrustful as babies.”

According to Jay Belsky ( who was not involved in either study)We know that our early experiences likely affect all of us to a certain extent, Belsky says. And we know that due to variations in psychological makeup, some people are more sensitive to environmental factors than others.”

Michael Jackson’s early childhood experiences began in Gary, Indiana. Through his art he shared that experience with the entire world. That means that many of the social aspects of Gary became global . Because of art, we can now say that we are all Gary, Indiana. Art can actually be extremely healing, for those reasons alone , an art museum in Gary is awesome. The world can now give back to Gary, some of the bliss it has been receiving for so many years. That’s what a Michael Jackson Art Museum will do!

Art is an electrifying force for social change. It cultivates our attitudes, opinions and beliefs, and is a powerful source of enlightenment. The efficaciousness of art is made evident in its ability to provoke reflection,activate compassion, create conversations and spark the imagination. Art can offer virtuous paths for healing relationships . Through a compelling and dynamic form of self expression it can constitute inner might,and promote faith in an incomparable way of living and learning. Art is the promise of all that is new. The persuasive energy of art surrounds us, in almost every facet of our lives.

In an excerpt from The Creative Community Builders Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts and Culture . The author, Tom Burrops writes;

“Fieldstone Alliance(2007), makes a compelling case that cultural projects are not simply a luxury but play a fundamental role in reviving the fortunes and boosting the prospects of poor, minority and other disadvantaged communities

‘Civic institutions, like museums, public galleries, community art organizations, performing art institutions, arts councils and public arts organizations have a rare opportunity to lead significant change by engaging specific groups to help devise and carry out creative community-building neighborhood programs.”

Can you believe it? We can finally ” make that change”. The Michael Jackson art museum will create a unified, global experience for the community through originality, imagination and inspiration. It can encourage development and healing, because art is therapeutic. It will allow participants to realize and connect to their own authentic artistic instinct, cause self- examination, and promote appreciation for their own creative power. The art museum will not simply be inspirational, it can generate optimism and transformative community building in a safe and curative environment. It is perhaps hasty to say that we will ‘Heal the World’ as Michael Jackson desired. Nevertheless, Gary and its splendid suburbs, is an excellent place to start. Michael would love it.

What one wishes is to be touched by truth and to be able to interpret that truth so that one may use what one is feeling and experiencing, be it despair or joy, in a way that will add meaning to one’s life and will hopefully touch others as well. This is art in its highest form. Those moments of enlightenment are what I continue to live for.” Michael Jackson

Included is a certificated continuing education course in music appreciation. The text will be Man in the Music by Dr. Joe Vogel, an incomparable fan of Michael Jackson. “Joseph Vogel is a cultural critic, scholar, and author of the Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, The Huffington Post, Pop Matters, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and a multitude of other publications. He holds a PhD from the University of Rochester.”


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