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.

11 (2)
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)

Listen to the podcast below:

Judging and Celebrating a Book by It’s Cover

I have become a big fan of the new Bravo TV series “Work of Art”.   I don’t always agree on who wins a challenge (actually on all of the reality competition series I watch, I rarely do), but I get more from the kind of commentary the judges have as they make their decisions about the artwork that is created.

For those of you who don’t know, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist  is one of the newest reality competition shows, which features fourteen contemporary artists who battle it out creatively each week to become, well, The Next Great Artist (as well as a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and a cash prize). It is hosted by art enthusiast China Chow who serves on the judging panel along with art world heavyweights Bll Powers (gallery owner and literary art contributor), Jerry Saltz (art critic for New York Magazine) and Jeanne Greenberg Rhoatyn (curator and owner of Salon94 gallery).  Renowned art auctioneer, Simon de Pury serves as the mentor to the contestants. Work of Art is a creative project of actress and producer, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Last Wednesday’s episode was entitled Judging a Book by It’s Cover which the artist met with the President and Publisher of Penguin Books, who “guides them through the impressive history of the marriage of art and literature.”  For the elimination challenge, the artists were required to create an innovative cover art for a classic

I watched the episode with great enthusiasm since my artwork, a mixed media collage entitled “Believe”  was selected for a cover of a book a little more than a year ago (not through a formal competition, mind you!).  And, during the month of June the book “Liberated Muse Vol. 1: How I Freed My Soul”, edited by Khadijah Ali-Coleman for Liberated Muse, celebrated it’s first anniversary of publication.  The book is also now available in the DC Public Library, creating a wonderful opportunity for residents of the district to check out the book which includes poetry, short stories, as well as artwork from members of the creative social network, Liberated Muse. 

Kudos to Liberated Muse for a wonderful publication and enabling an even larger audience to experience the work!