The Newsletter of the Mythic Imagination Institute, a Non-profit Arts and Education Corporation
In preparation for Mythic Journeys 2004 in Atlanta, GA
May, 2004

We are in the final weeks leading up to Mythic Journeys 2004! The undertaking is immense, especially as a first time event for a brand new organization. Even so, everything is coming together beautifully; the program of events, the program book, the public relations, the marketing, the Marketplace, the travel plans, the art exhibition, the production, the food and beverage, the performances, and much, much more.

Our success to date is a testament to the quality of our partners, sponsors, advisors, Board of Directors, and volunteers. I would like to take a moment to focus on the dedication, creativity, and passion of our volunteers. The twenty-five committee chairpersons have been working on this conference for more than eighteen months now. Many of them have committees of three to five people working with them, so we have over fifty people working daily making this conference a success.

I stand in awe of them everyday as we work together to make our collective vision a reality. They are dedicated to creating a world filled with mythic imagination; to awakening people to the story of their own lives, to helping people see how the world's stories are a repository of human wisdom; and how we may grow as human beings by unraveling the mysteries and metaphors in these stories and in our own lives.

Every individual is filled with creativity, passion, and compassion, and our incredible volunteers demonstrate this to me every day. I hope you have the privilege of meeting them in Atlanta. Registration is still available online. The schedule is also available online.

The committee chairpersons are:

Tracy Aiken - Art Exhibition Logistics
Ari Berk - Content Committee Advisor/Advisory Board Member
Kathleen & George Bingaman - Marketplace
John Bridges - Graphic Arts
Bill Bridges - Content
Sarah Butler - Security
Cameron Carter - Marketing & Advertising
Jeanna Collins - Education
Michael Cuccarao - Guest Liaison
Mary Davis - Publications
Honora Foah - Creative Director/Board of Directors Member
Clyde Gilbert & Brian Sullivan - Performances
Andrew Greenberg - Volunteers
Sheri Kling - Senior Producer
Kelly Love - Treasurer
Ginny Mauldin - Kinney - Webmistress
Anya Martin & Dawn Zarimba - Public Relations
Dennis Papp - Registration
Bill Roche - Legal
Brenda Sutton - Event Coordinator
Charles Vess & Karen Shaffer - Art Exhibition Curators

I hope to see you in Atlanta,

Michael Karlin

Mythic Journeys 2004
June 3-6 Atlanta, Georgia

A story can change the world.

Like the famous Salons of Paris, we hope to spark a broad cultural movement for positive change. Won't you join us?

Special Offer for K-12 Teachers from the Krispy Kreme Foundation and the Mythic Imagination Institute: $100 admission price to the Mythic Journeys Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Visit our Web site to make your plans now!

The first Mythic Journeys conference, bring together artists, scholars, writers, performers, psychologists, and more, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

Mythic Journeys is comprised of two events:a main conference and performance festival, and an intimate pre-conference. The main conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, 2004, and we expect between 1,500 and 3,000 participants.

The pre-conference, focusing on intimate gatherings, performances, and in-depth workshops, will be limited to only 250 attendees, and will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 3 and 4, 2004. We hope you'll be a part of it.

  • Programming Report
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  • Calendar of Events
  • Book Review
  • Myth and Poetry
  • New Artists featured in Ancient Spirit, Modern Voice: the Mythic Journeys Art Exhibition
  • Well-Favored Links
  • Myth in the Body: An Interview with Dee Wagner
  • Mythmaking and the Works of Guy Gavriel Kay by Jackie Cassada and Nicky Rea
  • On Marion Woodman by Van Waddy/On Coleman Barks by Wilson McCreary
  • Transformation through Song and Story by Sheri Kling
  • Remembering Joseph Campbell Preface to the Centennial Edition, The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work by Phil Cousineau/Remembering Joseph Campbell by Phillip DePoy
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  • “I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”

    — Henry Emerson Fosdick

    “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

    — G. K. Chesterton

    “Myth is something that never happened, but is happening all the time.”

    — Sallistius, Greek poet

    “Myth is the song of the imagination, infinite and endless.”

    — Joseph Campbell

    “Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving. Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.”

    — Madeleine L'Engle

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