Welcome to the first Podcast for Spark Your Creative...formerlly Mindfully Creative Podcast!
The name may have changed, but the mission is the same....the podcast, hosted by Sharon Burton of Spark Your Creative Coaching explores how art is being used for personal and community healing as well as tips on how creatives can break through barriers to make their own "art" whatever that might look like.
For this episode, I talk with Jeﬀreen M. Hayes, Ph.D., Executive Director of Three Walls, a nonprofit arts organization in Chicago and independent curator about the role of artists as a neighborhood catalyst for positive community interaction and growth. As the Executive Director of Threewalls, a position she has held since 2015, Jeffreen provides strategic vision for the artistic direction and impact of the organization in Chicago. Jeﬀreen, a trained art historian and curator, merges administrative, curatorial and academic practices into her cultural practice of supporting artists and community development. As an advocate for racial inclusion, equity and access, Jeffreen has developed a curatorial and leadership approach that invites community participation, particularly those in marginalized communities.
Her curatorial projects include SILOS (2016), Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman (2018), and Process (2019. Additionally, she was the guest curator for Artpace San Antonio’s International Artist-in-Residence program from May 2018-August 2018.
Jeffreen earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, a MA in Art History from Howard University, and a BA from Florida International University in Humanities. She has worked several museums and cultural institutions including Birmingham Museum of Art, Hampton University Museum, Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art. Jeffreen is a Chief Executive Community and Culture Fellow alum, a program facilitated by National Arts Strategies.
This discussion focused on the interaction of the artist as a resident of diverse communities through the work of Three Walls, a 501(c)3 non-profit that fosters contemporary art practices that respond to lived experiences, encouraging connections beyond art. Specifically, we explore how Three Walls programs help serve as a model for how artists work and contribute to their nerighborhoods as a catalyst between the intersections of art, social justice, and community.
We also talk a little about self-care and the creative through Jeffreen's own practice as curator.
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Podcast intro music by Melvin Rogers (store.cdbaby.com/Artist/MelvinRogers)
Listen to the podcast discussion below.
EPISODE 3: “Peaceful and Productive Creative Spaces” Featuring Sherry Burton Ways, CEO/Principal Designer of SBW Aligned Expressions
Welcome to the third edition of the Mindfully Creative Podcast series! This third episode focuses on the importance of creating a space to allow for creative manifesting. Sherry Burton Ways (who is also my twin sister!) is the featured guest for a quite informative discussion about how our physical enviroment plays an important part of our creativity as creators.
Sherry Burton Ways is the CEO and Principal Designer of SBW Aligned Expressions. Sherry has 20 years of combined Urban Planning and Interior Design experience that she utilizes to create Aligned Expressions Design. Combining the positive characteristics of the neighborhood or community in which the space resides with the personal goals and desires of the client is key to her design approach. To further define the unique design needs of her design clients, she also utilizes her certifications in the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui, Color Therapy, Interior Environment and Design Psychology Coaching to create desired interior design results.
Her mission is to create alignment between the Aligned Expressions Design experience with beautifully-expressed, productive, nurturing and functional interior environments. Her philosophy is that all interiors should evoke a grounding balance of function, flow, and feel for all occupants and the space. She has been quoted in Essence Magazine, Rodale’s Organic Life Magazine, the Washington Post, Forbes.com among others. She is a DoTerra Essential Oils Wellness Advocate and a Design Columnist for E- The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive.
Books by Sherry Burton Ways:
Feel Good Spaces: A Guide to Decorating Your Home for Body, Mind, and Spirit
Sherry also has a new book that will be available late 2017 entitled “Landing on Your Feet and Putting Down Roots: 21 Rituals to Transform Your Life and Your Space.”
Follow Sherry at:
Facebook: Sherry Burton Ways
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