Every year at Musea, we like to be intentional about choosing a theme that our community can meaningfully engage with throughout the circle of the seasons.
Last year, our Members enjoyed the Create The Year theme, with weekly Intentional Creativity prompts from Jenafer Joy. The purpose of this Theme was creative instigation – giving our members a shared practice they could get playful with, post about, and have witnessed in our iMusea Member app, inviting the joy of creative access in bite sized pieces! Our gratitude to the incredible Jenafer Joy for providing us with a full year of inspiring creative processes. If you didn’t have a chance to connect with the Create The Year Intentional Creativity exercises in 2021, they are available for you as a resource in the Member Resource Library.
As we approached 2022, our Membership Team brought out the magnifying glasses and looked up close at what was emerging in and through our community – what was the next theme that wanted to come through? What we began to notice was a continuous thread appearing around the powerful significance of RELATIONSHIP. We are talking capital ‘R’ Relationship – the recognition of our many layers of interconnection that is vital to our wholeness as people, our effectiveness as artists, our personal and collective healing, and our desires for a more just, kind, connected world.
In 2021, we also celebrated the life, legacy and passing of Native America Elder and Intentional Creativity Matriarch, Carmen Baraka, who had imparted her deep wisdom before walking into her future, encouraging us to embrace and live fully in the reality of our interconnection with all Life and each other. She said, “I am so proud to be indigenous. I know we have an innate spiritual sense, a great reverence for Mother Earth… and this keeps us in the arms of our Creator. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin – we are all related!” A powerful, traditional Lakota prayer, which she shared with us willingly, inviting us to inhabit and embody it fully.
We are all related. Just pause and feel the energetic power of that phrase and its resonance with the Red Thread connection that so many in our Musea community celebrate. We are all at different places in our journey of what it means to be a fully connected and conscious human being, and yet the consensus seems to be that we crave and long for deeper connection with one another, with our global family, our ecosystems, our food, our bodies, our sensuality, our creativity. There is a craving for full connection, and the healing of all that separates.
In honor of Carmen Baraka and all that she stood for, our theme for 2022 is WE ARE ALL RELATED. We will be working with this theme by providing you with monthly Relationship Exploration Inquiries into specific aspects of relationship. These Relationship Exploration Inquiries will be announced during our monthly Artist Circle (the first Wednesday of the month). They will be woven through our various membership circles, shared on Member Dashboards, as well as unique posts with prompts you can engage with in the iMusea App. You will have creative freedom to explore and engage with these inquiries in your own unique and inspired ways, perhaps by writing them in your journal, bringing them to the canvas, or creating a poem.
We would like for all members to choose a Watercolor Journal to document this year’s journey, as most of the Intentional Creativity processes shared by Shiloh Sophia and Musea Circle Leaders will be done with watercolor paper, watercolor and/or acrylic paint, markers and pens. We will be providing you with watercolor painting tips and tricks and examples along the way in our iMusea app and Member Letters to give you some inspiration!
An example of a Watercolor journal, from Curatorial Director and President, Amber Samaya.
Her journal is watercolor paper, in which she also uses watercolor paint, acrylic paint, and black pens to texture her watercolor images.
We are looking forward to this potent year of exploring Relationship, and the many powerful and beautiful ways we are all related to one another and this earth.
Thank you for choosing to journey with us in 2022!
~ The Musea Collective
If you would like to know more about Native American Elder Carmen Baraka, we encourage you to visit her SPIRIT WARRIOR Solo Exhibit Page.
Dear Musea Members!
WE are so over the moon excited to be introducing our new Member Letter format guided by our President of the Intentional Creativity Foundation, Amber Samaya! Isn’t this just beautiful? I am always so proud of our team here at MUSEA but I feel like the past year we have really gathered our wisdom and our strength to navigate these times, together.
Amber and I had the pleasure of speaking with Laura Hollick and Kevin Thom for our January show this morning and dreaming up the dream for their future museum show! I have been following Laura’s work since 2010 when she interviewed me for Soul Art TV and Jonathan and I even traveled to Canada to meet her and Kevin and be a part of Soul Art Day in 2013. What a joy it will be to share their work as both a couple and co-creatives with you – please mark your calendar and plan to join us.
I am delighted to be a part of sharing our theme for 2022 – We Are All Related – inspired by our work with Carmen Baraka and the Good Relations Pledge.
When I look at our line up of events for our members and students I could not be more overjoyed to partake in all of this beauty with you. Thank you so much for being a part of it!
In service and joy,
Shiloh Sophia standing in front of her MAVERICK canvas – ready for some rogue action!