"To really transform our society we will need to make justice one of the most pleasurable experiences we can have."
~adrienne maree brown
I want to work and create and build with people who:
Want to find their place in the world, leaving it better than they found it
Have gotten knocked down by the world and gotten back up
Don’t fit the molds currently available in the world and forge new ones
Want conceptual frameworks, operational systems, and adaptive practices
Desire alignment within, between, and around
Have visions to manifest and gifts to cultivate
Have courses to map and values to guard
Have curiosities to quench and pains to heal
Have one mouth and two ears to listen more than speak
Have hands to serve and feet to wander
Have healing to bring no matter where they go
Can’t stop creating. Won’t stop creating.
Potion-making for Cultural Equity in Iowa Summer20
Emerging from an Iowa Arts Council-funded project, Jonny Stax and a creative crew of artists, educators, healers, entrepreneurs, and organizers are launching Potions for HumanityTM. Based on the old medicine shows of the late 1800s, this potion show engages people in brewing their own healing tinctures through storytelling, power-sharing, and artmaking. This summer, we are calling all creative Iowans to make potions that conjure the powers we need to adapt toward more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (JEDI) artistic practices and communities. We kicked off a virtual potion-making process at Art Week Des Moines, turning daily lunchtime sessions into a series of instructional videos. Now, you can make a potion on your own time, leading up to the Iowa Arts Summit on August 7. Click here to learn how.
Read Jonny’s open letters to Iowa creatives and more about his journey here.
We have a dynamic group of creative artists, entrepreneurs, healers, educators, and movement builders who can bring the creative force into your organizational, community, or religious setting. You can see our list of consultants and coaches with whom we have worked and could get you in contact with here.
We can also put together a team for one-time or long-term engagements. We specialize in JEDI Transformation, Creative Design, Adaptive Planning, and Strategic Convenings. If you are a member of the creative force or come from a marginalized group in society, we are especially interested in working with you and can accommodate very diverse budgets. Contact us for consultation.
Tracking our Movements
From puppet choreography for electronic dance music (EDM) videos to conversations on race, we are out there creating magic. Please sign up to stay connected. Follow Jonny on social media. We will keep you posted as fun things emerge-like this article hilighting Jonny's participation in Nuggets of Wisdom, conversations about race and queerness.