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The Blue Bead is a 501c3 whose mission is to use art, storytelling, music and more to teach, to heal and to bless. For more than a decade our community has been using its creative talents to make a positive difference in this world. We believe that great change is possible and it is the dreamers, the artists and the storytellers who are the ones to make that happen.
In 2006, Kate and Ted first collaborated on the creation of an eight foot wide ‘weaving loom’ to benefit ‘The Red Thread Project’ and ‘Gilda’s House’ both national movements that brought about awareness for cancer patients and survivors. At that time we realized awareness was brought about more easily if ‘art’ could capture the imagination.
Weaving the world’s largest knitted cap was a way to unite those who wore one as allies to those who were losing their hair from chemotherapy. That one project drew attention, caused controversy, conversations and delight. It also attracted media attention, and brought together people who helped to weave the hat on that giant loom to tell their individual stories. The blessing was found not just in funds raised but it included what was being taught in human scale and the blessings went beyond that one cause. So many hats were made by people that it went on to bless the homeless, preemies in the ICU and raised money for the two causes that had united under this one giant knitted cap. In that year, that project and others like it caused the Michigan Retailers Association to give Kate the ‘Michigan Small Business Retailer of the Year Award’. The first of many accolades that convinced us that art was what we wanted to do and be. (see more)
Currently we are working to create Community and expand our methods of Teaching, Healing and Blessing through our Patreon.
There, we will be sharing behind the scenes content, hidden histories, stories, videos and more that you can't find anywhere else. We will be starting off in this new platform with our own style of advent calendar for the holidays with special posts to open each day through Yule.
This time of year is both busy and reflective. We hope that you are taking the time you need to rest and prepare for your next adventure. We will be preparing for our next in person event in February.
In February, they will return to ConVocation, one of the largest Spiritual Conventions in the country as Featured Presenters and will be teaching and storytelling culminating in the main performance, a ritual that tells the story of how Isis, the Egyptian Goddess became ‘Our Lady of Notre Dame’ in atelling that follows two thousand years of dramatic stories that culminates in the burning of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, how it was prophesied and what it means to humanity.
Closer to home, Ted and Kate are also beginning to collect and to republish these stories, as well as many of their online offerings. In addition, much of what they do has so much background material, details, fascinating backstories and connections that they are compiling it all to create a community for people who want to know more, heal more and bless more. This will be available on the Patreon Platform. All this, while we grow the organization in the most transparent, ethical, moral and artistically free model of a non-profit we can imagine. We hope you will join us.