This episode of The Mindfully Creative Podcast focuses on a new and exciting exhibition effort by ArtWatchDC entitled the One House Project, which opens officially on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC.  In this interview, I talk with the founders of ArtWatchDC, artists Jackie Hoysted and Ellyn Weiss about the exhibition’s concept and goals and how it can be replicated in other cities across the United States.

About the One House Project

With the support of Touchstone Foundation for the Arts, The One House Project will be on display during the month of November at Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC. The show calls for viewers to engage with the house structure as a whole while identifying individual panels and the cultural history each panel holds within. Audio and video recordings of the artists’ stories will be included. As many artists have come together to make the One House Project, it is their hope that Americans come together to embrace the power found in a united people.

Conceived by ArtWatch, a group initially convened by Ellyn Weiss and Jackie Hoysted, the One House Project, one of the biggest collaborative art installations ever seen in DC, embodies both resistance to the subversion of democratic principles and the assertion of their importance. Over 220 DC area artists have come together to demonstrate the power of visual communication to support values such as tolerance and inclusion and to resist the efforts to divide us by race, gender, sexual preference, class or region. The overriding principle of One House is the vision for a country where we are united as one rather than divided; the artists aim to universalize this message by bringing it to a very personal level.

Each participating artist used a 12” square panel on which he or she commemorated an ancestor who came to this country — voluntarily or involuntarily, or was here prior to the landing of the Europeans. The panels cover a broad span of time, including Native Americans, those whose ancestors who came on the Mayflower and artists who came themselves very recently, who used the square to tell their own story as newcomers to this country. A structure will be erected in the Touchstone Gallery and covered entirely with these panels, representing the remarkable range of diverse humanity who have combined to make the strength of America.

For more information about the One House Project and related events, click here.

About ArtWatch DC

ART WATCH is a collective of DC/Maryland/Virginia artists who have gathered together to develop ways to use the power of visual communication to express their support for true democratic values, such as inclusion, tolerance, equality under the law, and stewardship of the environment. Our vision is for a country where we are united as one people rather than divided against each other by race, gender, class, religion or any other construct. Learn more about ArtWatchDC here.

About the Founders of ArtWatch DC

Jackie Hoysted (co-founder) a native of Ireland, is a multi-media artist and curator interested in creating awareness of social and political issues that have personal significance to her such as identity, health, feminism, economy and religion. She has had multiple solo exhibitions throughout the US and her work featured in multiple publications including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Washington City Paper and the Pittsburgh City paper.  For more information, visit her website at  www.JackieHoysted.com

Ellyn Weiss is a Washington, DC-based visual artist in two and three dimensions, as well as an independent curator, with studios in Mt. Rainier, MD and Truro, MA. She has had over 25 solo or featured shows and has participated in numerous juried and curated exhibitions. Ellyn works in a wide variety of media; the materials used in recent shows include wax, oilbar, dry pigment, wire, plastic dip and tar. Her work has for many years been inspired by the imagery of biological and natural structures and most recently, by the threats posed by global climate change. With various collaborators, she has exhibited installations dealing with the effects of the melting of the polar ice cap, the destruction of coral reefs worldwide, and the migration of infectious diseases.  For more information, visit her website at www.EllynWeiss.com

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Parenting as a Creative

And we’re back!  After a brief hiatus, the Mindfully Creative Podcast is back and looking forward to some great episodes this Fall.

The Mindfully Creative podcast explores how art is being used for personal and community healing as well as some tips on how creatives can break through barriers to make their “art” whatever that might look like. Powered by SJB Creative Ventures and Spark Your Creative.

Episode 8 focuses on the fine balance between maintaining your creative goals while parenting.  Khadijah Ali-Coleman is our guest and she is sharing some great nuggets about how she has maintained and expanded her creativity while being a parent to a teenage creative!

About Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman is founding Director of Liberated Muse Arts Group, a theater company and multi-media arts organization specializing in entertainment and educational products and services. Khadijah Ali-Coleman started Liberated Muse in 2008 as a digital community for artists of all genres to fellowship and engage with one another. Through Liberated Muse Arts group, Khadijah has edited book anthologies, produced plays and music soundtracks. She is also an emerging visual artist, her photography published in several publications and her film and video work gaining attention as she has completed commissioned projects for various clients. Her bylines and photography work have appeared in numerous publications such as SoulTrain.com, Ebony.com and The Washington City Paper.

A solo artist in her own right since the late 1990’s, Khadijah, using the stage name Khadijah Moon, has had her music, written and performance poetry work featured on PBS, Pacifica Radio, FOX News, the television show Showtime at the Apollo and other media programs.  She was awarded a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Non-Classical Music Solo Performance, debuting her first CD, titled Song of a Space Cadet in 2016, presenting music from the CD in a one-woman show presented by Artscape.

Khadijah is actively performing as both solo artist Khadijah Moon and as a member of Liberated Muse Arts Group.  She also works a creativity consultant for aspiring writers and performers, sharing her expertise weekly on the “Living Unbound” segment on WEAA 88.9FM on the show First Edition with Sean Yoes.  She also hosts the alternating monthly artist mixer series C3: Creative Creatives Creating that takes place at the rl hotel inner harbor in Baltimore, Md. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Morgan State University, pursuing a doctor of education (Ed.D) degree in higher education/community college leadership.

She is a home-schooling mother to her teen-aged daughter, Khari, a 9th grade published writer and film/theater director.

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Khadijah Ali-Coleman poses with daughter Khari, a budding creative in her own right. Image: Courtesy of Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Where to connect with Khadijah:

Twitter: @khadijahonline

Websites: BirthYourCreativity.com or TheCreativeMidwife.com (Creativity Coaching)
                 KhadijahMoon.com (Music)
                 LiberatedMuse.com (Liberated Muse Arts Group)

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