Be joyful in all you do.
Be well. Be healthy.
On Saturday, January 21, I joined an array of women in my city of St. Louis, MO, to share remarks, reflections, and calls to action during our local post-inauguration Women’s March. Below are both my original speech script as well as footage from the speech (captured by various friends).
Design Observer “Creative Will: What It Takes to Shift Creative Organizations and Industries toward Greater Racial Equity”
As a new political administration and cultural climate continues to unfold in the United States, there will be demand and need for more industries and populations of people to rise up for the protection and sustainability of justice, unity, and humanity across the nation and world. Industries of creative practice are presented with a crucial set of roles and opportunities in which to contribute, design, and actualize systems, tools, cultural norms, and services that will benefit the collective mass of citizens moving forward.
Join me and other creative changemakers in Portland, OR, for Affect Conf October 7-8. Affect Conf is a new 2-day event that’s part conference and part volunteering and highlights the work, culture, and design behind social change. Talks will include presentations and lectures from activists and social impact designers like me to writers like Kai Cheng Thom (from Everyday Feminism), coders, artists, podcasters, and more.
On May 19, I gave my first commencement address to art and design students graduating from my alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis. In engaging this opportunity, I was asked to speak from the perspective of a young alum and share inspiration for how to live a radically and consciously creative post-graduate life.
In reflecting on this task, I tapped back into my 22 year old self and asked: what would I have wanted to know? What would have made my journey easier? What were the biggest challenges in transitioning from a life-long role as a “student” to becoming a creative adult? How did I learn how to live a life with meaning?
With many tears wiped aside, I shared the following:
On April 25, I was one of the recipients of the St. Louis Visionary Awards, which exists to “celebrate the numerous contributions and achievements of women who work in or support the arts in St. Louis. From established working arts professionals and arts educators to emerging artists and community impact artists, each year’s honorees are truly ‘visionary’.”
For the 2016 Visionary Awards, I was nominated and received the Community Impact Artist award, which recognized contributions I’d made during the past year(s) as a social practice and community artist.
This presentation was presented to leaders of foundations and granting organizations to inform the growing trends of artists-activists (artivists) in times of social unrest.