Marion Institute Blog
Provided by Ulrich Schelling, Paracelsus Klinik CEO
Throughout the past years, Paracelsus Klinik’s name recognition – and thus the number of its patients – has continuously grown. As a result thereof, the Klinik is permanently at the borders of its spatial capacities. Extending the premises is thus urgently required.
We were now offered the opportunity to buy the adjacent land. Therefore, we can use a new building to bridge the gap between the main building of the medical department and the proprietary restaurant. On March 3, 2014 the ground-breaking ceremony has been celebrated with all individuals involved with the planning.
The present construction project will increase our spatial capacities by more than 25%. Apart from the therapies offered therein, the new building will also house common rooms for semi-in-patients, premises for administrative and training purposes and central facilities for staffs and entertainment. For the basement, we have planned an underground car park.
The design will account for ecological and structural-biological criteria. To a large extent, it will thus accommodate the needs of patients who suffer from incompatibilities and sensibilities. The standards applied to the extension will also account for the increased requirements of demanding clients from all over the world.
The new building will comprise 6 floors. Its main entrance will be on the level of the existing clninic buildings. From the main road, a stairway will lead into the building. A new route without any floor level difference will lead to the restaurant. That means the restaurant is now also easily accessible for the handicapped.
In total, the building’s capacity will be more than 7000 m³. The new premises are scheduled to be put into service in summer of 2015.
Cambodian Living Arts Launches Off From The Marion Institute To Become An Independent Nonprofit Organization
April 15, 2014 (Marion, MA) – The Marion Institute (MI) is pleased to announce that after five years as a program, Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) has become an independent 501C3 nonprofit organization. As of April 1, 2014, CLA launched out of the nest, continuing its crucial work in facilitating the transformation of Cambodia through the arts.
CLA joined the Marion Institute as one of its prominent programs in 2009, empowering individuals in Cambodia through community arts education, professional capacity building and establishing creative industries. During its five year collaboration, the Marion Institute’s role as an incubator for CLA played a pivotal part both administratively and managerially in the program’s success. Marion Institute Executive Director, Desa Van Laarhoven, shares “I am honored to have been a part of CLA and Arn Chorn-Pond’s journey. We are proud of the nurturing nest that we provided for CLA so that they may soar into the future, creating a more love-filled world with every note, dance and brushstroke they make.”
CLA began as the Cambodian Masters Program in 1998, founded by Arn Chorn-Pond, a Reebok Human Rights Award and Anne Frank Memorial Award recipient. After graduating from Providence College and with support from a small dedicated group of people in the U.S. spearheaded by John Burt, the mission to honor and support master artists in Cambodia surviving amid poor conditions following the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-79) that had killed an estimated 90% of artists in Cambodia took shape. The program grew and found sanctuary within the international nonprofit organization, World Education. Slowly, the program developed a new legacy for the traditional performing arts that had been so intrinsic to Cambodian culture prior to the regime. Their work helped to ensure that the cultural footprint of Cambodian arts is available to future generations.
In 2009, the Cambodian Master Performers Program became Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) and brought aboard both a new inspiring director, Phlouen Prim as well as board president, Dickon Verey. CLA also became a program of the Marion Institute, which served as both an incubator in supporting the program’s various artistic endeavors as well as an administrative engine. Crucial to this relationship and the continued success of CLA was a member of the Marion Institute’s team, Michelle Prevost. With an increasingly vital role to the program over time, Michelle ultimately became CLA’s Development Manager, securing dynamic funding and relationships which greatly helped the program to sustain its own voice and move toward becoming an independent nonprofit organization. While under the umbrella of the Marion Institute, CLA ultimately grew to what it is today, serving over 500 students, providing 20 annual scholarships and establishing regular, well-paying work for over 120 artists in Cambodia.
The highly regarded annual Connecting For Change conference hosted by the Marion Institute featured CLA founder Arn Chorn-Pond as a keynote speaker in 2012. Chorn-Pond addressed large crowds in New Bedford, MA not only with his moving vision for a renewed Cambodia, but also a universal truth of what it is to be a young person facing seemingly insurmountable odds and hardships. He spoke from a place that deeply resonated with diverse races and economic backgrounds present. His speech remains a highlight in the decade-long conference’s history. That same year, the award winning book Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick was released to wide praise. It chronicled Chorn-Pond’s story of survival during the Khmer Rouge regime.
In the Spring of 2013, CLA reached true global status with Season of Cambodia, an arts and cultural festival that saw 125 Cambodian artists presenting in New York City’s most prestigious venues. From Cambodia’s royalty and American celebrities to capacity crowds in attendance, the program received enormous praise and raised even further awareness of the Cambodian arts.
