Healing the soul of the world through the arts

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The goal of Anima Mundi Productions is to create original works of art that stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social problems.

About Anima Mundi

al-bawwab-wikimediaAnima Mundi means “The Soul of the World” and refers to our conviction that the soul of humanity and the fate of the planet are intertwined; we seek to heal the soul of the world through the arts by providing experiences that bring people into their hearts and imagination, demonstrate the power of beauty, and heal societal wounds through love and spiritual awareness. For this purpose, Anima Mundi Productions organizes and produces artistic and community welfare opportunities, including but not limited to visual art installations, musical concerts, and dance and theater performances. These events are distinguished by a combination of one or many of the following elements:

  1. The direct participation of a constituency of a disadvantaged population such as military veterans with PTSD, women who have experienced trafficking and/or violence, children who have suffered poverty, drug addicts in recovery, etc.
  2. Themes that bring greater public awareness to issues of environmental devastation and/or social injustice, with a particular emphasis on issues that would greatly benefit from the humanizing and community-building power of the arts and contact with nature.
  3. Opportunities for healing, outreach, and community interaction such as art therapy sessions, free tickets to performances, roundtable panel/discussions, live demonstrations, expert lecturers, pre- and post-performance talks, etc.
  4. A spiritual component to the art, music, theater, etc. that gives the audience a tangible experience of the healing power of love to overcome the pain of the world.
  5. Opportunities to promote fundraising and direct philanthropy to the constituencies themselves and/or partnering non-profit social benefit organizations.

How We View the Arts

Art is much more than entertainment. It reconnects us with ourselves, restores our wounded self-image, and reaffirms our passion and our sense of belonging. The arts are the ideal vehicle for social change and the healing of the wounds of the world because they speak directly to the human unconscious through symbolism, ritual, and shared communal experience.

The artist, the musician, the storyteller, the painter, the sculptor, and today, the filmmaker, can speak directly to and from the wounded collective archetypes of our modern world in a way that realigns us as one family, connected both in victory and tragedy, interdependent upon each other and our natural world, and deserving of honor for the contributions each one of us offers.

Name: Anima Mundi Productions

Federal Tax ID: 271944408  (use for tax-deductible contributions to Anima Mundi Productions)

Non-profit Type: Public Benefit (Arts)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1323 | Phoenix, Oregon, 97535

Phone: Ethan Gans-Morse, Exec. Director | 541-778-1211

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Mission:

  • To create, promote, foster, and produce new works that harness the power of the arts to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social and environmental problems.
  • To promote social justice and societal well-being through the intersection of live artistic productions, philanthropic/humanitarian giving, and community engagement.
  • To create public arts events that aid in the personal, collective, and spiritual healing of at-risk segments of society such as those who have experienced the traumas of war, domestic violence, childhood abuse, social injustice, etc.

Richard Gordon (President) | Founder and President of Richard Gordon Creative Productions

richard400Richard Gordon began his career as a chemical engineer for Phillips Petroleum in Kansas City, Gulf Oil in Texas, and Exxon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He directed his first business in 1980 and in 1985 started his own company, Richard Gordon Creative Productions. Mr. Gordon served on the board of directors and as president of the Louisiana Society for Personal Realization in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In 2006 he created an internet organization that now extends to over 15 countries, which is dedicated to promoting our planet’s greater good through cooperation and service. For over 30 years Mr. Gordon has been sought after as a teacher, speaker, and consultant. He has worked with businesses, churches, civic organizations, and individuals on five continents. Currently, he teaches and provides spiritual, managerial, and financial consulting for individuals and businesses, and promotes cutting edge businesses and philanthropic ventures.

