Monday, October 27, 2008

bringing art into the practice of living and vice versa.

This post is in memory of Ben Schaafsma, who was accidentally struck by a car in Brooklyn, New York while walking on the morning of Thursday, October 23, 2008. He passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2008.

In August of 2008, Ben moved to New York City to become a program director for Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and this where we met. Although we only spoke a handful of times, I was very impressed with his previous projects and was enthusiastic about possible future collaborations, in fact I wrote about him on this blog a little more than a a week ago.

There are several memorial sites up, and an obituary. By reading about his life, I found this fact summed up his generous spirit which will live on: at age 9, Schaafsma cataloged his personal collection of books, magazines and VHS tapes, and built a library in his basement for neighborhood kids to use.

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