WORKSHOPS & CLASSES:
Tailored Specifically for Youth or Adults, Large or Small Groups - or - 1 on 1 Instruction
* LEADERSHIP: Models and theories, Interdisciplinary Learning, Training Others to Lead, Creating Learning and Coaching Organizations
* BUSINESS: Business Design, Branding, Logos, Marketing, Social Media, Sales, Portfolios, Contracts and Agreements, Fundraising
* TECHNIQUE: Painting (Traditional & Water Based Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Ink), Drawing (Pastels, Pencil, Charcoal) Monoprints (Oil & Acrylic), Digital Photography, Green Art, Group Mind-Mapping, Beading, Clay Work
* ETHICS: Designing a Moral Compass, Systems Approach to Art, The Paradigm Shift, Passing the Torch, Servant Leadership,Working with Youth & Young Adults, Giving Back: Community & Volunteering
* DIVERSITY: Cultural Competance, Facilitator Training, Creating Space for Productive Dialogues, Youth and Young Adult Training, Understanding Learning Styles, Strengths Based Teaching
ABOUT African American Fine Artist:
CAROL Rashawnna WILLIAMS
Gallery Representation: The Wikstrom Brothers Gallery, Seattle, WA: http://www.bromwikstrom.com/wikart.html
Painting and drawing since she was 5 years old, Carol is a violinist of 20+ years and played the viola for 5 years. She is a Cultural Creative/Change Agent with a Masters degree from Antioch University, Seattle, WA. Her first spoken language was English while her first written language was German. Her MA in Organizational Systems Renewal allows her to assist companies and organizations in Organizational Development. Carol's specialization is Whole Systems Design in Leadership, and Cultural Competence. Carol also received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art Advanced Studio Work at The Evergreen State College and is currently working on her PhD in Executive Leadership with an emphasis in Arts in Education, Business and for Sustainable Initiatives.
Carol is particularly interested in Art as a Pro-Active Agent for Change in Education, Business and Environmental Stewardship. This entails finding common group solutions visually, analytically, auditorily (through various learning styles) to challenges that need to be viewed from a holistic perspective. It also involves the art of facilitation; creating a sacred space to understanding collaboration as a process of phases, steps and seeds and utilizing art methodologies as a systemic tool for change. Carol believes that there are tools artists utilize often: Critique, design, collaboration, analysis and feedback which can be transfered directly to assist in solving most of the current issues faced by humanity. Her workshops are designed with these attributes built in and created from a Whole Systems Approach. Carol's belief is that art is intrinsically tied to systems theories; personal mastery, mental models, building shared vision, team learning, training leaders as designers/visionaries and as teachers or stewards of tomorrow for the generations of tomorrow. Art can be a tool to bridge divides in perspective, observation and belief systems. Carol believes art IS whole systems thinking IN ACTION and that all people have access to this knowledge, tools and awareness, they need only become aware of their strengths and then apply the learning.
Born in Topeka Kansas, she soon after moved to Germany where she was raised. In her teens Carol and her family settled in Tacoma, WA where she graduated from Mount Tahoma High School. Currently she resides in Seattle, WA. Her family is from Mississippi & Chicago, Ill. Her father, Willie C. Williams was a retired Military Veteran who served 28 years in the United States Army. Her mother (Bessie M Williams gave nearly 30 years of community service) was a long standing contributor to nearly all of the African American Churches in Tacoma, WA and was well known as a missionary for the hungry and homeless.
President Chair of the Classified Staff Advisory Committee, May 2011, Carol received 'Employee of the Year Award' for designing a visual professional staff development training model that touched on various learning styles, diversity and sustainable theology. A 2004 Artist Trust Edge Graduate, she has exhibited at Seattle City Hall Gallery, Downtown Seattle US Bank, Northwest African American Museum, 3 time Seattle Center Sundiata exhibitor and has shown at the Kaplan Tashiro Artist Collective in exhibit The Mystic Sons of Morris Graves July 2010 curated by Charles Krafft.
2010 Carol gained gallery representation by the Wiskstrom Brothers Gallery, owned and run by internationally recognized fine artist Brom Wikstrom and his brother William Wikstrom located at http://www.bromwikstrom.com/wikart.html
As a Northwest artist her focus has been the incorporation of cultural awareness/ competency via symbolic images found in all cultures, continents & belief systems all while utilizing images of trees from the NW. Her work focus' on deciphering cultural mythologies, symbols, methodologies & the female deity to create new ideas, questions & concepts regarding convergent & divergent thinking, seeing & being. Her work has a whole systems approach (collective, interactive, adaptive, positive relationship building, viewing the whole as a system of related parts) & seeks to unify cultures. Carol's work urge you to re-evaluate what positivity, belief, hopefulness, faith and action mean to you. Her work is established in the context of analytical reflections, concepts & thinking.
Carol focuses the image so that the viewer is forced to evaluate for themselves the story. The bulk of her work can be viewed/hung in which ever direction you choose & tends to incorporate elements of sustainability,whether it be on, with or echoes of recycled materials.
Carol's work has been influenced by Miro, VanGough, Caravaggio, Picasso, Matisse, Basquat, Jacob Lawrence, Models of Change, Egyptian Artwork, Asian scrolls and ink work, African American Gee's Bend Quilters and Systems Theories Thinkers such as Fritof Capra, Russell Ackoff, Peter M Senge, Geoff Bellman, Don Swartz and Marget Wheatly. Carol's major musical influences have been Prince, Tracy Chapman, Billy Holiday, Sade, Zap Mama, Enya, Bach, Eminem, Lauryn Hill, Corinne Bailey Rae, Beethoven, Bach, the Gypsy Kings, Sting, Guns N Roses, Nirvana & Bob Marley.
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Black Art in America - The #1 Contemporary Site to Find Black Artists
2012 Creating Cultural Allies Staff Training - Designed/Facilitated Large Scale Community Art Project 'What does a cultural Allie look like?'
2011 Winter Connections Event at North Seattle Community College - Designed/Facilitated Large Scale Community Art Project
2004 Private Exhibit Shoreline, WA - Journey Wall Installation; 16 paintings each measured 3x4 feet exhibited across 2 walls
2002 Organization Systems Renewal Installation at Antioch University - Floor Installation 25 feet x 25 feet
Designed circular floor puzzle. During presentation art supplies were available on tables for people to decorate 1 puzzle piece. At the end had class gather in circle & put puzzle pieces together: exercise of 'Diversity within Unity.'
1996 Upward Bound Program at TESC
Facilitated design of Upward Bound Mural, employed & counseled youth at risk & gave history of murals and art classes.
1995 Clover Park Vocational College Head Start Program
Organized parent community group and together designed & painted 'Our Home Stage Backdrop' used in the Graduation Ceremony