Saturday Apr 9, 2016: REGENERATIVE PRACTICES
How can we make the arts more sustainable? What can we do as individuals to renew our energy and passion? What can we do as a network to support each other? What can we do as leaders of programs and organizations to encourage a healthier arts ecosystem? Each project team will be encouraged to connect with members of the EAP network at large who have contributed to the ongoing work of advancing each of these issues. Fellows will be expected to take an active role in assessing the work achieved to date on their issue, and to initiate creative, relevant and impactful responses.
Impact Hub Oakland, LLC , Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Omi Gallery, Director/Curator
Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist and convener who consults with start-ups and organizations to assess and build capacity for increased community engagement in their ventures through the uses of permaculture design, mindfulness, creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management. Her combined passions for media, food, art and technology also inspire her to produce events such as Pecha Kucha Night Oakland and “Grits & Greens” while hosting a monthly segment on KPOO Radio featuring women creatives committed to racial and environmental justice.
Considered a thought leader on social constructs such as cultural intersectionality and creative placemaking, she was tapped by the Ashoka Foundation as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy,“ and continues to work as a sustainability consultant crafting programming to support transformative healing in communities around the world. Ashara’s voice is often heard presenting as keynote or panelist at conferences such as IONS, SXSW, Dreamforce, Net Impact, the World Social Forum, and SOCAP.
Currently, Ashara serves as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland, an inspiring co-working space that connects and supports socially engaged changemakers and entrepreneurs in manifesting “what makes them come alive.” She is also the Director of Omi Gallery, a social practice art space located in both Oakland and San Francisco, CA and is a member of the “Urban Futures Think Tank” at YBCA and holds Advisory Board positions with KQED Arts and Our City. Additionally, Ashara is an Emerging Arts Professional Fellow, an Institute For the Future “Fellow4Good,” and the “Curator in Residence” with Schools Without Borders where she presents “Collaboratorium” – a methodology amplifying the intersections of social permaculture/social entrepreneurship/social justice. | LinkedIn: Ashara Ekundayo
Start with two boxes. On one box, write rejuvenation/balance/ongoing commitment to living and working, or whatever else strikes you fancy on the outside. On the other, pick a keyword or phrase from your mission statement. cover them in great fabric, paint, collage…etc in order to make these boxes yours.
- Grab some cards (repurposed Christmas cards work great!)
- Write on one card an intention for rejuvenation and any related goals
- Over the course of the month:
- In box 1, put ideas or items that remind you to have balance in your life, or things that you do (or represent what you do) in order to maintain balance.
- In box 2, put all the things that align with your personal mission statement. Again, it can be any items as long as they are related to your mission and the direction of that mission.
- What you put into your boxes might be concert tix, small statues, snippets of fabric, letters from loved ones, music scores, cds, paintings, wine corks, books, journal pages, research, piece of history, demolished building…etc
- This box is the holding place for your dreams, your place to put in time for thinking and research, but it is not the “thing” itself.
Please reflect on the readings and consider these questions prior to the session:
- What are some key themes that emerged from the articles? How does that play out in your own professional or personal life?
- What are the biggest stumbling blocks to balance in the arts?
- How might artists and arts organizations participate in ongoing rejuvenation practices?
If you’d like to read further:
- Three ways to prevent burnout by Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek
- The Anxiety of Generosity and the Abundance of the Commons by Polly Carl
- The Scarcity Matrix by David Dower
- Work + Home + Community + Self by Stewart D. Friedman
- Why We Walk by Adam Gopnik
- From Fired up to burnout by Britt Bravo
- Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time By Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy
- How to Meditate a guide to formal sitting practice By Tara Brach