Karen Jones Meadows

Karen Jone

                          Karen Jones Meadows                                                                                                                              Harmonizing Artist & Intuitive Conduit

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CULTURE IN THE QUARTER

ARTS, RELATIONSHIPS, INGENUITY,

CUISINE, REBELLION 

This workshop shares perspectives of African American resilience and creativity during the period of U.S. enslavement, and also addresses what enslaves people now! 

Spurred by historical media clips; period performances; visual and literary arts; artifacts; and recipes; participants learn that there was life beyond the tedium and torment of daily U.S. enslavement. The human spirit soared despite circumstances. In small groups or independently, participants create scenes, dances, songs, visual art, stories, poetry, etc., depicting resilient elements of the past or what is happening in the present.  There is always sharing personal expression.

TOWERS OF POWER & ALTARS THAT ALTER

THESE WORKSHOPS INSPIRE A LIFETIME OF SELF-AWARENESS,  LOVING FULFILLMENT, & SERVICE TO OTHERS!

Participants design “Towers of Power” or “Altars That Alter” for their business; organization; community; educational institution; social, spiritual, or cultural center; family; etc.  Unique brainstorming exercises lead to collective envisioning and then  physical creation of interactive healing towers that that can be visited by others.  Each tower exemplifies a life category such as, relationships, home, education, emotions, creativity, and is infused with desired outcomes and standards of success in the specific area of focus. Towers of Power can be permanent indoor or outdoor fixtures, or temporary structures disassembled after pictures are taken, documenting them for further use. Sessions are customized to accommodate specific goals, themes, needs, and age ranges.  There is always group sharing, and sometimes public follow-up events.

DRAMA AS A HEALING ART

Lose The Drama, Design Your Karma, And Soar       

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Workshops, events, and ceremonies meet your specific needs.  Fun, flexible, and enlightening, each serve as lifelong tools, and ongoing inspirations. 

Representative Touring Workshops

*United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Event, “Revolutionary Healing… Full Spectrum Healing With Heart” Panel, Presenter, and Performance Excerpt, NY


*XVI International Conference: African and Afro-American Culture, Presenter, Santiago, Cuba


*UNESCO International Conference: New Approaches in Interpreting and Representing Slavery in Museums and Sites, Presenter, and Performance Excerpt, VA


*Teacher Education Advisement & Partnership Center, Curriculum Development, and Recurring Drama As A Healing Art Workshops, Central State University, OH


*Amistad Commission, Summer Curriculum Institute for Teachers, Workshop Facilitation, Culture in the Quarter: Arts, Relationships, Ingenuity, Cuisine, and Rebellion, NJ


*University of Missouri, Columbia, Workshops, Culture In The Quarter, and Towers of Power, MO


*Global Summit, Council on International Relations, Building Altars That Alter for Global Peace, NM *Children’s Defense Fund, Summer Institute, Towers of Power Workshops, TN


*Association of International Schools in Africa – Keynote Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator in Cote Ivoire, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.
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PARTICIPANT EXPERIENCES

“Dear Karen: You use your remarkable, graceful and exceptional talents to the most honorable causes – to enlighten and uplift people to the mountain top. Who you are, and what you do now – your personal journey, including your determination  to conquer stuttering, is a  potent example of  fortitude. Continue to “Return” and inspire. Respectfully,   Lawrence.”  Lawrence  Jardine,  Founder, Antigua Barbuda Youth Enlightenment Academy

“I  thoroughly enjoyed the “Altars that Alter” workshop! I see this as a practice that I can use to bring my own personal vision for all aspects of my life into focus.   Najeebah Jannah, Consultant, Chicago

 “My husband and I had the opportunity to take our oldest daughter to the Culture in the Quarter Workshop at the Gantt Center in Charlotte, NC. It was phenomenal! Ms. Jones Meadows’ presentation was dynamic and engaging, and served as a uniquely powerful way for us to engage our 9-year-old daughter in a conversation about the legacy of slavery in a manner that highlighted the tremendous resilience and ingenuity of our ancestors. Several days later we had the opportunity to see “Harriet’s Return.” Words cannot express the power of this show. It is more than a play; it is a spiritual experience.” – Dr. Gina Newsome Duncan, Charlotte, NC