“I wish to see Cambodia blossom with peace and creativity. I want to see all Khmer children have the chance to know their culture, to live it and to make it richer.” – Arn Chorn-Pond
It is with the utmost respect and admiration that the Marion Institute congratulates and wishes Cambodian Living Arts the most prosperous future.
The new contact information for CLA in the USA is:
Cambodian Living Arts
228 Park Ave. S. #49331
New York, NY 10003
Getting healthy is hard, but registered dietician Ashley Koff has developed a plan to make it a little easier! Instead of giving up many of your favorite toxifying foods for good, she's developed a plan that lets you eat some of your less-than-healthy favorites and offset the damage. The secret is alkaline-promoting foods. They may help neutralize potentially toxic acids created by common culprits in the American diet: meat and carbs. Get started on this simple food plan today!
There are many individuals out there wanting to live a green lifestyle, but really do not know how to start. There are so many ways that renewable and alternative energy sources can protect the environment. The article below discusses some great ways to go green.
Think about getting solar powered lamps for outdoor lighting. These lamps are very cheap, as they require no external power source, just the sun. This not only reduces energy costs, It also means that you avoid having to go outside and wire up outdoor lights.
Wear natural fabrics instead of always using the air conditioning during summer. Natural fabrics, including cotton, cause moisture to move away from the body, which means it stays cooler. Wear lighter colors, as warmer colors make you feel warmer and more likely to put on artificial cold air.
Are you lucky enough to own a farm? If you do happen to own some farmland, try renting some of the land to a power company that specializes in wind energy solutions. Everyone surrounding the area where these turbines are installed are sure to benefit, and the installation doesn’t take up that much space.
Do your laundry using cold water, if you can. Most of the energy used to wash clothes is actually used in heating up the water. If your laundry detergent is a high quality brand, the use of cold water won’t affect the cleanliness of your clothing. In addition, remember to wash full loads to maximize energy efficiency.
Turn off electrical items when you’re not using them. When you leave the room you should think about what is not in use, like the lights, a television or your home theater. Try using a power strip so you can turn off all of your electronics at once, instead of letting power be wasted in standby mode.
Solar energy can heat water for a lesser cost. Install a water heating system that uses solar power. Research the benefits of an indirect versus direct circulation system. Indirect systems are the best option for those who have frozen pipes during the winter.
When planning a home solar system, calculate the potential energy generation of the system using hours of sunshine in the winter. This prevents any unanticipated effects from a winter months, and it keeps you ahead of the game for summer months. You can actually get money back from your utility company for any energy your generate if you’re on the net usage plan.
One of the best ways to go green and cut energy costs is by dressing more warmly. Wearing a sweater can make you feel two to four degrees warmer, depending on the thickness of the sweater. You don’t have to wear a t-shirt and shorts in your home, so dress warmly and save money!
Find out about federal and local rebates for updates about renewable energy for your home. Sometimes, the local electric company will provide rebates to cover the cost of upgrading. If this is not possible, you can find out if upgrades can be used as tax deductions. You may also be able to get credits from the government, either state or federal. These offers make installing and using a green energy system much more affordable.
Hire experts to check your plumbing and heating systems before investing a lot of money in installing new, greener systems. You can be shown where your money is being lost through inefficient products, and some great estimates on upgrades or replacements.
A great way to conserve energy at home is by setting your thermostat to 60 degrees if you are not at your house or if you are sleeping. Having the heat set at 60 degrees uses the minimum quantity of energy possible. As a result, you can minimize the energy you use, and save money.
Make full use of ceiling fans between November and March. Putting them clockwise can get rid of the warm air that flows toward your ceiling, which decreases the amount of heating you need. It takes less energy to power the fan than it does your furnace.
Consider having a programmable thermostat installed in your house, in order to help significantly decrease your energy bills. You can program these thermostats differently depending on the season of the year. Additionally, you can set them to adjust and control the temperatures during daytime and nighttime periods.
As shown in this article, green energy is not only cost efficient, but also environmentally friendly. With the proper knowledge, green energy can easily be incorporated into your life. Utilize the tips and advice you have read here, and you will be well on your way to living a greener life.
Our friends at "I Am Somebody", a Serendipity Project of MI, shared some great photos of their recent workshop with us. It looks like they had a great time and did some serious hiking! Read more about this project here: http://www.marioninstitute.org/serendipity/i-am-somebody
(left to right) Diane Arsenault of Downtown New Bedford Inc. presents the award to Connecting For Change Manager, Brooke Baptiste and Marion Institute Executive Director, Desa Van Laarhoven.
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