SJB Creative Ventures Participates in Commercial Home Staging Projects

Arcylic on canvas by Amber Ja"Ski Watkins in the Glenncrest Model Home

During the summer and fall of 2011, SJB Creative Ventures, LLC  provided artwork for two residential development projects on behalf of their interior design partner Kreative Ways and Solutions, LLC, based in Washington, DC.

In August, SJB Creative Ventures installed art in the model home for a new townhome property Glenncrest  located in Washington, DC.  DC area artists whose work was selected for the project included Kevin Holder, Darren Jackson, and Amber Ja’ Ski Watkins.

This November, artwork was installed as part of the model home for Eden Place, a first time home buyer residential development project in Washington, DC.  Artists whose work was selected for the project included Rick Garcia and Ms. Watkins.

Artwork in both communities are available for purchase.  For more information, contact us by email at

Highlighting Art and Green Urbanism at Chispadc

Last Thursday, February 17th, I presented on the topic Eco-art East of the River: Green Urbanism, Business and Art in Ward 7 in the winter edition of Chispa DC, a part of this year’s Intersections Art Festival, held February 17, 2011 at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, in Washington, DC. My presentation was correlated to my role as the art curator of The Center for Green Urbanism, located also in Washington, DC.

Chispa is a quarterly curated media mash-up for artists, organizers and change agents in the DC area to share what they’re thinking, dreaming and doing. The event features 8 – 10 people “who have the freedom to present anything they’re passionate about.” Chispa is an opportunity for cultural creatives to connect with each other and share what they love both in and outside of their own circles – theater, organization development, community organizing, etc.

Chispa is inspired by a presentation format that emerged in Japan as a way for architects to share their work: each speaker is limited to 20 images which automatically advance after 20 seconds. Variations of this format, called Pecha Kucha, have sprung up around the world.

I joined five other exciting presenters to address one of the overall themes of this edition of Chispa by answering “How does your work/dream/idea explore an artistic or cultural intersection?”

Chispa is a collaboration between Potomac Group, LLC and Spark Creativity, small organization development practitioners with deep roots in social justice and cultural creation. For more information about Chispa visit the website at

Special thanks to the Chispa organizers for an inspiring evening featuring the “intersections” of art, culture and creativity in the DMV!

Check out the presentation below, filmed by Zandra Chestnut, co-Founder of The Center for Green Urbanism.

Check out a slide show of the speakers below, courtesy of Chispadc.