Art at the Threshold is dedicated to the use of art, ceremony and ritual in all their forms, to mark, to express and to share significant events that shape our lives as individuals and as a society. The organization seeds, supports and offers events that explore, honor and celebrate these experience. It provides a venue for bringing together excellent teachers, performers, artists, ritualists, celebrants and speakers to the Madison community and collaborates with other arts, community and business organizations.

The threshold is a metaphor for a juncture, a marked transition in our life experience—birth, the stages of aging, the taking and relinquishing of roles, the formation and dissolution of relationships, the blossoming of a new state of consciousness or understanding, and, finally, the end of life. At the threshold we are offered a marked pause between what has been and what is to come. It is a place where we can feel “framed” in the present moment. It is a safe place where one can feel held and can rest before continuing on the journey. The threshold is a portal where we are most aware of the mystery of our lives. It offers a creative potential from which new understandings can grow, new perspectives can arise, paradigms can shift and new choices can be considered. It allows for growth, renewal and transformation as one crosses the threshold into life, a new life stage, a new role, a new relationship, a new consciousness and, finally the end of life.

Ceremony, ritual and the arts—visual, word, sound, movement, performance, healing, culinary—provide a powerful lens and a rich ground for evoking and exploring the threshold experience. These creative and intentional endeavors offer us a way to participate more fully in our lives. They nourish us and offer us a means for sharing experiences, ideas and wisdom and are a doorway for deep connections between people and communities.

Art at the Threshold is a not for profit organization and is administered by Arts Wisconsin (artswisconsin.org). Support for Art at the Threshold comes from private funding, community and business sponsors, healthcare organizations, grants and gifts from local and national organizations, event revenues and individual donations.

EfratArt at the Threshold was initiated by Efrat Livny, Madison artist and healer (opencirclehealingarts.com). Efrat's life and work are guided by a strong trust in the regenerative powers of the soul, mind and body and the ability to find balance and harmony again and again through life's challenges, losses and miracles. She finds nourishment and inspiration in wisdom traditions and aesthetic expressions of many cultures and the great gifts of nature. She is grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that "Art at the Threshold" has been receiving since its inception in late 2010.

For more information contact Efrat Livny.

elivny@sbcglobal.net

608/220-8849

Upcoming Public Events, 2014

DandelionExploring Home and Family-Directed Funerals

Saturday, Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 pm at Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI

Suggested Donation $10

6:30-7:30 Showing of the film A Family Undertaking

This film explores the growing home funeral movement and contrasts family care with conventional funeral practices. It intimately follows several families who choose to care for, honor, remember and grieve for their loved ones at home.

7:30-8:30 Presentation/discussion with Charlene Elderkin

Charlene is the author of Where the Tree Falls the Forest Rises: Stories of Death and Renewal, and also the founder of the Threshold Care Circle of Viroqua, WI (www.thresholdcarecircle.org), which educates and assists family members who wish to care for their own at the time of death.

To register and for questions:
Ken Baun, kenbaun@sbcglobal.net or
Efrat Livny, elivny@sbcglobal.net

This event is sponsored by Art at the Threshold www.artatthethreshold.org