All in the Works
Collaborations with organizations and projects that are close to my heart and "raison d'être"
I created a new section to my website called the "Works" to keep me balanced. [Sidenote: still trying to figure out what made me wordplay the letter "W" in the first place] Sometimes you can be too much in your own head, trying to make a piece come alive, that you forget that the art is a connector to show your soul and heart. I wanted to show how art bridges me to the things I hold dear. I've done collaborations in the past but I would share my art and stay in the shadows, leaving the organization to do the promoting or build awareness. I wasn't being lazy. I just didn't want to come across as the "difficult artist" trying to micromanage the look or the story... but I have learned that if I am going to work with anything I love, I have to help I have to use my art to get the word out.
Forward Arts was my daughter's tribe, and I was inducted as Mama P by all my poet babies. I love that this was one of the many things that Kaiya shared with me and I can continue to feel her love through Word Crew. So I was honored to be part of the planning committee for this year's All-City Youth Poetry Slam. My contributions were painting one of a kind invitations to the donor reception and creating a series of paintings depicting the theme "Defining Brilliance". I used a new technique of acrylic pouring and opened my third eye to find the voices in the swirls.
It is important that your "give back" is relevant to journey.