"Living the Questions," 18th Annual Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert & Art Auction

Boulder, Colo. (January 17, 2014): Naropa University's MA Somatic Counseling program presents the 18th Annual Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert & Art Auction, "Living the Questions." Bridging the creative process of art making and performance with the psychotherapeutic disciplines of Body Psychotherapy and Dance/Movement Therapy, the concert will take place at Naropa's Performing Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. on both Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25, and again at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 26. There is a suggested donation of $15, the proceeds of which will fund scholarships for MA Somatic Counseling students who illustrate financial need as well as excellence in academics and community-based service.

WHAT: "Living the Questions" 18th Annual Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert & Art Auction
WHEN: Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 at 8 p.m., Sunday January 26 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Naropa University's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
COST: Suggested donation of $15.

Directed by MA Somatic Counseling students Jill Leversee and Deb Silver, "Living the Questions" encourages participants to venture into an artistic process in which questions fuel the development of the creative self. This year's concert presents the culmination of seventeen individual, poignant explorations into trust, vulnerability, embodied creation, and a willingness to work with the unknown. Similar to years past, the concert's pieces include elements of dance, sound, spoken word, and visual art. While each piece maintains a uniqueness relative to its creator, they all share a common goal of artistic integrity and embodied performance. Showing up with full presence and "bodyfullness," performers seek to invite the audience into the experience of the piece rather than only entertain.

"This concert is exceptional because students are given the opportunity to connect with their inner world and convey a message about a personal process, a social process, or an experience of the human condition while simultaneously practicing the skills of a creative therapist," explains Himmat Victoria, faculty advisor for the concert. "Students are encouraged to understand and work consciously with their own material and to present it in an embodied performance."

Additionally, a visual art silent auction will be on showcase in the lobby of Naropa's Performing Arts Center. The auction also reflects the theme of "Living the Questions." Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on visual art, yoga lessons, bodywork, and more. Proceeds will benefit the MA Somatic Counseling scholarship fund.

The Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert & Art Auction is an annual student-directed event sponsored by Naropa's MA Somatic Counseling program. Originally conceived of in 1996 by Paola Faggella, a Dance/Movement Therapy student interested in exploring the interface of art making and therapeutic training, the concert brings students, family, faculty, and the Boulder community together to witness the creative and healing powers of embodied performance.

Naropa's MA Somatic Counseling program is grounded in the assumption that the body can be used to help individuals transform. The cohort program is distinguished by a curriculum emphasizing mindfulness and moving meditation, as well as diversity and community engagement, and offers students the academic, experiential, and contemplative experience necessary to begin a compassionate, clinical practice.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Himmat Victoria at  or at 303-245-4753 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.