Transformation in 2021

Transformation in 2021

What has transformation felt like to you in 2021? The NEW team shares short reflections from the last 12 months. 2021 was one heck of a bag, filled with emotions, moves, accomplishments, and doubts. It was a year of finding meaning in my studies, my work, my...
To Live a Collaborative Life

To Live a Collaborative Life

For the past 10 years, my wife, Natalie Berry, and I have enjoyed a highly collaborative art-life. We take turns working on pieces or alternate roles to create drawings, paintings, costumes, and performances. Our child has been raised in the studio as an equal...
GIVE DEMOCRACY TO THE POETS

GIVE DEMOCRACY TO THE POETS

Photo credit: Moremi Akinde Last month, the world watched as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris became America’s new chief executives. The ritual of Inauguration Day is an American rite of passage. It’s the day we honor those charged by God and country to uphold the...
Gratitude as Radical Self Care

Gratitude as Radical Self Care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,” – Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light (1988). (Lorde was a Black lesbian feminist essayist, poet, and activist)  One of my self-preserving acts is...
Birthing Transformation

Birthing Transformation

I have not slept easily much recently. Thoughts of fires, hurricanes, marches, civil unrest, murder, armed citizens, confrontation, and misinformation run through my mind. It’s a struggle to keep positive while surrounded by infuriating, scary and destructive...
Who Do You Want To Be?

Who Do You Want To Be?

Say who you are.Do who you want to be. Those two lines have become my central mantra in 2020. It’s a simple message, but it’s been a guiding force for me in the maelstrom of emotions and challenges that has been this year. When I feel overwhelmed or stuck, I can move...