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Everything and everywhere starts with a story. Inspired Design will pique your visual curiosity and heighten your senses as you are transported by iconic PNW creators into the depths of their favorite iconic spaces. Explore with us familiar places and dive into never-before-shared personal, intimate sanctuaries. Honest, fun, inspiring conversations bringing you a genuine appreciation for the intricacies of design, newfound knowledge about the brilliant minds that amaze us, and the distinctiv ...
 
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Opening Doors Podcast

Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium and Jack Straw Cultural Center

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Opening Doors is a podcast about accessibility in arts and civic life, brought to you by the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium and Jack Straw Cultural Center. Now in our second season, we seek to amplify the voices of outstanding individuals with disabilities of all kinds.
 
Stumbling Toward Genius is your haven when it seems like a good idea to give up your creative dreams. Hosted by writing and creativity coach Cynthia Morris, this podcast features interviews with writers, artists, and entrepreneurs on how they overcame the obstacles in their creative process. Tune in for actionable inspiration to feel less alone and more empowered as you stumble toward your genius.
 
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Sometimes we get stuck thinking that someone else’s way should work for us, then we get frustrated when it doesn’t. Today, on Stumbling Toward Genius, I talk with my friend Cory Huff about how he is navigating his creativity his way. Cory Huff is Chief Marketing Officer at Productive Flourishing, founder at The Abundant Artist, and serial fiction w…
 
Do you have an unfinished project you’ve been working on for months, years, or maybe even decades? You know, the one you keep putting on the back burner for “some” day. But that day never seems to come? Today, we’re talking with Charlie Gilkey, author of the book Start Finishing about what happens to us when we don’t finish the projects we start, a…
 
Have you ever heard someone say something that felt like a dart to your heart? My guest on the show today, Krissy Shields, had just such an experience when she heard Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams speak about racism at Camp Good Life Project a few years ago. That moment became a catalyst for change in her and led her to host a peer group called Brave Ci…
 
Today on Stumbling Toward Genius I am excited to talk with one of my favorite people, Marcus McAllister. Marcus is a French-American professional artist based in Paris for the past twenty-five years. In his acrylic paintings and long-term Sketchbook discipline, he layers figures, animals, text, abstract signs, and mystic symbols to create meaningfu…
 
Who are you writing for? ⁠Who counts in determining what we create? Sometimes we get bogged down by the idea of what our audience, peers, or the people in our lives will think of our creative pursuits. That can lead to a muddying of the waters of the creative process. In this episode, Dallas shares how she broke through those barriers to write the …
 
What happens when you lose your mojo by making the stuff you are told to make instead of what you want to make? Today, we’re sitting down with Koosje Koene to talk about how burnout in her photography business led her to a series of dull “cubicle” jobs. It was then that she started spending all of her free time soaking in her creative pursuits and …
 
In this episode of Inspired Design, Dunn & Hobbes Founder and Principal Liz Dunn, describes the “concentric circles” of place and community that she has endeavored to build over more than twenty years through incremental redesign and redevelopment of the Chophouse Row block. She takes us to the Cloud Room, a warm and lushly appointed shared workspa…
 
Why do you read books? We might read all kinds of books, but not have an intention for our time spent with that author. What if you read books more intentionally? Nicholas Hutchison of Bookthinkers, spends his days reading books with the aim of learning, growing and applying what he’s learned right away. I love that idea, but personally don’t have …
 
In this episode of Inspired Design, we visit the architecturally stunning and artistic home of serial entrepreneur, tech and media giant, and creative mastermind Jonathan Sposato. Instead of focusing on his impressive business accomplishments we dive into his other passions and discover the intriguing things he tastefully displays around every corn…
 
You might have the dream of writing a book. Maybe you have more than one book idea. If you’re like me, you have an abundance of ideas. One of the biggest ways we stumble in our creative work is not choosing at all. This keeps us on the sidelines of our dreams. In this solo episode, you will hear a few ways to look at how to choose among your brilli…
 
You might not be the most organized person in the world. Writing a book calls for some degree of organization - your time, content, and chapters need a bit of order. Wrangling your ideas from chaos to order is part of the job of writing a book. In this solo episode, I share two challenges authors face and offer a few ideas to get it together to get…
 
In this episode of Inspired Design, get a mouthwatering education in all thing’s cocoa as Owner and CEO of Seattle Chocolate Company, Jean Thompson, gives us an inside tour of their newly renovated headquarters and factory. To top it, off she infuses her entrepreneurial wisdom leaving us ready to make the world a better place one small decision at …
 
