We exist to bring smiles into the world.

 

In everything we do, we try to connect.  The arts help shape personal and global culture.  They provide clues to tackle challenges and engage in improving the state of the world, whether in a small neighborhood or on a grand scale.  We trust in the potential of experience to elicit more empathy, birth new ideas, shift our perceptions and lead to action.  We understand that the role of art is to make discomfort more comfortable.

We create art and performance and use it to assist others, whether they be homeless veterans, marginalized families or other artists struggling to do their work.

Since 1994, the Living Arts Corporation has produced 50 original theatrical performances, performed in over 500 schools, distributed 10,000 + books to rural children, supplied living and studio space to 15 visual artists, hosted 50 art exhibitions, provided grants for research and creative projects, entertained the public with 20 ft. puppets commissioned from Carnival artists in Trinidad, West Indies, and partnered with major retail chains to deliver over $700,000 of home goods to marginalized families, veterans and people in crisis.  In 2015 we conceived of the Soul Shoes Project to assist in raising awareness and engagement to stop the silence around the fact that a child dies a violent death every 5 minutes. 

In 2019 we arrived in Cambodia to listen and learn how to assist the arts and partner with existing foundations, artists, projects and NGOs.

We believe in the innate human desire to give.  100% of our proceeds go directly into our projects.

We are a small 501 (c)(3) charitable organization registered as The Mode Theatre Living Arts Corporation, DBA Living Arts Corporation.

Stories are just data with a soul – Brene Brown

Elie Wiesel once said, “People become the stories they hear and the stories they tell.”  When we tell our stories, we give our struggles a name and a face and we invite the listeners into our lives. 

To construct a story of our lives is to make meaning of it. To compose memory, emotion and internal experience, as well as autobiographical facts into a story helps us become who we are.  Anyone who hangs around children recognizes that storytelling begins early and becomes autobiographical spontaneously.  Children include details of family life without prompting.

 The power of telling your story allows you to transform the foreign into the familiar—making the unspeakable, speakable. Your narrative (and yours alone) can bring you awareness, closure and open new windows.

Dear Lady, you need the whole world as your stage.  I wish I could bring you to my country to soothe the painful wounds of our land.  You are not just a great actress, you make miracles happen inside your audience.  You scared me to death with your power and reached inside of me into places I did not know existed.  I am still shaking from the experience.  In all my travels through your great country, it is you I will never forget.  –  Alexander Chezneki, Bosnia

Brandon Watkins

If you have ever wondered what it is like to give back to the people who need it most, you should follow by the example of an expert.   Jinx Davis has mastered the art of true humanity in her works over the years and has been kind enough to include me in her work.  This site has soul, this site has feeling, this site will make you want to give back.