Big announcement time – I’m thrilled to share that I’ve joined The Phoenix Theater Company as Institutional Advancement Manager! I will be establishing relationships with corporate partners in the community and expanding the portfolio of donors through grants and sponsorships. I’m excited to be working with such creative people and to advance an organization I’ve been a fan of for a long time. I can work from home some and work on the incredibly amazing theatre campus, too. My office is steps from backstage so you know I’m in my element! Be sure to stop by my office the next time you see a show or hit the ArtBar and Bistro during the amazing 101st season (when we reopen)! How will this change the focus of this blog? That remains to be seen but what won’t change is my passion and commitment to public schools, students, and teachers. Taking a step out of the system may allow me fresh ways to view it and create change in new ways. I may write more about wellness and self-care and I’m sure I will write more about equity and privilege. On that note, are you looking for ways to make a difference in the world today? Here’s one: Join your local NAACP chapter. I’m a proud member of the West Valley NAACP. I value the community, what I learn, and the opportunity to grow with people I respect who are committed to change. Join me and let me know when you do. Find your local chapter here. Here’s another: If you are a white person interested in doing more, please consider reading White Fragility. Racism is a structure, not an event. From White Fragility I learned we need to have conversations about HOW our own racism manifests, not IF, and what to do about it.
Stay tuned, folx, this is only the beginning!