Basic Profile

Name:

Imogene Drummond

Organizational Title:

Artist/Filmmaker/Author/Educator

Organization:

Divine Sparks Media

City:

Garrison

State/Province:

New York

Zip/Postal Code:

10524

Country:

United States

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

I want to join the conversation and contribute to the transformational process of the Earth community.

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

Divine Sparks—a 21st century myth of creativity in the universe—is an award-winning 30-minute film and companion book by American Teilhard Association member, artist, and filmmaker Imogene Drummond. The film offers a whimsical, metaphorical, “new story” for a new era of health and harmony. The Book + Film delivers an innovative program that ignites empowerment through creativity. Divine Sparks’ goals are to inspire greater awareness of and appreciation for our universe, facilitate individual creativity, augment traditional curriculum, and promote creativity as an alternative to violence. This forward thinking multimedia with a transformative perspective is designed for diverse educational, spiritual, and trade venues.

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

I’m a painter and filmmaker, an artist/educator, a futurist, the author of articles on cultural transformation, a world traveler, and a former psychotherapist. My experience, talent, and vision converge in Divine Sparks. My paintings have been exhibited and collected internationally. My short films have been selected for international, animation, and children’s film festivals. My article “Options for the Future” is the closing piece in the thought-provoking anthology The Rule of Mars (KIT, 2006), which was endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and author Jared Diamond. Choice magazine, considered the premier source for reviews of books of interest to those in higher education, gave the book a “highly recommended” rating and a highly positive review that included a personal mention of my writing. I’ve designed and facilitated adult and children’s creativity courses in New York and Greece. I’m a member of the American Teilhard Association, the National Art Educators Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Independent Filmmaker Project, the National Association of Social Workers, and the International Women’s Writing Guild. I earned an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)—one of the country’s premier art schools, and an M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America. Due to my many painting expeditions around the world, I was invited to join The Society of Woman Geographers whose membership includes women explorers of ideas as well as geography, such as Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Pearl Buck.

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

I want to connect with and learn about the Great Work others in this field are doing, as well as let others know about Divine Sparks. I’d like Divine Sparks to be seen and taught in diverse places so it contribute to the possibilities of personal and cultural transformation.

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

I bring an artist’s perspective, and an ability to think creatively and connectively, to the DTJNetwork. Like a Venn diagram, Divine Sparks finds common ground among some of the world’s major sacred texts and spiritual traditions. It connects with Genesis, references the Kabbalah, and reflects Eastern traditions that honor the sanctity of all life. Though told in a playful, child-like voice, Divine Sparks is in sync with intellectual ideas such as the value of consciousness shared by Teilhard de Chardin, Carl Jung, and Albert Einstein. Synthesizing nature’s cooperative and self-transforming process, Divine Sparks provides a metaphor for such Teilhardian concepts as cosmogenesis and the evolution of consciousness.

Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:

1992.

Originally inspired to do this work by:

Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim

Also inspired to do this work by:

Brian Swimme, Mary E Clark, Carl Sagan

Call this work:

Big History, Universe Story/New Story/Journey of the Universe, Cosmic Evolution, Montessori Cosmic Education, Evolutionaries, Other

If you call it something else, what do you call it?

Vision of Change

Organizations involved with that have a Deep Time evolutionary perspective:

American Teilhard Association

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:

Art, Education, Religion/Spirituality

Favorite Quote Having to do With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

“Our ancestors…were once atoms made in stars…. We are star stuff.” Carl Sagan

If yes, what institution?

I’m an artist/educator. I’ve taught Divine Sparks creativity program to students in two elementary schools in New York: the Garrison Union Free School in Garrison, and San Miguel Academy in Newburgh. Additionally, the film won The Legacy Award at its premiere at the MIX International Short Film Festival in Richmond, VA, in 2012. In 2013, I presented the book + film at the National Art Educators Association national convention, and to the Society of Woman Geographers in NYC. Divine Sparks is currently in three elementary schools, three public libraries, one art center, and one college (film only) in New York and Maryland.

Offer programs with a deep time evolutionary perspective:

Yes

If Yes, Programs Offered With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Teacher Training Programs, Programs in Schools and Colleges, Workshops/Seminars, Retreats, Other

Other kinds of programs:

Divine Sparks is appropriate for all the above. It can be tailored to meet the needs of diverse venues.

(Optional) Endorsements from people who have participated in your programs:

“Divine Sparks is a marvel! The film will enchant young and old. And its vibrant creativity program is already sparking the imagination of our children, who are seeking ways to connect to the wonders of our universe.” 
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Producer of the EMMY-winning Journey of the Universe film, book and educational series “Divine Sparks is an exceptional multimedia approach to science and art, tapping into the creativity and imagination of young people.  What a magical experience! It takes learning out of the confining niches of subject matter and shows us the interconnectedness of life and thought.  Any school should implement this with success.” Susan S. Leonard, Academic Dean at The Birch Wathen Lenox School, New York, NY “Divine Sparks is a highly original film with an uplifting message. It creatively weaves an ambitious story. Like the sparks themselves, the filmmaker has “erected a divine symphony” in a colorful, thought-provoking short.” Judge of The MIX International Short Film Festival, Richmond, VA

Educational Products/Services:

Yes

Published Books/Movies/Other With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Divine Sparks 30-minute film, and Divine Sparks Creativity Program

Divine Sparks’ 30-minute film weaves a celebratory 21st century myth of creativity in the universe, for viewers of all ages. It can be used for presentations, discussions, and workshops about Deep Time Perspective. Together with its companion book, Divine Sparks delivers a holistic creativity program that can be tailored for a single presentation, an intensive workshop, or a semester/year long course.

Divine Sparks uniquely connects independent cinema with interactive print media. Inspired by and linked with the film, the Guide delivers an exciting toolkit with stimulating ideas, arts activities, and exercises that help young people experience the joy of accessing their inner artist. The program sparks and nurtures individual creativity in meaningful ways that encourage personal growth. Divine Sparks’ innovative approach uses one’s own story/history/personal mythology as source material. The book is aimed at teachers, parents, and other adults working with children ages 8-12, in diverse venues. These include library, school, and after-school programs; art, community, daycare, and senior centers; retreat, spiritual, and religious settings; health and wellness settings, including hospitals for children; museums and galleries; and homes. Because the program’s goal is individual empowerment through creativity, the book can easily be adapted for younger and older audiences, even seniors.

One line bio for display on the map and on your profile:

I’m a painter and filmmaker, artist/educator, former psychotherapist, and world traveler; my experience, talent, and vision converge in Divine Sparks.

One website address for display on the map:

http://www.divinesparks.com

Your other websites:

Divine Sparks Film Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VCDr0Ej1_I
Divine Sparks Facebook, with blog: http://www.facebook.com/divinesparksbookfilm
Art Website (with info about my presentations): http://www.imogenedrummond.com