Marshall Mueller (Treasurer) | Founder of Code Alarm, Inc. (retired)

marshall-sepia-400Marshall Mueller attended the State University of New York and Eastern Michigan University, studying economics and music. He has been directly involved in business ventures for most of his career. After several successful small start-ups in the service industry, Mr. Mueller cofounded Code Alarm Inc.—a firm which designs and manufactures electronic security systems for General Motors, Ford Motors, and for the automotive aftermarket. Following a successful public stock offering in 1990, he retired from day-to-day business activities to pursue other life interests.  He completed a four-year training in Body Psychotherapy, served on the board of Code Alarm, and worked on the board of a start-up manufacturing firm. Mr. Mueller was drawn to Adorata more than 10 years ago and quickly recognized the powerful potential of the Adorata work for human development.

James E. Kelly (Secretary) |Teacher (retired)

James Kelly has been involved in education, spirituality, and service during his entire adult life. For eight years, he was a Christian Brother, a religious order of Catholic Monks dedicated to teaching. During that period, he received his B.A. in history from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. After leaving the order, he taught for an additional nine years throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. When he left teaching in 1978, Mr. Kelly began a 29-year career as a patient transporter/advocate within St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. Now retired in Ashland, Oregon, he has volunteered as a mentor for at-risk youth and addicts.

Debbie Schmelzer Levin (Director) | Owner of Indulge Spa, Medford, Oregon

Debbie Schmelzer Levin has accomplished a remarkable career as a professional counselor, entrepreneur, administrator and musician, as well as serving as a volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations. As a trained counselor, Ms. Levin has provided therapy in grief and loss, crisis, family and marriage, addiction and sexual abuse. As an entrepreneur, she has successfully founded and operated several businesses, engendered the enormous growth of several large spiritual organizations, and appeared on television and around the country as a professional singer.

Hannah Grace (Director) | Bookkeeper, Counselor

Originally from Berlin, Germany, Hannah Grace is an active member of the Southern Oregon community and a multi-talented member of the Adorata Board of Directors. She runs a successful bookkeeping business, is a longtime active member of the Ashland Food Angels, non-profit that distributes food to low-income households, and worked for many years as a web technician for Centered Learning. Ms. Grace is also is a trained and certified midwife and has a successful practice as a counselor.

Ethan Gans-Morse (Co-Founder, Executive Director)

Ethan-Head-4Ethan Gans-Morse’s work spans the worlds of art, counseling, and non-profit administration. He has served as the Executive Director of Anima Mundi Productions since its founding in 2010, overseeing numerous artistic, humanitarian, and fundraising efforts. Ethan also serves as resident composer and artistic producer for Anima Mundi Productions, running campaigns such as the 2014 Indiegogo crowdfunder which raised over $75,000. He is the award-winning composer of Anima Mundi Productions’ The Canticle of the Black Madonna, an original opera which The Oregonian called “A huge achievement… generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate.” Mr. Gans-Morse is also a certified and active counselor in the Adorata Descent process, a methodology for harmonizing the inner male and female in the deep psyche developed by Anima Mundi Productions co-found Tiziana DellaRovere.

Tiziana DellaRovere (Co-Founder)

tiziana400Tiziana DellaRovere is a groundbreaking innovator with over 35 years of experience in the fields of the deep psyche, the inner male and inner female, and the spirituality of embodied love. She was classically trained in law and philosophy in Italy before moving to the United States, where she studied painting and sculpture at the California College of Arts and Crafts, clinical psychology at San Francisco State University, and seminary at the Liberal Catholic Church of Antioch, where she was among the first women ordained as priest. Her writing, teachings, and sacred art are unified in her devotion to bringing the mystical experience of the Divine into everyday life. In addition to her work as a leading voice in the continually developing field of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine and their collective and personal archetypes, Tiziana has been a catalyst for the healing of thousands of people through her workshops, classes, and private sessions. She is the co-creator of the opera The Canticle of the Black Madonna and the author of Adorata: The Path of Enlovement, The Adorata Codes of Love, and Sacred Fire: Rites of Passage and Rituals of Worship.

“I was impressed by the breath-taking sweep of what Anima Mundi Productions is doing… It is clear that the aim here is healing, and that for all involved there is a deep sincerity in the loving approach they are taking, and their commitment to art as a vehicle of healing. Indeed, one feels that loving commitment in the performance, and each of the people who are involved.”

