CCIS Arts aims, first and foremost, to integrate an aesthetic sensibility into the aegis of CCIS projects. From fine arts and music, through applied art projects associated with our permaculture, sustainable energy and sustainable construction work and digital humanities work and into applications in data visualization software development, CCIS Arts takes a holistic view of Art as it runs through every level of human existence. As such, CCIS Arts divides it's work into two major nodes. First, CCIS Arts' academic work aims to interrogate the history of fine art, music, performing arts, art history, etc. theory, method and philosophy in order to interrogate contemporary art from the lens of its many and varied social implications. At the applied level, CCIS Arts aims to facilitate artistic practice through a variety of methods: residencies for musicians, poets, fine artists, etc. in CCIS’s sustainable research centers; integration of arts into our CCIS’s interdisciplinary K-12, Undergraduate and Masters programs; organizing public events like concerts, public spaces like art galleries and public works projects that bring CCIS Arts’ aesthetic ethos to the many and varied public goods projects that form the foundation of the CCIS mission; commissioning of artistic projects that provide aesthetic support for CCIS projects; etc. At the center of our ethos lies the axiom that art is the language of the soul, a medium for expression that transcends the limitations of the peripatetic mind and its linguistic vessel.


CCIS Arts Ethos Quotes

CCIS Arts Ethos Quotes

“Where words leave off, music begins.”

-Heinrich Heine


“Art becomes a spiritual process depending upon the degree of commitment that you bring to it. Every experience becomes direct food for your art. Then your art teaches you about life.

-Nick Bantock


“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Each moment of the creative process engages the senses more fully, with richer and more focused awareness. In art practice we can become transcendence, one with all beings and our world.”

-Dianne Bersea


“Who hears music, feels his solitude

Peopled at once.”

-Robert Browning


“First, one seeks to become an artist by training the hand. Then one finds it is the eye that needs improving. Later one learns it is the mind that wants developing, only to find that the ultimate quest of the artist is in the spirit.”

-Larry Brullo


“Where words fail, music speaks.”

-Hans Christian Andersen


“Creativity is the voice of the spirit. One's art should be the extension of oneself.” 

-Maritza Burgos


“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”

-Kahlil Gibran


“To transmit the spirit, there must be form. When the form, the mind and the hand are in total accord, each forgetting the other's separate existence, then the spirit will reside in your work.”

-Dong Qichang


“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

-Kong Zi


“There is an inner connection between music and the spirit. When language aspires to the transcendent, and the soul longs to break free of the gravitational pull of the earth, it modulates into song. Music, said Arnold Bennett, is “a language which the soul alone understands but which the soul can never translate.” It is, in Richter’s words, “the poetry of the air.” Tolstoy called it “the shorthand of emotion.” Goethe said, “Religious worship cannot do without music. It is one of the foremost means to work upon man with an effect of marvel.” Words are the language of the mind. Music is the language of the soul.”

So when we seek to express or evoke emotion, we turn to melody. Deborah sang after Israel’s victory over the forces of Sisera. Hannah sang when she had a child. When Saul was depressed, David would play for him and his spirit would be restored. David himself was known as the “sweet singer of Israel.” Elisha called for a harpist to play so that the prophetic spirit could rest upon him. The Levites sang in the Temple. Every day, in Judaism, we preface our morning prayers with Pesukei de-Zimrah, the “Verses of Song” with their magnificent crescendo, Psalm 150, in which instruments and the human voice combine to sing G‑d’s praises.

Mystics go further and speak of the song of the universe, what Pythagoras called “the music of the spheres.” This is what Psalm 19 means when it says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands . . . There is no speech, there are no words, where their voice is not heard. Their music carries throughout the earth, their words to the end of the world.” Beneath the silence, audible only to the inner ear, creation sings to its Creator.”

-Rabbi Jonathan Sacks


“Being 'spiritual' simply means being willing to look into the nature of life, to ask questions and to wonder, and to listen. It also means seeing art everywhere.”

-Quang Ho


“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

-Henry David Thoreau


“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”

-Johann Sebastian Bach


“Much of what is billed as 'art' today is a reflection of the deep spiritual poverty that has overtaken the lives of many artists. Out of the darkness comes more darkness. Emptiness yields up emptiness.”

-Brian Knowles


“It is not art in the professionalized sense about which I care, but that which is created sacredly, as a result of a deep inner experience, with all of oneself, and that becomes 'art' in time.”

 -Alfred Stieglitz


“Art is not an end in itself. It introduces the soul into a higher spiritual order, which it expresses and in some sense explains.”

-Thomas Merton