MOLLY: Hello and welcome to the podcast where we talk about creating experimental art and trauma-informed and sustainable ways that support artists, our communities and the organization as a whole. I'm Molly and you're listening to Any Other Anything's?
Hey all, welcome to episode one of Season two of Any Other Anything's This is Molly, so since it's episode one mostly going to be an intro here, so you know what to expect a little road map for this season since it's going to be a bit different than last season. So in this episode I will talk about a little bit around my decision with how Season 2 came to be, what it is going to be, I will talk about what you can expect in each episode and I'll also share a little bit about myself so you know this voice that's talking to you like a little bit more about me.
So Season 2 is all about creativity and trauma, two of my favorite topics to talk about and I will go into a little bit about trauma-informed creative practices, um which is a methodology that I've developed over the past 14 years or so um and like more, more to come on that. Um, but let's talk about why we're focusing on creativity and trauma so this past year it's been a little over a year I think now. Um, since I have done a real full workshop series on trauma and creativity and this is that bow and arrow, right. So in that stepping back and really taking some time to assess the work of trauma-informed creative practices and understand trauma and creativity at a new level. I've realized I've had quite, quite an evolution of how I talk about it and in the process of doing a fair amount of writing about it um for howl round, as well as some other um platforms. I, I find in those platforms I'm often forced to wear a very specific hat and what I think is so beautiful about this work and really understanding creativity and understanding trauma and how trauma-informed creative practices can be applied to various spaces like the beauty is the transferability and I wasn't really able to capture that in the writing and so here, here we are. I've turned to this platform as a way to share the transfer ability um, and be able to float between the multiple hats that I wear and I'll get to that more in a moment.
Another reason that I have chosen to focus on trauma and creativity you know as this pandemic is, I don't know, maybe wrapping up I, I'm not sure where we're at way for me. I don't know just thinking of like where we are as a society right now and naming that I'm in the U.S., I'm in Arizona. I feel that the way that I talk about creativity and trauma it's a bit counter culture from a really loud narrative out there. And, I think it's important to start bringing more awareness to this other idea of how creativity and trauma intersect. And, finally this is like the very practical business brain side of me um thinking on this one is as of right now, um so we're underneath the performing arts organization um that I founded a Grey Box Collective um and this was kind of like this offshoot thing, right. So there is no revenue coming in for this podcast, there is no funding for this podcast and for me like as a business owner as an arts entrepreneur like I'm okay with donating my time and energy to work on this podcast and and get this information out there to a certain extent, I'm not okay with asking artists to donate their time. I prefer to compensate artists for their time, it's not always much. Grey Box Collective isn't bringing in you know six, seven figures by any means; but it's something that I hold very close to a value and, so if you would like to support us in the show notes you will see ways to donate and I won't take it personally if you're like, 'I would really like Molly to talk to someone else and not just hear her voice.' Cool, I am on board with that. Um, I have a list of artists I really would love to have in Season 3 and you can in many ways like sponsoring episodes. So, if you're interested in that please let me know and more information on how to contact me through the show notes, so that's a little bit about why this season or how this season has become what it's becoming, right.
In terms of some of the structure you'll see a lot of the same familiar kind of tidbits that happen in each episode. So each episode is going to have some kind of resourcing before whatever the given topic is, we'll do some check-ins to really build on like inter-reception and and build on that that awareness within ourselves um in a really embodied state, we'll do a checkout um as well each episode. I should also name that this episode will not have those things because it's an interest. I just wanted to kind of get some stuff out there and then lastly a little bit about me.
Uh, so as I look at my professional career um and even personally like they're really two primary threads that I think will provide a little bit of context for you, um when I share throughout this season my perspective on things. So my primary thread that has really been the thing that has held my career um together is this fascination of human movement and yes dance is my primary form of that human movement, but it's also in the fitness and wellness industries, it's social justice movements, it's how individuals persist through systems like higher education, it's how mediums can move across a page or a canvas or whatever surface you are creating on top of and like the action of creativity is really where my fascination begins and kind of the second thread, if you will, uh is well what gets in the way of that, right. So, like I'm fascinated with human movement and I'm also fascinated with what interrupts it which has led me to look at things like stress trauma and burnout, look at how bodies work, uh look at injuries and that's really what led me to this work. Um, was figuring out like well what's getting in the way of it all. So, I hope that gives you a little bit of a sense of what Season 2 will bring, the episodes will also be shorter like this one. So, hopefully you can get these little sound bites and really take some time to digest them and figure out how it's going to work for you or, or if it's something that needs to you know let marinate or whatever.
I am very excited for this season! I'm very excited for what I get to share with you! Thank you for taking the time and energy to tune into this podcast. We know it's a very saturated field out there of podcasts popping up all over the place so, um know that we know you have a choice and um very flattered that you chose us. Thank you for tuning in to another episode of Any Other Anything's where we're focusing on trauma and creativity.
If you are interested in learning more, please check out the show notes. You will be able to find our self-guided workshops that are available on our website: greyboxcollective.com/shop. And, that is grey with an 'e'. There's also a coupon code in the show notes, that gives you 10% off all services, as a thank you. If you are enjoying this episode and would like more of it please consider donating through our website. Again, greyboxcollective.com/donate, so that we can continue to produce this episode and produce new work around trauma and creativity and trauma-informed creative practices.
Thank you all very much for listening. Take care of yourselves!