Rowan Wolf, OpEdNews

“Generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate… Production values overall reflected artistry, hard work and commitment… Contemporary opera is alive in Oregon, and not just that, it’s vital, addressing contemporary issues with determination and compassion.”

James McQuillen, The Oregonian

“One of the most exciting developments of the arts season.”

Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch

“I have searched since I returned from combat in 1969, and continue to search, for ways to bring a shift in consciousness in the world… I believe that such a shift would end war and finally give meaning to my experiences in war, and to the deaths of my soldiers and of all soldiers in all wars. [Anima Mundi Productions’] The Canticle of the Black Madonna is clearly a vehicle for bringing about that shift, that awakening.

Bill Ritch, Vietnam Combat Veteran, Silver Star Recipient

“[Anima Mundi Productions’] The Canticle of the Black Madonna is that very special kind of art that genuinely helps people who have fallen into desperate isolation. It grabs you and says, ‘You’re not alone; you’re not misunderstood after all; there’s still hope.’ This is the kind of art that saved my life.”

Sean Davis, former SFC, U.S. Army Infantry, Purple Heart Recipient

Projects

The Canticle of the Black Madonna

Full details and multimedia at www.CBMopera.com

Project Summary

Between 2012-2014, Anima Mundi Productions launched, operated, and completed an ambitious project: the creation of a new opera that explores the dual traumas of combat-related PTSD and the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. The overarching theme of the piece is that there are some challenges in this world that are so painful, so overwhelming that it is only through the opening of the heart, in this case embodied by the all-powerful love of the archetypal Mother in the form of the Black Madonna, that we can find hope and a new path to healing.

Project Highlights

  • Music composed by Ethan Gans-Morse; libretto (text and story) written by Tiziana DellaRovere, the two founders and resident artists of Anima Mundi Productions.
  • Indiegogo campaign raised over $75,000 through crowdfunding (details here).
  • Total project operating budget raised through grants and donations: over $350,000.
  • Fully professional production at the Portland Center for the Performing arts in Portland, Oregon.
  • Called “A huge achievement… generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate” by The Oregonian (read more critical acclaim here).
  • Directly involved the veteran community through the following offerings free of charge:
    • The casting of veterans to appear onstage in the production,
    • The hiring of veterans to work on the production,
    • Veteran input in the creation of the work,
    • Special outreach services such as our Painting PTSD initiative and a special performance of the opera for an exclusively veteran audience which included a trauma expert onsite to lead a debriefing event after the opera,
    • Forthcoming professionally produced HD cinematic video of the project to be made available for special viewings by veterans communities.

Tango of the White Gardenia

Premiering in 2017

Project Summary

Cascadia Concert Opera has commissioned Anima Mundi Productions and resident artists Ethan Gans-Morse and Tiziana DellaRovere to create an original opera for 2017. Cascadia is based in Eugene, Oregon and has over 7 years of experience bringing opera to new audiences. This project will be a coproduction between Cascadia Concert Opera and Anima Mundi Productions.

Project Highlights

  • Music composed by Ethan Gans-Morse; libretto (text and story) written by Tiziana DellaRovere, the two founders and resident artists of Anima Mundi Productions.
  • Fun, light, witty new opera will be easily accessible for non-traditional audiences.
  • Touring performances will be made available, often free of charge, to schools, retirement homes, churches, and other “outreach” constituencies who otherwise wouldn’t have access to live opera.
  • Tango of the White Gardenia is an original story that teaches young people the values of love, commitment, and friendship over competition, and has a strong anti-bullying message that is highly relevant today.

Voices of the Valley

Premiering in spring, 2018

Project Summary

Anima Mundi Productions has been commissioned to create a large-scale symphonic project. Details will be announced later in 2016 when the commissioning organization announces a formal press-release. Please consider signing up to receive our email updates to be among the first to learn about it when this project is formally announced.

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