How to Shop Small, Support Local and Show Up

How do you support the small businesses in your neighborhood? We’re talking the businesses that employ one to twenty employees. The businesses that start with a bootstrapped budget and a big idea. The businesses that often begin right in our own homes (hello, first-time founder), on our blocks, and at our community markets. This article …

Have You Fallen for the Myth of ‘I Can’t Draw’? Do it Anyway – and Reap the Rewards

Drawing is a powerful tool of communication. It helps build self-understanding and can boost mental health. But our current focus on productivity, outcomes and “talent” has us thinking about it the wrong way. Too many believe the myth of “I can’t draw”, when in fact it’s a skill built through practice. Dedicated practice is hard, …

How to Nurture Creativity in Your Kids

Parents who want their kids to be more creative may be tempted to enroll them in arts classes or splurge on STEM-themed toys. Those things certainly can help, but as a professor of educational psychology who has written extensively about creativity, I can draw on more than 70 years of creativity research to make additional …

Collage Journal Practice With Sarah Greenman

Journaling visually together is a beautiful way to process feelings for children and adults. It also helps express hopes and dreams to loved ones and ourselves. In the video below, creative alchemist, artist, storyteller, writer, and facilitator Sarah Greenman graciously shares a tutorial for making a visual collage within the framework of a journal practice. …

10 New Year’s Quotes by Women Creatives to Inspire You

New Year’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year, with nearly the entire world recognizing its significance. Below are 10 quotes by women creatives that will inspire you over the next twelve months. 10 New Year’s Quotes by Women Creatives to Inspire You “The future belongs to those who believe in …

Undeniable Link Between Inspired Creativity And Changing The World

Everyone is creative, and we all change the world with what we bring into it. When Debbie Millman’s mother was moving house, she asked Debbie to come over and sort through boxes of things she’d made as a child. Unbeknownst to Debbie, mom had kept her childhood art all these years. Debbie is now a …

Visual Artist and Muralist ZuZu Perkal

ZuZu Perkal first arrived in Austin to pursue an advertising degree at the University of Texas. After graduation, Perkal spent several years working at various creative agencies and organizations before realizing her dream of becoming a full-time visual artist and muralist. She is also a yoga instructor and serves on the Board of Directors for …

10 Female Artists to Follow on Instagram

This list includes women who are part of the Girls That Create Creator Spotlight series. It features visual artists creating on their own terms, from muralist ZuZu Perkal to the creative alchemist, artist, storyteller, writer, and facilitator Sarah Greenman. 10 Female Creator Spotlight Artists to Follow on Instagram Sarah Greenman The arts have always been …

Giving Gifts That Make Your Daughter Feel Deeply Seen

Gift-giving is not a straightforward affair. I remember one childhood December at my aunt’s farm. It was a holiday gathering of adults upholding a variety of religious and non-religious beliefs and a clutch of over-excited children who knew that December holidays, for whatever reason, meant presents. My parents, exhausted from a long year with two …

Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler

This past September, the Blanton Museum of Art opened up Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler, Abstraction, and the Language of Print. The show, a generous gift by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, will stay open until February 20, 2022. It is an experience both Austinites and tourists should put on their must-do list when visiting the Texas city. …

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