Category Archive: Community Outreach

2016, I Hope The Doorknob Hits You On The Way Out! Year In Review.

I don’t know what the future holds, but I can tell you what’s happened! I feel like I have moved into another level of awareness. For some years I’ve ONLY been familiar with “change as a constant,” but now it’s all settling down. I’ve created stability when I didn’t expect it. I’m stoked about the future and have met most of my professional goals and then some. But personally, I’m DONE with 2016! It’s been as rough as it has been phenomenal. It’s been a test and if we get to 2017 we’ve passed…because so many GREATS, in my Life, won’t  see it. This year opened with the untimely demise of one of my DEAREST friends, things didn’t let up much after that. I just kept going…I have too.
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Creative Oasis: The Mission

Pondering over what I’ve learned this year through EforAll Southcoast’s Accelerator Program and the School of Hard Knocks have my gears whizzing like CRAZY!!! I have direction and fuel to get this operation functioning at peak capacity. But where am I going with this idea, goal, responsibility? What is the CREATIVE OASIS? What am I doing with this business? My answer…what NEEDS to be done. In EVERY DAMN WAY POSSIBLE I will be QUENCHING CREATIVE THIRST!!! I plan on alleviating the stress of the times by providing the public venues with creative outlets. I plan on revolutionizing education system with what is foolishly being reduced in at schools…Art.

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#CohortLove – The EforAll Southcoast 2016 Summer Accelerator Experience – Part One

Bittersweet describes this experience for me in one word. I feel like life is the same with its good and evil, positive and negative, black / white and so on. These last twelve weeks have challenged me but even better it’s proven some things. The Creative Oasis concept has quenched some of my needs too. It’s introduced me to the business world equipped. Even MORE, equipped to get the answers I need if I can’t figure it out. These valuable resources are the difference in who I was as an entrepreneur and who I can be. I learned “The Entrepreneur” is a builder of Dreams. EforAll South Coast gave me the tools to build whatever I want. I’m building the answer. The answer to get New Bedford up “the lists” of Top Cities for Artists. The answer to at-risk youth having options for their futures (without student loans). Which will ALSO be the answer to supplementing art education need in ALL systems of education.

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I AM A MASTERMIND…ADVENTURER!!!

As much as I write about things around the City and of all the hustling I get done in the City, working with the Home Schooling community has ALWAYS been some of the MOST rewarding! From my FIRST session to the latest, it’s given me a glimpse of what the future of education will be, and what I can do to help move that vision along!

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Physicians to Prevent Opioid Abuse Campaign: Reclaiming New Bedford From Addiction

It’s not just “A small world” in the City of New Bedford, when it comes to networking, business and downright everything else; it’s compressed and and overlapping like the BEST game of TWISTER you EVER played! The networking is good and the opportunities run deep if you are focused, consistent and deliver…among other things.
Running into a Facebook friend Dr. Michael Rocha at BVO (Big Value Oulet) turned into something more when I realized I was also already a degree in contact with him through his his two sons in my painting sessions. The doctor and I have met a few times and there are BIG PLANS in the future for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Bedford and myself in the near future! What I didn’t know is that I’d end up working with the lovely and talented entrepreneur Tracy Barbosa (who has had her daughter in my last Gesture Drawing & Comics classes)! Class was in session for me as there were two major projects we needed to tackle! Along with being in the 2016 EforAll ACCELERATOR PROGRAM, June proved to be the month that things kicked up SEVERAL NOTCHES!

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EforAll’s 2016 Summer Accelerator Program – Orientation and Program Overview

The VERY BEGINNING of the 2016 ACCELERATOR PROGRAM had us off and running! I have the pleasure of being associated with members of the previous cohort. I just about interviewed a couple of them, lucky for me the next brain I was going to pick was our speaker for the day, Man Of The Hour, Aaron Wilson of LEAD THE BASELINE!

“Lead the Baseline helps people establish their baseline and teaches practical leadership skills, growing people into the leaders they want to be.”

– Aaron Wilson

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EforAll’s 2016 Summer Accelerator Program – Mentor Matching Magic

The fortune of being in the 2016 SUMMER ACCELERATOR Program will be established in this first paragraph. There was NO application fee (Free to apply). NO financed payments for THREE top notch mentors (Free guidance, advice & support). The intensive workshops twice a week (Free as a Jay bird). The word “free” began to bother me the more it popped up in my mind, because its connotation doesn’t give ANY value. I felt lucky before, but now I realized the information and tailored attention I’m being given in this program is PRICELESS!!!

There are SO MANY personal correlations and relationships that got me interested. I REEEALLY wanted in once I saw how it sharpened and polished people I considered sharp and polished. The MAIN draw is the custom mentoring from SUCCESSFUL PROFESSIONALS who are choosing to give their time and expertise to help me get the focus and edge I need to be a successful entrepreneur. Many of these mentors are locals, which for my business make a BIG DIFFERENCE!

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I’m a FINALIST in EforAll’s 2016 Summer Accelerator Program!!!

It was announced about two weeks ago in an email from EforAll’s Program Manager Jeremiah Hernandez (of U.G.L.Y. Gallery fame), that I’m a FINALIST in the 2016 SUMMER ACCELERATOR PROGRAM!

Here’s a program description: Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Finalists [in the ACCELERATOR] receive three months of incredible mentorship & weekly workshops, free office space, access to technical experts, and the opportunity to compete for $30,000 in cash prizes to launch your business.

This is what I’M IN Happy People!!!

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The Creative Oasis: Youth Art Project MAKES IT HAPPEN!!! Part I

I consider serving my community as an obligation for making a living here. It’s doing my part to contribute to the sustainability of the community AND conservation of the culture.

Whatever sings to you DO IT…TODAY!!! I will confess I had NO IDEA what I was doing, but I was compelled and for the FIRST TIME, I REEEEEALLY followed through with a BIG project of my own AND had measurable success. The reward was in the service to the underprivileged and at-risk youth of New Bedford, BUT also in creating a KICK-ASS team of artists and young people. There was PLENTY of joy in seeing what the CREATIVE OASIS: YOUTH ARTS PROJECT meant to those who needed it!

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CLOTHING OPTIONAL EXHIBITION / DRAWN OUT OF LIFE FUNDRAISER

The month of April is going to be a busy month for the HUSTLE FOOT CLAN. Kicking off the month of April will be Gallery X’s CLOTHING OPTIONAL EXHIBITION and the DRAWN OUT OF LIFE Fundraiser! BOTH will be taking place Saturday April 9th! Closing out the month from Monday, April 18th – Friday 22nd, will be the CREATIVE OASIS: YOUTH ART PROJECT, where local artists will be teaching fine arts to the youth of New Bedford for FREE!!! This program is being implemented to offer creative and constructive options for the youth. Any time in the street is ENOUGH time to get in trouble.

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