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 http://chispadc.wordpress.com/.

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.


Today and Tomorrow….

Hey, just a reminder of two events this week that you can catch me at .  One of which is Chispa @ Intersections tonight at the Atlas Performing Arts Center starting at 7:00 p.m. I am one of 6 presenters who will be sharing info about the fusion of art and green urbanism at The Center for Green Urbanism. It’s going to be an exciting night of presentations that you don’t want to miss!

“Hope” (2010), mixed media on paper, by Yours Truly

The second is Art & Coffee, my “reception” for my Goddess Soul exhibition tomorrow night at Space 7:10 at Kefa Cafe in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Grab a cup of joe and partake in the artwork by Yours Truly. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.  A portion of the sales from the artwork will be donated to CARE. Learn more about their support of underserved women around the globe below.

See you soon!