So many people write books based on their life experiences. This does many things for us. One main gift of writing a book from your experiences is you get to reframe and process the experience more powerfully. Writing things down helps us get clarity and confidence in ways we wouldn’t just thinking about them. Writing a book of our experiences give…
 
Here’s how it often goes. We have an idea for a book. It can grow inside us for years. We love this idea and we cherish it. Our idea expands and morphs and gives us a sense of having something precious. But I believe our ideas have a shelf life. Our talents are not Twinkies with no expiration date. I also believe that making our ideas real is way m…
 
In this episode of Inspired Design, we visit renowned fine dining restaurant Canlis. Owners, Mark and Brian Canlis along with Head Chef, Aisha Ibrahim candidly reveal their altruistic philosophies that keep this 70-year-old establishment at the forefront of the industry. Gain a newfound appreciation for their obsession to detail and the design secr…
 
Pam Slim seeks to connect people as communities. She believes that through our work together, we can build the kind of world we want to inhabit. Her latest book, The Widest Net, shows business owners how to connect within communities instead of speaking from afar to audiences. In this episode, Pam shares what’s at the core of her work and how even …
 
What are your plans for your creativity next year? Perhaps you have a project in mind and can’t wait to get started. That’s me! Or maybe you don’t know what you want to work on. There are possible projects. Your friends have clear goals. But you don’t know what you want to do. In this episode of Stumbling Toward Genius, I will share a perspective o…
 
In this episode of Inspired Design, we head to the Wing Luke Museum for an exclusive guided tour of the Gerard Tsutakawa: Stories Shaped in Bronze exhibit with architect and exhibit curator, Rachael Kitagawa and exhibit developer, Blake Nakatsu. Then we have the privilege of chatting with the renowned sculptor himself at his family home and worksho…
 
At the end of the year, it’s tempting to just dive into planning for the next year. But if we don’t pause to reflect on the year we had, we rob ourselves of much of the empowerment and joy we earned through our actions. For creatives especially, doing an annual review process can give us the confidence and courage to brave new things. In this solo …
 
Voice is one of the most important elements of writing. Somehow, even though our voice is right there within us all the time, it’s oddly elusive when it comes to expressing ourselves. Mark McGuinness, the host of the podcast A Mouthful of Air, shares some surprising perspectives on how poetry helps us access not only voice but other essentials for …
 
When you’re a writer, people will often say you have a gift with language. What if we used our words as a gift? I love the idea of being generous with your words. There are a million ways to do this. I suspect you give the gift of your words all the time. In this episode of Stumbling Toward Genius, I share a few thoughts on how to use your words as…
 
In this episode of Inspired Design, Liesl Alice Gatcheco, Director of Costumes, Hair and Makeup at Seattle Opera reveals what it takes to bring a performance to life. Learn how Playboy altered her career path and how she is now paying tribute to traditional opera while developing modern performances that culturally represent our world today.…
 
Who knew that a state of wonder is a powerful skill when it comes to resiliency? Author and guide Jeffrey Davis discovered that the wonder that made him a poet and world traveler also had a role to play in his resiliency as a business owner and author. Listen in as he shares the ways he stumbled in writing this book and his simple practices to stay…
 
In this episode of Inspired Design, we meet up with artist, activist, educator and founder of Eighth Generation, Louie Gong, at his landmark store in Pike Place Market. We discuss the significance of manufacturing goods right here in Seattle and what that means for Native artists and conscious consumers. Supporting local has reached new heights!…
 
Have you ever wondered why it's so difficult to finish your creative projects? Why do you have so many great ideas but getting them across the finish line feels beyond your abilities? From helping hundreds of people through their creative stumbles, I have an idea of why it's so hard to stay focused to the finish line. I have a model in my ebook, Cr…
 
When you see an illustrated journal, it’s almost like peeking into someone’s mind. Denver designer Marty Gregg has one of the most complex and interesting visual journals I’ve ever seen. In this episode, we look at how he uses modeling and journal sketches to design work for his clients and to design a life he loves. This interview is also availabl…
 
Art making is a mysterious thing. Those of us who are called to make art can’t not do it. And yet, we’re often terrified to share what we’ve made with the world. I spoke with Lisa Sonora and she said some things about art-making and daring that might accelerate your own bold moves. Lisa recently launched a new shop filled with her cheeky and deligh…
 
