Art Through the Intersections

Join us as we speak with innovative artisans and entrepreneurs about how art can be used in various intersections.

Art Through the Intersections

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with GWomen and Circle of Giving (@circle_of_giving) will be hosting an insightful panel that will offer a unique perspective on women owned and founded art startups and organizations.

In an age of growing technology, people often neglect the importance of art and artisans. Oftentimes, people forget that there is a rich history and culture hidden behind every piece of art or craft. This event, brought to you by the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Circle of Giving (@circle_of_giving), explores how art can be used in various intersections. Along with looking beautiful, art can be used as a form of empowerment and self expression, can improve mental health, and can open peoples’ minds and help them build meaningful relationships.

The first half of the event, people will get a chance to hear from startups and organizations that work in these intersections. Hear their advice on working with artisans and/or art and learn how they work with multiple stakeholders to support various communities. During the second half of the event you will have the opportunity to meet and speak with these thought leaders, and gain a better understanding on a personalized level.

Who knows - you might come up with a new idea for a venture or build upon the venture you already have!

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About the Speakers:

Princess Best, Creative Director and Program Facilitator of One Common Unity

The HipHopMomma Princess Best aka “The HEALACIST” is an international spokesperson for women and girls wellness, mental health and personal development through the arts. Specializing in self-awareness, self-care, self-actualization and spiritual healing, Princess currently serves as the Creative Director and Program Facilitator of One Common Unity, working in numerous schools throughout the DCPS/DCPCS system and beyond. A transformational performing arts thought leader, dynamic public speaker and influential spiritual healer, Best is known for her impactful ability to facilitate healing in spaces and creating effective arts-centered approaches to education, parenting and individual female growth.

As trained actress and Educational Emcee (Ed Emcee), The HipHopMomma coaches and trains individuals and groups in hip-hop theater, public speaking, poetry, and performing arts education. Most notably, Princess was featured on TV One's reality show “David E. Talbert's Stage Black", HBO's "THE WIRE” and as the radio voice Ford Fiestas "Inspired by Color" campaign. Be sure to check out her signature music videos entitled. "Miss Intention" and "A Black Girl's Worth." FMI visit @thehealacist (Instagram), or The HipHopMomma Princess Best - “The Healacist” (Facebook/YouTube). Contact: [email protected].

Cary McQueen, Founder and Executive Director of Art with Impact

Cary (she/her) is the founder and executive director of Art With Impact and a firm believer that art is the answer (and it doesn’t even matter what the question is). She considers mental health to be the foundation of all social justice and, through Art With Impact, works to create learning environments that explore this rich subject through the power of art and creativity. Since its founding, Art With Impact has gone from being a little dream in Cary’s head to an actual, impactful arts-based mental health resource serving thousands of students each year at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada and housing the most diverse library of short films about mental health issues in the world.

In previous professional incarnations, Cary was the Executive Director of the Center for Arts Management and Technology, a research center at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); and a research advisor for students’ capstone projects in CMU’s Masters in Arts Management program. She has also worked as a consultant to nonprofit arts organizations to create programs and strategies that engage art enthusiasts in meaningful ways. With clients like The Andy Warhol Museum and EthnoGraphic Media she developed a wide-range of strategic communication programs from Internet-based donor cultivation and acquisition to grassroots film engagement campaigns.

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About the Moderator:

Anvitha Prasad, GWSB '22, GWOIE Entrepreneurial Fellow, and Founder of Circle of Giving (@circle_of_giving)

Anvitha Prasad is a senior who is studying International Business and Marketing while minoring in Sustainability. She is a Fellow at the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is interested in social entrepreneurship. She has always been passionate about the arts through dance - she is the Finance Chair for GW Chamak, a femme inclusive mulicutlural dance organization. Here, she has performed Contemporary, Bollywood, Bellydancing, Ossetian style and Carribean style dances. She also has experience in ballet.

From her dance experiences, Anvitha understands how the arts can have a positive impact on individuals and groups. As a result, she is passionate about how art can build a community while also supporting the culture, history and artisans behind it. Her venture, Circle of Giving, is co-hosting this event.

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Learn More about GWomen:

The GWomen Initiative at GW, is an award winning program that empowers and accelerates GW students committed to women's entrepreneurship. It’s a community of GW students who get equipped with the resources, knowledge, network, and skills to transform an idea into a successful business. GWomen focuses on creating on-ramps for students committed to women's entrepreneurship, developing networks and resources, increasing funding of and capital raising, and building a robust GW community that supports women's entrepreneurship.

Learn More about Circle of Giving:

Circle of Giving is a venture that promotes economic independence for indigenious and/or local artisans. They are currently promoting Channapatna artisans’ craft in South India. They create a market in the United States by buying Channapatna art, marking up the price, selling it in the United States and giving a portion of the proceeds back to the community. In the past, Circle of Giving contributed the proceeds to provide a school bus for the children in Channapatna and funded one surgery in People Tree Hospital’s 100 free surgery campaign. In 2015, the co-founders and the family participated in an hour long interview on TV9, a statewide news channel in Karnataka, India on their work to revive Channapatna art.

Circle of Giving provides affordable and quality art for students, and young adults. They offer bracelets, bangles, key chains and knick knacks that promote mental wellness, peace and cultural understanding. Along with this, they are working to collaborate. She hopes to collaborate via workshops, events and presentations with social impact enterprises to use the Channapatna art for community development. Check them out on insta: @circle_of_giving.

Please note that this is an online event. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to all registrants a few days prior to the session.