“Well Hello Again,” My Faithful Subscribers and Patrons,
I have been gone on medical leave for a few months now, OK a year!!!! And I’m very happy to have my vision back, to be able to see this screen again, and aggregate keystrokes, to culminate a completely written original article, for my new and old subscribing patrons. I’ve been called a “medical miracle,” by some of the medical professionals, that have handled me through my 3 weeks of ICU treatments, for a blood glucose issue…that issue being called the “Flatbush Syndrome,” a new emerging hybrid Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes. And my issue was blood glucose that normally is 80-140 on scale, last December 2014 mine was 8 times off the chart at 821!!
But, I’m still here to tell you about someone else who is “off the charts, figuratively,” Ms. Nicole Emanuel, Executive Director of InterUrban ArtHouse. Who started this extremely successful nonprofit about 3 years ago, based in downtown Old Overland Park, by the Farmers Market area. Which is were Blackberry Castle Productions/Photography, inc. has been blessed, to be officing. and added to her NEA Pilot Program, of 9 Studio Artists, who are now temporarily housed at 8001 Conser Suite #290 Lower Level, since moving from our Floyd address, to the new Conser address, a year ago December 2013.
Nicole Emanuel, Nick Carswell(Assistant Executive Director), and Lauren McGill-Ashley(Assistant Office Administrator), have joined together professionally, and are managing the 9+ Studio Artists, who run their art businesses under the NEA Pilot Umbrella, administered by Dr. Jane Chu NEA President, recently appointed by President Barack Obama. Nicole is originally a native New Yorker, as Nick is from across the seas and is from a lush, green country called Ireland. And in his spare time from IUAH(InterUrban ArtHouse), he professes to be a pretty good musician, for a band he put together here in America, called Carswell & Hope. Last but not least, the recently hired piquish, cinnamon sprite, who just bubbles over with positive synergy daily, and who also is an accomplished artist and sculptor, is Lauren from Tulsa,Oklahoma.
A backstory on The Founder and Executive Director, Nicole Emanuel,(artist, sculptor, grant writer, lecturer, nonprofit activist) is that she has been a highly decorated & news media publicized Artisan, since the days of her 10 year tenure in San Francisco, primarily coordinating community public murals and since she was proficient in diagrammatic readings, she assisted other artists in the Bay area, to get their warehouse living spaces, up to code standardizations in Project Artaud. This was before she moved on in the 1980’s to Minneapolis, with her husband Luke McGlynn and worked with a mentor at Artspace, Ross Currier, now Executive Director for Northfield Development Corporation. But, they both assisted and worked tirelessly, in the lasting legacy of what is now, one of the largest nonprofit organizations of its type, in the United States called Artspace. Whose main premise and mission, was that property is to be owned by the nonprofit, in hopes of establishing long-term, neighborhood economic stabilization and revitalization, in Minneapolis. Nicole continued to spearhead this project called “Frogtown Family Lofts,” until she and her husband moved to Wisconsin for about 4 years to take care of her husbands Dad, who passed away during that period of time. Afterwards a joint decision was made to start a family back in Kansas. And after the kids were in elementary school, Nicole went back to school and read up on various studies on O.P. that artists were moving to one of the richest counties nationwide in the top 10-2008. Plus, that Johnson County ranked percentage-wise in the Top 4% in the nation, for active arts participation, according to (Local Arts Index Report for Johnson County,” Americans for the Arts, 2010) Johnson County supports 1,936 arts related businesses employing 7,414 people, is an oft-cited data point at IUAH HQ(one that also comes from the 2010 study…article by David Hudnall/Pitch) more info click here
We have followed the ‘day to day’ operations at InterUrban ArtHouse, and one thing that was constant, was positive proactive, confident, managing skills, deployed by Nicole, Nick, Lauren and the IUAH Board of Directors. To keep this growing, nonprofit behemoth, right-side up and sailing “full speed ahead!” It is gaining, ground, voyagers and speed daily, as it keeps its stern pointed toward the promised land, via its Capital Campaign for 8.5 Million dollars, to refurbish and rebuild the old neighborhood corner Post Office at 80th. Conser. Plus, add the new legacy of Overland Park Sculpture Garden Dreams, not only on architectural renderings, but to every able-bodied artisan, who believes this reckoning is coming, lead by the sassy, effervescent, quirky Commandress, Nicole Emauel and her vetted teams.
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