Tuesday, 4 September, 2018
Cornelia on her foundation
My foundation Rim of Heaven supports small initiatives, that inspire creativity by working with children and teens, in Los Angeles, but also in Germany and other countries my books are published in. The Rim of Heaven has four legs, on which it stands, we like to say.
"Visual arts", as I am an illustrator.
"Storytelling", as I am a writer.
"Music", as I believe that to be the most powerful form of expression we humans came up with so far.
The fourth leg is "conservation", of wild beasts and wild places, and the attempt, to make children and teens aware how much they lose if all they know are manmade things.
As an artist I believe that without nature we don’t understand the circle of life on this planet and what inspires our creativity.
There will be monthly workshops here in Malibu, busloads of city children meeting ducks and donkeys, but also hawks and owls. We will show them what compost means, but I also want to bring them here to experience what defined my childhood - time in nature without schedules or supervision (at least not the one that tells them all the time what to do.
Additionally I plan to have young artists in residence here twice a year, who stay for a week or maybe even longer in one of my Tiny Houses, built in Nashville, to create together or to just get inspired by this place.
There won’t be applications. I don’t want competitions- this world has far too many of those - no miserable losers or triumphant winners. Sometimes my publishers may pay for a residency and ask readers to apply, but those will be the exception. I myself will only invite guests, whose work I learned about by chance and whom I think to be a good addition to this wild and wonderful place I live in. That way my visitors will come here in a casual and natural way, without fighting others for that chance. Fate will bring them, serendipity, coincidence….. whatever you want to call it.
Maybe there’ll be a German illustrator and in the other house there’ll be an Indian musician. Maybe a Mexican storyteller will meet an illustrator from Russia? Time will tell. I will just watch and see whom the tides of the world will bring to the Rim of Heaven.