While Susan's hometown of Baltimore was announcing a painted streets-and-sidewalks initiative, our little Takoma neighborhood covid project -- a movement sidewalk and native plant mural -- got declared grafitti and power-washed.
However, it revealed the need for a City process for future community art projects. And it energized young activists, who held a mayoral forum on issues about young people.
Now young people in Takoma have a chance to work with Mayor Searcy and a mostly-new Takoma Park city council, to formalize a community driven approach to art (and movement and nature ed) projects.
In summer 2021, I commissioned local teens to paint native plants on 50 feet of Lincoln Ave retaining wall. Its rainbow approach affirmed and reflected the artists, my own, and the neighborhood's queer-ness.
Why did my mural get power-washed when other people's retaining wall murals get to stay? I consider it professional art, after all I paid for it.
Here's my Medium piece about the graffiti rebellion, and another about the native plant mural. This editorial explains the controversy which happened after a dcist article and TV coverage of the sidewalk and mural last days of the fight. One of the TV reporters brilliantly got me to say that it was an "unanticipated civics lesson" (take the survey, left).
— Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen]
Susan (RYT) teaches yoga with Willow Street Yoga center in Takoma Park. Trained in a variety of styles, Susan brings a blend of rigor, playfulness, and noise to her yoga classes which are mostly for kids.
Co-teaching with Deisy, Susan will lead Spring (outdoor) yoga and nature education classes for kids. Inspired by Tinkergarten and yoga teacher training, these classes blend movement, mindfulness, and environmental action. (registration coming soon)
Susan's nonprofit management, fundraising, facilitating, curriculum, and team-building advice rests on three decades of real-world education and nonprofit experience. She co-founded nonprofit wellness with Ty Powell, to serve these sectors.
Susan's interactive (online or on-site) workshops focus on brain science and increasing your teams' resilience, productivity, and joy. Great for brown bag lunches, conferences, or staff retreats. Now she also offers urban beekeeping workshops through Alveole.
"stacking tables" one of many fun acro poses. Nearly four tall here!
“Caring for myself is
not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation,
and that is an act of political warfare.”
— Audre Lorde
from her 1988 essay collection, A Burst of Light