US Govt. Spends US$ 2b a week on wars but cuts funding for museums!

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The US Government spends US$ 2 billion per week on wars in foreign countries while its citizens struggle to keep open the doors of museums and cultural centers due to government cuts.

The Industry of War gets priority over preservation of the Arts. This is shameful. Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner are you listening?

This is an online interview with Karen Mobley, a museum trustee, a long time volunteer for the art committee of the museum, an artist whose work has been in the art auction and in the museum’s sales and rental program. She is a donor, member of the museum’s Legacy Society, which means she has promised a portion of her estate to the museum. A special thanks to Candess M.Campbell for arranging this interview.

Can you share with the readers a short history of The Mac?

MAC stands for Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
Eastern Washington is a unique region of the country. In 1918, state government recognized this distinction designating a second historical society—the Eastern Washington State Historical Society—to compliment the mandate of Washington State Historical Society established in 1891 and ensure a full representation of Washington’s diverse heritage.  MAC’s collecting encompasses generational diversity of Washington citizens amplifying voices of those who are not always heard.  The informal exploration, discovery, and connections with ideas and people that occur within programs unique to museums is empowering and equalizing for Washington citizens.

Founded in 1916, is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest with 5 underground galleries, the historic 1898 Campbell House, Joel E. Ferris Library & Archives, an orientation gallery, café, store, education center, community room and the Center for Plateau Cultural Studies.

The MAC campus (expanded in 2001 with a $30 million renovation) also includes an auditorium and outdoor amphitheater.  The exhibits and programs focus on three major disciplines: American Indian and other cultures, regional history and visual art.

Our collection, with over 39,000 American Indian, 22,000 regional history, and 1,500 art objects including the 252,109 records archive is nationally renowned.

Attracts over 100,000 visitors annually including nearly 4,000 K-12 students.

The Kirkland Cutter designed Campbell House, one of the most popular museum attractions, is our largest artifact, with student and public tours staffed by trained volunteer docents, consistently our most popular attraction.

The MAC’s educational programs include vibrant student and family learning experiences such as Living History Day, the Plateau tribes Living Legacy tour and learning laboratory, Campbell House exploration and hands-on art activities in the art studio.

The MAC is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and one of the first museums in the United States to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.

What is the importance of the MAC ?

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest.  The MAC is a repository of the artifacts from all of the Northwest Plateau tribes, many objects from the history of Spokane and a huge archive of photos from the region, the MAC has one of the few collections of art by Eastern Washington artists and is a gathering place for arts and history aficiandos from all around the west.  The exhibitions at the MAC change.  Right now the museum is gearing up for a travelling exhibition of inventions and reproductions of works by Leonardo DaVinci which opens in June of this year.  The exhibitions are listed on

MAC is an important contributor to the region’s economy.  Cultural travelers stay longer and spend more than other visitors. Event-related spending pumps revenue into restaurants, hotels and retail businesses. The MAC is the first non-metro market to land the international blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius exhibit opening June 3, 2011.The exhibit is expected to attract 40,000 new visitors to the region. The MAC helps recruit and maintain businesses, serving as a barometer of the region’s quality of life. The MAC contributes an estimated $10 million to our region’s economy.  The American Indian objects and sacred room will be unavailable to tribal members, which will cause significant cultural turmoil.  The building will closed  to the public, its collections inaccessible.   An unoccupied facility creates the potential for vandalism and theft and will subject the neighborhood to unwarranted blight.

Why is it in danger of being shut down?

The MAC is basically a state agency – about 60% of its budget comes from the state of Washington and about 40% comes from local sources such a grants, contributions, sponsorship and from the endowment.   The whole state is having big budget challenges.  The museum is not uniquely being targeted. There are also cuts to education, support to indigent people through health care and other services.  It is a difficult time.  The elimination of the state portion of the budget is way too much for the local community to absorb.

Karen Mobley is the Arts Director City of Spokane (Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius) since June 1997.  Prior to this she was the Director of the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, WY and Gallery Director for University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University.  She is a board member for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, a member of the Spokane Public Radio Steering Committee, a Deacon for Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ and active in the Washington State Arts Alliance and Rotary 21.   Karen is a working artist and poet. Her art work is represented in Spokane by Art@Work (the sales and rental program of the MAC).. She reads and performs poetry at events through the region.

