AWA NEWSFLASH: November 13 2020

AWA NEWSFLASH: November 13 2020

THE HEADLINES

  • A Very HAPPY DIWALI to All of You
  • AWA’s Cast of Characters
  • Next AWA AGORA Show, Thursday, Nov 19 at 12:00 PM EST titled “The Role of Art in Mental Wellness,” A Discussion with Cary McQueen
  • Please Register for the Show via Zoom: HERE
  • Please Watch Recent AWA AGORA Shows: HERE
  • Visit AWA’s Website HERE
  • Abhay M Wadhwa’s New Book “Contextualizing Light” is Featured HERE


AWA’s Cast of Characters


Next AWA AGORA Show – November 19 2020 12pm EST

“The Role of Art in Mental Wellness” – Register via Zoom HERE

Next Show of AWA AGORA:
We want to invite you to the next AWA AGORA show on Thursday, November 19 2020 at 12 pm EST. This is a FREE Event hosted in collaboration with Soul Studio. Register via Zoom HERE

On November 19th, our host Abhay M Wadhwa will discuss “The Role of Art in Mental Wellness” with Cary McQueen. She is is the founder and executive director of Art With Impact and is a firm believer that art is the answer (and it doesn’t even matter what the question is). She considers mental health to be the foundation of all social justice and, through Art With Impact, works to create learning environments that explore this rich subject through the power of art and creativity.

We do hope you will join us LIVE. If you cannot make it for the live event, please SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel HERE and click the notification bell when the recording is posted.

Warm wishes
Team AWA AGORA

About the Guest

Cary McQueen (she/her) is the founder and executive director of Art With Impact and a firm believer that art is the answer (and it doesn’t even matter what the question is). She considers mental health to be the foundation of all social justice and, through Art With Impact, works to create learning environments that explore this rich subject through the power of art and creativity. Since its founding, Art With Impact has gone from being a little dream in Cary’s head to an actual, impactful arts-based mental health resource serving thousands of students each year at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada and housing the most diverse library of short films about mental health issues in the world. In previous professional incarnations, Cary was the Executive Director of the Center for Arts Management and Technology, a research center at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); and a research advisor for students’ capstone projects in CMU’s Masters in Arts Management program. She has also worked as a consultant to nonprofit arts organizations to create programs and strategies that engage art enthusiasts in meaningful ways. With clients like The Andy Warhol Museum and EthnoGraphic Media she developed a wide-range of strategic communication programs from Internet-based donor cultivation and acquisition to grassroots film engagement campaigns.

About the Host

Abhay Principal of AWA Lighting Designers

Abhay M Wadhwa, Founder and Design Principal of AWA Lighting Designers, sees lighting beyond its conventional purpose. Here, he crafts a story using lighting design and technology to create moments of experience, which factor into the psyche and emotions of those who work, live or visit the spaces designed by AWA. While doing so, he is seeking innovative solutions that challenge convention while augmenting the integrity of the architects’ vision. In doing so, pragmatic lighting design nestles comfortably with artistry. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the Graduate Lighting Design Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) esteemed Lighting Research Center (LRC) from 2003 to 2020. He is also the author of the recently released book “Contextualizing Light.”

Abhay founded AWA Lighting Designers in 2002. Abhay has been quietly focused on questioning the lighting zeitgeist ever since. Based in Hudson Yards, NY, he works extensively with the world’s leading architecture and design firms in the fields of commercial and mixed-use developments, urban planning, transportation, infrastructure, hospitality, and healthcare. He is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, educator, and author of numerous advanced light engineering and cultural lighting articles. He has worked with the United Nations Foundation and NGO’s on projects that address issues that marginalize many of the world’s population. He has also been referred to as the “Poet of Light” by a Canadian journalist and in lighter moments, he takes this title very seriously.


WATCH THE NOVEMBER 5 2020 SHOW:

Watch the recording of the November 5th Show (Season 1 Episode 5) HERE

UPCOMING SHOWS

READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER TO SEE A MORE DETAILED SCHEDULE

November 26 2020:  Thanksgiving Holiday – CLOSED

December 3 2020: Art in the Public Realm
Season 1 Episode 9 – in Collaboration with Gallery AWA
Time: 12:00 – 12:45PM EST
Guest: Jon Morris
REGISTER HERE

December 10 2020: Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Season 1 Episode 8 – in Collaboration with Soul Studio
Time: 12:00 – 12:45PM EST
REGISTER HERE

December 17 2020: Improving Public Infrastructure (Last Show of the Season)
Season 1 Episode 10 – in Collaboration with AWA Lighting Designers
Time: 12:00 – 12:45PM EST
Guest: Thomas Vonier
REGISTER HERE

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