Dear Musea Members and guest readers,
Community consists of a commune (community) and unity (community)…
The definition of “commune” is: “a group of people who live together and share responsibilities, possessions, etc.”1. And “unity” is defined as: “the state of being in agreement and working together; the state of being joined together to form one unit.”2 Our global world is one gigantic community. Our country is one community. Our state is one community. Our neighborhood is one community. You get the picture… A community can be defined and depicted as many things – both large and small.
Most of us probably don’t think about community past our neighborhood, spiritual institution, or school. But we really are all in this together… What we do here in America eventually affects the greater global community in Africa. Global warming is named as such because we all are affecting the natural properties and weather patterns of Mother Earth. And the global community becomes even farther reaching when we take into consideration our non-human community members: animals, plants, trees, insects, etc.
If I consider the inquiry: What does community mean to me? immediately I briefly envision the greater global community. But then, I go right to the community of Red Thread sisters that I am fortunate enough to be part of, and that community is a smaller representation of the global community. I am afforded the opportunity to commune in unity with women from all around the world. This Intentional Creativity community is a true representation of the cultures present in the world at large and allows me to easily realize my part in the greater global community in which we all live.
To drill down even further, community means to me a group of people – related and unrelated – that are working together for the betterment of their individual and collective lives. This is what Intentional Creativity brings to me. We, through image + word and symbol, are working together to better our world and the world around us. The Intentional Creativity community is working to leave its mark on humanity for at least 100 years, but we hope that it will far surpass that goal. This community wants the world to know about the healing power of creating with intention – now and forever. This group has communed together in unity to individually and collectively become “healed enough” to make their world and the world around them a better place to co-exist.
This is what community is to me. This is my community. I have found my people!
For over 10 years now, I have relished in the sustained and meaningful connection with the other sisters in the Red Thread Community. It has allowed me to clearly define my Self as an artist, author, and educator. I have made many great connections in my local community through my sharing of Intentional Creativity – both from my home studio and my external studio (DIVA Empowerment Studio located in Baltimore Maryland, a Musea Global Center). My students and the friends made at the DIVA Empowerment Studio are an extension of the greater Red Thread community of sisters, which is an extension and image of the greater global community.
My community is representative of the world community. We are each striving to heal through and share Intentional Creativity. Our intention is to ensure that this healing modality out lives us all and carries on through eternity. And we are doing it for the betterment of ourselves, the world around us, and the world at large. This, for me, is community. This is the definition of commune + unity. The Intentional Creativity community is a group of people sharing the responsibility of spreading the goodness of Intentional Creativity and sharing in the possession of the artwork that is created through our efforts, all while being in agreement that Intentional Creativity heals us and can heal others.
Community… What does it mean to you?
Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates is an Artist, Author, and Educator. She is also a Musea Board Member, Co-Curator, Intentional Creativity Teacher, Coach, and Guide, and an active Guild Member. Sumaiyah has used Intentional Creativity in her personal life to heal from the old stories so that she could become healed enough to create new stories for her own life while being a Creative Catalyst in the lives of others who are seeking to heal through art + words and symbol.
Sumaiyah’s path has led her to launch D.O.T.S. of Dopeness – Domestic violence Outreach for Transformation and Support – an Intentional Creativity community for victims and survivors of intimate partner abuse, helping them to thrive and not just survive by using Intentional Creativity as the vehicle to help them become healed enough in order to do so. She has plans to open Cosmic Creativity Camp at her DIVA Empowerment Studio in the Summer of 2022. A camp for girls aged 10 to 16 with the intention to teach them how to use Intentional Creativity as sacred self-care in order that they will be strong enough to avoid the pitfalls of domestic violence and/or be wise enough to see the signs and course correct their steps so they don’t fall victim to this heinous crime. Sumaiyah is a survivor of intimate partner abuse who healed her Self with the tools of Intentional Creativity and is now thriving. Find out more about Sumaiyah and her work at www.divaempowermentstudio.com.