Welcoming all Dreamers . . .
ZO is building a community of artistic collaborators. Our mission is to encourage respect for all people and promote peace through the arts. We believe that everyone has a masterpiece inside. Check out info on our Sponsor|Curators page to connect with our growing global arts community and help us discover and expose art from your favorite city.
“Super Fun” – Ronald Jenkees
Musical Musings Une
Musical Musing Part Deux
Musical Musing Trois
Video ZOne Feature
The Audible Roots of DOMINIQUE FILS-AIMÉ
We are highlighting ZO Community videos here on the Welcome page and will also update tours, schedules, and stories on our new Instagram page @zoartsglobal. We are gradually reaching out to all of the Artists we’ve featured, but if we haven’t gotten to you yet, please connect with us there and keep us updated on what you’re up to.
ZO has creative connections in over 170 countries and has highlighted, interviewed, or featured over 2000 multidisciplinary artists since the inception of our website. In order to better organize our international connections, we are launching a global companion site. The websites are interconnected for ease of navigation. Check out zoartsglobal.com – which is still transitioning and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can’t find something you formerly read or contributed to.
Let Your Art
— COMMUNITY —
It’s the Way
That You Think
Check out FULL CIRCLE HAIKU CONTEST WINNERS!
AT LINK ABOVE
“We would like to thank everyone who participated. One of my criteria for judging was to see how each poet interpreted the theme Full Circle, and how fresh and exciting their perspective was. All the winning haiku and senryu do just that, and I heartily congratulate the authors for their thought-provoking and insightful pieces.” — Shloka Shankar
The Creative FUSION between all of the arts, artists, cultures, styles, and people of this world tremendously excites us! You’ll find music on all of our pages, and we generally lean toward contemplative instrumentals for the main ZO pages. Check out the eclectic mix of indie jams, coffee-house, and everything from steam-metal to nouveau-bluegrass, throughout our interviews, on all of the Sponsor|Curator pages, and on our New SPOTIFY Playlists.
Our simple mission
Peace Through The Arts and World Respect
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UNIVERSAL ARTS CONSORTIUM
WHEN YOU DO CONNECT
PLEASE LEAVE INFO ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE DISCIPLINE OR PASSION . . .
There is a new energy everywhere, and ZO’s aim is to join with the already vibrant international creative community and allow the naturally-occurring transformation found in abstract connections to organically grow. Over the years, we have connected with a highly diverse range of multidisciplinary artists and it is the synergy of that distinctive abstractness that seems to be fueling and directing our path. Planning new and experimental collaborative projects among artists is our life blood and we’re honored to keep providing a space that has no pre-defined “walls.”
Creative brainstorming is our team’s current prime directive and we are excited about taking a few new directions.
Our current creative expo includes video for the first time. The Touch of Blue theme is meant to engage all who enter to find the silver linings in uncertainties surrounding the worldwide pandemic. The Expo is to support artists by awarding those who stand out with cash and cool swag. Perhaps this time will give us all (and the Earth) a fresh start with new ideas for a better world.
Also underway, is the Time ZOne Spoken World Event that we’ve been talking about for years! Working from UTC Time ZOnes, we’ve put together a very unique presentation that will take place globally and feature the hundreds of artists, musicians, spoken word poets, and other creative disciplines we’ve shared. Info is developing at Time ZOne.
““What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap.” – Marcel Duchamp
Cloud Z is constantly updating as we experiment; and we are inspired by the many artists that have allowed us to feature and pair their work with music, film, poetry and other media.
