Creativity brings us together.
On the subject of creativity the actress Mary Lou Cook said this:
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
And Albert Einstein once famously said this:
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
At the Rec House we believe that creativity expressed in a multitude of forms including music, art, dance, drama are some of the most powerful tools that we have for reviewing our lives, changing the ways we see things and living differently.
Creativity joins us together and empowers us. Creativity heals us. Creativity helps us express ourselves. Creativity stretches us and challenges us.
Creativity makes us different. Creativity matters.
Community keeps us together.
Jean Vanier once said:
“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”
The Rec House Community is important because it allows us to interact with each other, share experiences, develop valued relationships and work together toward a common goal. Community helps us to see beyond ourselves to those around us. A true sense of community keeps us together and keeps us operating and moving as one. Community prevents us from becoming isolated and autonomous individuals, and provides companions for our respective life journeys.
Culture holds us together.
The Rec House community is built on a culture – a way of being, and a way of doing. As members of this community we recognize that our behavior is our choice, but that it affects those around us. We recognize that the community culture we set and adhere to will be what holds us together. Culture matters.
To allow creativity to flourish in the Rec House and to develop and maintain community we have therefore set a few cultural ground-rules that we ask people to adhere to.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it’s intended – a guide that enriches what we have, and helps us grow together as a creative community.
THE REC HOUSE CULTURAL GUIDE.
TO BE USED IN ALL FACE-TO-FACE & ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
WITH ONE ANOTHER, & ABOUT ONE ANOTHER.
Be considerate to one another.
Be respectful of all who use the Rec House.
Be careful in the words that you choose.
Let behaviours be welcoming not cause barriers.
Embody a culture of honouring one another.