She likes cats and is currently working to make the longest cat hair rope in the world.

If you want to help keep the Arts alive, please contact
Karen R. Mobley, Arts Director, City of Spokane,
Spokane Arts Commission, 808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201-3333 (509) 625-6079


Candess Campbell, intuitive consultant, interview by Mark Ulyseas

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Last year I met Candess in Bardez and talked the talk, about the ways of the Native American Shamans. This interview is a follow up to our unfinished discussion on ‘healing’.
Candess M. Campbell, PhD. (doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy from American Pacific University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University is an intuitive consultant and healer specializing in 144 Strand DNA Activation and Essential Energy Balancing Workshops which clear Karma. From a young age she has been working with a group of Ascended Masters, the Lords of Karma. She has 20 years as an intuitive healer and 27 years counseling clients<.

What is an intuitive consultant?

I am called a psychic but the more popular word for my work is intuitive consultant.  I teach classes on Clairvoyance and believe we all have this ability. This “sixth sense” is usually strong in children, and is often discouraged by parents. If not discouraged by parents, children often give up the skill when teased by peers.

An intuitive reads through feeling (clairsentience), knowing (claircognizance) hearing (clairaudience), or seeing (clairvoyance). I read the energy field of the client through the information in the chakras. I see where energy is blocked and symbolically see what is happening in their life. Illness and emotional crisis happen on the energetic level before manifesting in the physical. Therefore, getting a reading and making appropriate behavior changes can avert health issues and other problems.

I am often asked about relationships, career moves, whether to make this choice or that and basics like this. Often people who have passed on show up in a reading and I communicate with them to their loved one.  More information and a video describing what happens during a reading is on my website.

What qualifies you as a ‘Healer’ and how do you ‘Heal’ people ?

Healers are found in all cultures. Some have a natural gift of healing and others take training or classes. For most of us, it is both.

I began my healing practice when I took Reiki classes from Diane Stein and a Healing class at the Church of Divine Man. With practice I felt energy in my hands and when I touched people I could move stuck energy. For instance, if someone had knee pain, I put my hands on their knee and could feel tingling and even pain in my hands. I waited until the energy subsided and they told me the pain was gone.

Volunteering at a retreat for HIV positive patients was when my abilities increased. After providing several healings my intuitive reading kicked in. I began to see the core issue of their illnesses and when I shared information with them, they often cried and the emotional healing began. The HIV was not cured, but many of the symptoms eased and the emotional healing took place.

Much of what I do today is remote healing. Quantum physics has shown us that there is no time and space and healing can take place when I put hands on someone or when I imagine them in my mind and provide a healing.

Could you share a case history and how one of your patients was healed?

Healing happens on spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Physical healings are more noticeable to all, but the other healings are usually only noticeable to the client and close family and friends.

One physical healing was with a friend who was a physician. He had a severe strain in his neck that hurt for several days. I put my hands on his neck and saw the strain in my mind. I brought my attention into the heavens and asked my healing guides for a healing and felt the energy coming down through the top of my head and out my hands into his neck. This took about three minutes. Afterward, his pain was gone. I talked with him a couple of weeks ago and he said this summer his mother is coming to the US from Peru and she would like a reading and healing. I am delighted.

Another example was a nurse who had a fractured bone in her foot. I put my hands on her foot and did the same procedure as above. Again this took a few minutes and the fracture was healed.

A third example is an emotional healing. I was teaching a Reiki Class and had a student on the table as I was demonstrating the healing positions. My hands were on the sacral chakra in the belly area. When I touched her I immediately imaged her being sexually abused as a child. Her feelings of pain welled up inside me. She had not healed this issue. I asked her if she had been abused and she said yes. When I offered to release this pain she said yes. In this case I allowed this pain to move through me and began to cry and shake and bring the pain out of her body. After several minutes, the pain was gone. It was healed in her and I felt as I had before the experience.

What are your future plans?

In 2011, I will be in Osaka, Japan in April and May and in Mumbai and Coimbatore, and possibly New Delhi, India in November and December providing 144 strand DNA Activations, facilitating Essential Energy Balancing Workshops that clear Earth Karma, teaching Clairvoyance Classes and providing private sessions with clients.

Candess lives in Spokane, 300 miles from Seattle, U.S.A