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“I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”
-Malala Yousafzai

About The Exhibit

A Reconnection to Our Heritage
A Collaboration with Our Ancestors
A Restoration of the Ways of Our Medicine Women
A Reclamation of Ourselves…

Creamy Chocolate Caramel, artwork by Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates

Creamy Chocolate Caramel, by Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates

The freedom of mixed media and the power of the spoken word have been brought together in a union of history, heritage, and traditions found in the ancestry of women of color. Oral traditions, an integral part of many cultures, were often passed down to each generation through poetic verse, using parables and verbal imagery. The ECHOES of Poe-ARTry Exhibit is a marriage of the imagery invoked by the spoken word and the faces, textures, and colors of powerful women of color depicted through mixed media artwork.

MUSEA Co-Curator and Exhibit Visionary, Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates, envisioned this Exhibit to honor the lineage and ancestry of women of color. As a mixed media artist, Sumaiyah wanted to include the textures and tones present in these cultures. In addition, she wanted their voices to be heard — the voices of the Sacred ECHOES of the Well circle and their Ancestors. Sumaiyah wanted their strength, courage, “fiyah” (fire), and power to be echoed throughout the world through image + spoken word. As collaborators in the creation of powerful works of intentionally created art, Sumaiyah hopes that the images and words shared here will reach far and wide, uplifting all women and paying homage to the Medicine Women of these cultures who are systemically oppressed and whose work in this world is often discredited and disregarded. In the words of Sumaiyah: “Individually, we only make a peep. Collectively our voices can be heard on the highest mountaintop.” This Exhibit helps to raise the Sacred ECHOES of the Well’s collective voice.

The Artists have woven the potency of art-as-medicine into their mixed media works while honoring the powerful women in their lives and their ancestry who also carry the torch of the Medicine Woman. These women are causing and creating powerful healing salves for their souls by not only using art intentionally in this process of honoring the Curanderas, but also by adding the power of spoken word to the balm, thereby echoing the message of healing to all.

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We as a community strive to be intentional in our relationship with life, to honor the flora, the fauna, the fungi, the water, the air, the minerals, stories, cultures, traditions and sacred places of the Many Lands in which we find our sense of place and practice Intentional Creativity. We acknowledge with humility and gratitude our interconnection, our place in the cycle, and our sacred responsibility of reciprocation, love, and respect towards our precious and beautiful home, the Earth and all beings.

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Special thanks to: 

Shiloh Sophia for her dedication to ensuring that all women artists are seen and recognized.

Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates for her vision for this Exhibit and dedication to see it through fruition.

Exhibit Page Design and Concept

Amber Gould, Curatorial Director

Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates, Lead Exhibit Technologist and Designer

Kelly Bonsall, Design CoCurator
Milagros Suriano-Rivera, Design CoCurator
Jessica Richmond, Design CoCurator

Exhibit Virtual Presentation

Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates, Lead Exhibit Technologist and Designer

Collaborative Curation

Shiloh Sophia, Curator

Promotion and Communications

Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates and Amber Gould

About Sacred ECHOES of the Well

Sacred ECHOES was built to create stronger bonds with other women of color while practicing Intentional Creativity offered to help strengthen our creative self expression and witness each other in this way. This Circle also supports its members stay connected to MUSEA’s member events, exhibits, museum shows and classes.

ECHOES stands for: Ethnicity, Culture, Heritage, Oneness, and Everlasting Sisterhood…

The History of the Sacred ECHOES of the Well Circle

This sacred container was established by our Co-Founder, Shiloh Sophia McCloud in response to events happening to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color around the world so that this group of women would be supported by each other while also being part of the greater MUSEA community. Having been deeply impacted by these events, Shiloh Sophia collaborated with BIWOC members of the Intentional Creativity Guild to establish monthly Re-Membering Circles lead by Elders Semerit Strachan and Lauren Adorno-Weatherford. Through this year-long Intentional Creativity circle process, it became clear that there was a need and desire to create a permanent circle where women of color could come together to co-create healing artwork for themselves and the world-at-large as they witness, uplift, and support one another.

In 2022, Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates and Milagros Suriano-Rivera stepped into leadership roles for the MUSEA Working Group and Museum CoCurators, and were brought forward to create more engagement within the group and deeper connection to the MUSEA community and events and museum experiences.

This Circle is guided by the wisdom of Elders Semerit and Lauren, who lead the group in monthly Red Thread Circles designed as enrichment in Intentional Creativity and forming stronger bonds of sisterhood. Community engagement and connection is bolstered through activities co-created by Sumaiyah and Milagros, such as writing inquiries and once monthly open #ECHOES painting studio via Zoom.

In February 2022, Musea: Intentional Creativity Museum held its first Sacred ECHOES-exclusive Museum Show and Exhibit, Carnaval of Spirit Love. The powerful images and stories from this group of women resonate throughout our community still today. The next exclusive exhibit for this group is upcoming on August 17, 2022. Although a Circle in and of itself, it is clear that these women are still and intricate, important, and valued part of the greater Musea community.

You can view the incredible Exhibit Presentation below!

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