Intentional Diversity: Supporting Community Partners
Art heals. I care about art (obviously) and about healing, including the healing and reparations of generations of racial trauma. Therefore, I donate studio time—including materials and optional instruction—to organizations dedicated to lifting up the African-American and Indigenous community. If this describes your work, let’s talk! We can arrange a staff retreat, volunteer appreciation art party, or creative team-building event at my studio, at no cost to you. If your group is larger than 10 people, I may be able to bring an art activity to your work space instead. As a white woman with privilege, creativity, time, and a beautiful art-making space, this is a small thing that I am honored to be able to do.
Art that Celebrates Community Heroes
In 2016, Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland, CA initiated an annual award celebration. Its purpose is to recognize a community leader who has positively impacted the region’s children and families. I had created several mosaic murals on their campus and was honored when FFYC’s president approached me about creating an art piece to be the award. Each year. Because they didn’t want to give out a generic etched plaque that would surely end up in a box in the attic gathering dust.
Because their organization values art and people.
It’s been a creative highlight of my year ever since. I love being their personal, customized-award-maker. (You can see some of the awards in the photos below.)
Does this spark an idea for you?? Let’s collaborate! I've designed hundreds of art pieces for home and garden, for public spaces, and to be given as gifts. Whether you need a custom award for an annual dinner, or a set of mosaic stepping stones for your newly planted garden, a found-object sculpture made from your collection of old hardware, or a collage of memories of a loved one, I can help you bring your idea to life.
More Community Connections
I’m always looking for collaborative partners. Watch this space for some exciting developments that are in the works… :)
Maybe one of them will be with you. Contact me to start the conversation.