Art and Courage is an artist's call to action. It challenges readers to trust in their creative dreams even in the face of adversity, and reveals how real artists, dancers, musicians, writers, and others successfully faced their fears and found their true calling. In this emotionally charged book you'll discover many illuminating stories including one woman's courageous actions to preserve the freedom of expression in the midst of crushing censorship and war. Read the transformational story of how a songwriter bravely responded to the diagnosis of his son's autism. Meet the dancer who, despite living with cancer, took her art form to a remarkable new level. Find out how a man bound to a wheelchair overcame his restrictions to be a messenger of hope through his paintings. As the world economy shifts, many creative individuals are looking for inspiration and hope for their creative spirit. Art and Courage is the answer.
John Paul Thornton's art has taken him all over the world. From Tibetan refugee settlements in Nepal to the historic steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, he has staged exhibitions and launched creative projects designed to reflect the vitality and strength of the human spirit. His lectures and workshops have inspired thousands to expand their artistic potential and realize their authentic power. He earned his degree from California State University at Northridge. With over twenty-five years of teaching experience, he currently serves as education coordinator for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.