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Letter from Nathaniel

Dear Friends and Colleagues,                                                                                                    January 16, 2019

            During 2019 I will be travelling more widely, offering workshops, presentations and seminars on a variety of themes related to anthroposophy, action research and contemplative approaches to knowledge. A central intention for the year is to spread the word about important opportunities and events to members of the rising generation. In August of this year there will be an international youth conference and a waldorf alumni/ae festival, both in Halifax; there is a new college-level pilot program in Wisconsin, and there are many other opportunities growing out of anthroposophy.
            I’m interested in visiting other communities, towns and cities and can bring a variety of offerings to work with your questions and interests. Visits can consist of an evening presentation, a daylong seminar, or a weeklong intensive creative workshop or project. There are many possibilities for how we can work together. Here are some samples themes and projects I could work with:
-      Rudolf Steiner’s Social Vision and the Three Fold Social Order
-      Monetary Design and Free Columbia’s 2019 Social Theory and Action Program
-      Subtle Dimensions of Visual Experience: Anthroposophy and Contemplative Approaches to Visual Art
-      Gesture, Language and the Creative Roots of Puppetry
-      Anthroposophy and Contemplative Approaches to Theater and Puppetry
-      Shoemaking Classes: hands on workshop in building handmade, stitch down shoes from scratch
Jen Zimberg is helping to coordinate the tour and organize these visits and we’re working to structure the registration and financing so that the costs are covered while the events are financially accessible to the community. If you are interested in hosting a stop in 2019, you can reach out to us at:
Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you.
Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams studied visual art and anthroposophy at the newARTschool in Switzerland, where he also worked in puppet-theater. He is a founding member of Think OutWord, a co-founder of Free Columbia, an adjunct professor at the University at Albany and a 2019 Fellow of the Good Work Institute. He is also a student of social theory and action research. He lives and works as an independent artist and teacher in Philmont, New York. 

Nathaniel is currently orchestrating the 2020 launch of a new trans-disciplinary program at Free Columbia rooted in contemplative inquiry, aesthetic education and action research. To learn more about Free Columbia and the people and spirit of the program visit

Thursday Mornings Painting at Free Columbia

For those of you who would like to paint on a weekly basis we are offering a 9:30-12 studio time with instruction by Laura Summer if you want it. Most materials provided.
A $0-35 contribution is suggested, this means you can choose an amount in that range that fits your budget.

Please contact Laura Summer if you want to come. (518)-672 7302

New Forms
Low Residency Painting

The low residency course in the Elements of Painting got off to a good start in November. Our next session is coming up in February. Eleven people are participating this year.
Creation of Sun and Moon now at Holder House

Enliven the Walls
Institutions that need paintings to enliven their spaces are encouraged to participate in the Enliven The Walls program. A member of the institution (medical office, beauty shop, hotel etc.) meets with Laura Summer to assess the situation. If Free Columbia can meet the need, paintings are hung where needed. The relationship is an ongoing one so that if a painting needs to be changed the institution can contact Laura and she will work with the change. Institutions are encouraged to put a line item in their monthly budgets for painting support. Currently Free Columbia has paintings at Marlboro College Graduate School Residence in Marlboro, VT, Holder House Residence in Spring Valley, NY and in the medical practice of Jennifer Baer NP in Hudson, NY.
Zoltan Dobrantei and his wife Maria installing the painting at Community Hospice in Catskill, NY

Site specific “commissions”
An institution can be offered a site specific painting from an artist who is willing to participate, this might be a faculty member at Free Columbia or someone participating in an ART/capitol residency.
There is a discussion between the artist and members of the institution about what is needed and then the artist is left free to create. The institution can make a contribution to Free Columbia. In November 2018 Zoltan Dobrantei, a painter from Budapest, Hungary created site specific work for the Community Hospice in Catskill NY, the Rudolf Steiner Library in Hudson NY and the new High Falls theater in Philmont, NY as part of the ART/capitol Residency ( A Free Columbia/Lightforms Collaboration).
If you are interested in any of these new forms contact Laura Summer 518 672 7302
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