Everything and everywhere starts with a story. Inspired Design will pique your visual curiosity and heighten your senses as you are transported by iconic PNW creators into the depths of their favorite iconic spaces. Explore with us familiar places and dive into never-before-shared personal, intimate sanctuaries. Honest, fun, inspiring conversations…
 
Do you suffer from having too many creative interests? You want to write, and make art, and sing, and dance. Yet you're not a one-person band. Your time and energy is limited. How do you manage all your creative desires? I feel the same way. I've always danced with a lot of different interests. In this solo episode of Stumbling Toward Genius, I sha…
 
Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, set in Paris. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into many languages. Cara's most recent book, Three Hours in Paris, is a departure from her popular series. We talk about what i…
 
When embarking on a creative project, people often say they need something I can’t give them. Permission. I’m not the authority or the all-knowing one who metes out permission. Permission comes from inside. As adults, we decide how we devote ourselves to our creative projects. While I don’t think permission comes from someone else, I do believe tha…
 
Sometimes, when we’re just starting out with a creative dream, it’s hard to know what we need. We may not be tackling a big project like a book, or a series of articles or essays. So our writing life can feel amorphous, like it’s not real. It exists inside us as a desire, but there’s not a lot of structure in the world to give it shape. We have to …
 
There are so many kinds of things we can write - the possibilities are endless. What about being known for a certain kind of writing but harboring a desire to write something completely different? I know that feeling and when I spoke with Jonathan Fields about his new book, Sparked, he revealed that there's a whole other category of books that are …
 
Have you ever noticed that the reasons we do or don't do things have different qualities? We feel some of our reasons in our gut. Other reasons flutter around our heart. For example: You may want to write your book, but your reasons or excuses look something like this: I don't have time right now. I'm unsure that my book idea is a good one. I don't…
 
Opening Doors Season 2, episode 4 features an interview with Tatiana Lee, an actress, international model, and activist born with spina bifida.Transcript at http://seattlecac.org/s/Opening-Doors-S02-Ep04-Tatiana-Lee-Transcript.pdfOpening Doors is produced by the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium and Jack Straw Cultural Center. This podcast …
 
Opening Doors Season 2, episode 3 features an interview with Vince Medrano, a queer Mexican trans man committed to mental health research and community advocacy.Transcript at http://seattlecac.org/s/Opening-Doors-S02-Ep03-Vince-Medrano-Transcript.pdfOpening Doors is produced by the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium and Jack Straw Cultural C…
 
Opening Doors Season 2, episode 2 features an interview with Elsa Sjunneson, an award-winning deafblind writer and editor.Transcript at http://seattlecac.org/s/Opening-Doors-S02-Ep02-Elsa-Sjunneson-Transcript.pdfOpening Doors is produced by the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium and Jack Straw Cultural Center. This podcast was made possible …
 
Opening Doors Season 2, episode 1 features an interview with Nasreen Alkhateeb, an award-winning cinematographer, whose work amplifies underrepresented voices.Transcript at http://seattlecac.org/s/Opening-Doors-S02-Ep01-Nasreen-Alkhateeb-Transcript.pdfOpening Doors is produced by the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium and Jack Straw Cultural…
 
We have more resources than ever to bring our creative ideas to life. Yet we still get stuck and often abandon our dreams for our books, art, or businesses. Maybe it’s not because you are incompetent or not talented enough. What if the creative process just inherently has hurdles that we all have to overcome? What if those obstacles are gifts for y…
 
On this episode of Inspired Design join us as we get an inside look at one of the most iconic PNW family-owned establishments, the Flagship Uwajimaya Market. Denise and Miye Moriguchi, the 3rd generation powerhouses leading the business, tour us through the much-loved store while teaching us about its less-known past. Uwajimaya is synonymous with t…
 
In this episode of Inspired Design, Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, a prominent scientist, technologist, inventor, author, and food photographer takes us on a tour through his Modernist Cuisine studios in Bellevue, WA. Get a glimpse into his wild world of creation and hear his hope for Seattle as we contemplate how imperfect design is a common thread through …
 
In this episode of Inspired Design, LaNesha DeBardelaben, President and CEO of Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) meets us at her place of inspiration, the Douglass-Truth branch of the Seattle Library. LaNasha will reveal her historical twin and help you find yours while taking you on a soulful journey that transcends time and space. Visit th…
 
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