• Cassandra Tondro
• Duane Kirby Jensen
• Emily Scott
• Fantommst | Lisa Ridings
• Frédéric Belaubre
• Gerald Ivey
• Jaeda Dewalt
• John W. Davis IV
• John Wilhelm
• Jonathan Scott Paulson
• Lizzie Sharp
• Marion Costentin
• Olusegun Adejumo
• Paul Louise-Julie
• Richard J. Frost
• Sasza Baristow
• Sława Kładoczna-Gryta
• Theresa Durant
• Thierry Baptiste | Lenny White
• Tiffanie Mang
• Vinn Wong
“The planet does not need more ‘successful people.’ The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture is set.” ~ H.H.The Dalai Lama
Collectively, we are not affiliated with any political, religious, racial, cultural or social movement. Define us as creative thinkers . . . artists . . . We are ZO | Zone Other | Zone Obscura | Zone Organic
Creative Expos are one of the prime ways ZO connects with world talents. All of our Expos are open to everyone from anywhere in the world. Submissions to Expos are online only. We are always blown away by the talent that comes in and post the winners and usually the top third around the website. We’ve orchestrated Expos for teens from 13 to 19 for the past several years. Their artistry is absolutely incredible.
Each year, we change up a bit to keep the creative juices flowing with everyone. The current “Touch of Blue Expo” includes Video, in addition to Art, and Photography. This is a global Expo welcoming entries from anywhere in the world, from anyone over the age of 13 years old. Check out the Expo page for details.
The following thoughts from Mutha-Wit Wisdom came to us initially from a post she shared 1n 2012 and we saved it in our enormous jeweled box of ideas to pursue — and found it again in — 2018. We sent a note to her asking if we could publish it and she responded “go right ahead . . .” That is how our Zone Other | Different kind of Universe works. It is timeless. As you will discover if you go through enough of our pages, we are all sharing concepts, seeking peace and exploring human existence on an artistic level along with many others we’ve been blessed to connect with on that path of exploration . . . we’re so glad you found us!
TIME IS AN ILLUSION
COURAGEOUS DREAMING — MUTHA-WIT WISDOM
Courageous dreaming allows you to create from the source, the quantum soup of the universe where everything exists in a latent or potential state. Physicists understand that in the quantum world of the universe’s smallest, elemental parts, nothing is “real” until it is observed. But quantum events do not occur in the laboratory only. They also happen inside our brain, on this page, and everywhere around us. When you observe any part of this dream, the great matrix of energy, you can change reality and alter the entire dream.
Modern physics is describing what the ancient wisdomkeepers of the Americas have long known. These shamans, known as the Earthkeepers, say that we are dreaming the world into being through the very act of witnessing it. Scientists believe that we are only able to do this in the very small, subatomic world. Shamans understand that we also dream the larger world that we experience with our senses. Like the Aborigines, the Earthkeepers live in a world where the dreamtime has not been pushed into the domain of sleep like it has for us. They know that all of creation arises from, and returns to, this dreamtime.
The dreamtime, the creative matrix, does not exist in a place outside of us. Rather, it infuses all matter and energy, connecting every creature, every rock, every star, and every ray of light or bit of cosmic dust. The power to dream is the power to participate in creation itself. For the Earthkeepers, dreaming reality is not only an ability, but a duty, one we must perform with grace and love so that our grandchildren will inherit a world where they can live in peace and abundance.
Our multi-platform media project has a unique relation to Mutha-Wit’s writing above on a very direct and metaphysical level in the ongoing film we’ve been developing “The O.D.D. Room” — O.D.D. stands for Other Dimensional Discussion. We believe that a part of all we are doing with the magazine and with the film is changing the world that we and you live in. All of us are constantly changing life by our choices . . . and our hope is that we all will direct those choices to a positive trajectory.
“ZONE OTHER” | OTHER DIMENSIONAL DISCUSSION FORUM and ART MOVEMENT
We are HONORED by the generous souls that contribute to this publication, allowing us to share their talents, brilliance and creative gifts — and THANKFUL for what truly does work in the world — allowing us this digital forum to reach out. Certainly, there are many problems everywhere; but we appreciate the corporate geniuses, innovators and all men and women that have put together incredible organizations that both benefit and further our societies. Although ZO is very aware of the nature of business — we do not want to build primarily for profit — and our purpose is not solely to make money or achieve fame and notoriety. We are primarily peacemakers and our mission is to bring diverse people together through art and, hopefully, promote more of that.
There’s a NEW WORLD COMING through the Creative Arts.
If you’ve come to this page — you are part of making it happen!