De Nichols is a 2017/18 Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and in this recent video, you can witness a snippet of the experience and the impact that it makes on each of its fellows.
This month, De Nichols is a recipient of the Safety Pin Box’s Black Women Being gift, which will reward one-time financial support to individual Black women who have demonstrated a commitment to serving Black people.
Listen to the St. Louis Public Radio interview: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/…/st-louis-artist-activist-d…
Some of the great insights I was able to capture at Blavity’s EmpowerHer conference. Inspired by all the women who shared time and space while there.
Fireside chat with Zim (TravelNoire)
Zim on time management: “Distractions are the enemies of progress.”
- Here are some shared tips on how to live a distraction-free lifestyle:
- Check email in the afternoon, not the morning. Preserve your morning energy doing things that fuel you and not drain you.
- Master your iPhone’s “Do Not Disturb” setting during core work hours and time span when you seek to focus.
- Use the Google Chrome plug-in, FB Purity, to clean distractive posts from your newsfeed.
- Measure time in pomodoros.
- Use a project management app to help keep you on task.
My recommendations: Basecamp, Asana, or Dapulse
Zim on teambuilding: “The key to keeping really great people is by being a really great person.”
- Here are some teambuilding tips suggested by Zim:
- Set 10 “culture values” for your company, and recruit by those, not just skills and “fit.”
- Adopt an “everything is figure-out-able” group mentality.
- Be a doer/executor. If that’s not you (aka if you’re like me, and you are great at ideas), recruit doers to balance the idea mavens, researchers, and strategists.
- Use Slack for team communications to keep conversations out of your inbox.
- Build a positive family and supportive tribe for your team members.
- Take significant time off to keep your energy in balance for smart, productive work.
On this day 9 years ago, I gave a eulogy at the funeral of my best friend (and high school sweetheart), Santez Walker. The next day, June 1, was my 20th birthday.
I remember returning from Memphis back to St. Louis on my birthday–heavy-hearted–and entering my apartment where Erin and other friends had prepared a surprise cookie cake to try to cheer me up.
I still get emotional when I think about those moments. At the time, I thought celebrating my birth and life was unfair when his was unexpectedly and suddenly lost. I didn’t know how to appreciate my friends in the midst of my own jadedness about losing him. But in following years, I learned to honor the creative, daring, and loving spirit of Santez through my birthdays. I committed to making them a little more meaningful, a lot more creative (like him), and as full of love and friendship as possible. And for most of these recent years, I have kept this commitment because of you–my friends.
Thank you all who have celebrated past birthdays with me. You are my tribe, and your presence has meant more to me throughout these years than I have ever admitted.
I look forward to tomorrow, and I’m grateful for the reminder it brings to celebrate life, cherish friendship, and fill our lives with love/gratitude.
De Nichols was selected as one of five fellows for the 2017 John F. Kennedy Center’s Citizen Artists fellows program, which recognizes artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities.
“The recognized Citizen Artists Fellows will be mentored by Yo-Yo Ma, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large, among other Kennedy Center artistic partners. Additionally, they will receive national attention for their impact in their local communities and opportunities to showcase their voice and work on stage, through exhibition, and at national convenings.”
To commence participation as a fellow, De will join thought leaders from the arts and related fields together for the Kennedy Center’s Art Summit to explore how the arts can propel our thinking towards new ideas and actions, including the leaders we look to for guidance and inspiration.
Learn more at https://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/specialevents/summit.
The time I installed the first exhibition of the Sticky Note to Self project.
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