Jacquelyn joined the CSC team in 2018 as an artist in the Social Imagination Project. She is an experienced birth doula, usui reiki master, accomplished writer and artist. Jacquelyn has studied with several energy healers over the years to include her certification in the Grand Trine Tantra Energy System which focuses on life design, abnormal psychology, relationship fitness, and intimacy training. Her current practice focuses on supporting women and girls with birth and postpartum doula services, wellness workshops, moon cycle celebrations, and Usui Reiki healing sessions. It is her belief that through traditional methods of herbal healing, the arts, community support, and emotional well-being, each of us can heal ourselves, our families, and our world. Awaken.

Franklin CruzFranklin Cruz | Consultant | Facilitator | Artist |
Franklin has been bringing his shine to CSC since 2016. He is a Denver-based poet with interests in Science, Dance, and Culture.  He is a graduate of Biology at Metropolitan State in Denver, and also works at the Museum of Nature & Science.

IMG_6970Sarah Iverson | Consultant | Facilitator | Artist |
Sarah joined CSC in 2017 as a facilitator, artist, and graphic designer. Founder of Curious Sunshine, Sarah comes from Central California and recently moved to Colorado where she got a M.A. in Environmental Leadership. Through her journey, she has been inspired to create a space for women and children of color to reconnect with nature, incorporate more mindfulness and meditation, play more, celebrate our diversity, and honor the curiosities in life. She considers herself one of the many fringe-dwelling, quirky, black girls that need a place to be authentic and empowered; which was the motivation behind creating her health and wellness business, Curious Sunshine. She has always seen the magic in life and tried too hard to not let the demands and ideologies of society dim that inner sunshine. As an artist, she learned from many of amazing role-models that one of the easiest ways to disrupt the status quo is through art, self-love and thinking outside of the box.

SarahSarah Naomi Jones | Consultant | Facilitator | Artist |
Sarah joined CSC in early 2017 as a facilitating artist and consultant. She brings her moving vocals, yoga, healing arts, and compassionate educational practice to many facets of CSC’s work. Sarah is also the founder of Kin Art Upcycled Sewing and Sustainable Fashion, and a yoga instructor with Satya Yoga Collective, as well as the Healing Garden.

MauriceMaurice Ka | Consultant | Facilitator | Artist |
Maurice has been a facilitator and consultant for Creative Strategies for Change since 2017. He is a versatile and dynamic facilitator who has been a community organizer and curator of arts and activism for nearly two decades. He has worked with numerous groups and organizations including Children’s Hospital and Denver Buddhist Cultural Center. In addition, Maurice is part of the Rosehouse Botanicals team and the man behind the magical creations of @theblusaint.

BiancaBianca Mikahn | Program Manager | Facilitator | Artist | Consultant |
Bianca Mikahn has been working with CSC as an artist and facilitator since 2017. She recently joined the administrative team as the Program Manager, already bringing tremendous insight and leadership managing the School Programs and Community Cypher Series. Originally from Denver, Mikahn is an emcee, poet, digital composer, cultural activist and educator. Mikahn is currently Executive Director of youth mental health based program, Check Your Head, and a Partner Artist with leading creative educators Think360 and Youth On Record. Addressing stigma reduction and mental health for marginalized peoples, Mikahn recently explored these themes through a TedX talk titled “From scars to Strength; The Poetry of Recovery”. Whether performing alone or with her self-produced duo The Maybe Sos, her stage presence and lyrical content have earned multiple nominations for “Best Emcee” as well as a feature in the “100 Colorado Creatives” series from Denver’s Westword publication. She has shared stages at Regis University, University of Denver, the Chateau de La Napoule in Nice, France and Stockholm Sweden’s historical Fylkengin Theatre. Her lyrical work has been featured in social justice studies at Wyoming University and University of Northern Colorado. Her current efforts are focused on honing social emotional learning and arts-based facilitation to encourage trauma informed care and Mental Health First Aid (adult and youth modules) in under-served communities.
Niyankor joined the CSC team early 2019 as an intern. She is an artist & muse based in Denver, CO. She loves existential crisis in nature, long jogs to nowhere, and chasing sunsets. Her work is inspired by Mother Earth & Grandmother Moon’s beauty, who she believes are the greatest artists & muses. She wants her art and life to be as colorful as the Earth & breathtaking as the moon. 

Toluwa has been working with CSC as an artist since 2017. She is a Nigerian poet, performer, and workshop facilitator based in Denver, Colorado. She is a Brave New Voices international slam champion, a Denver city slam champion, and author of an upcoming chapbook. She has been a member of the Denver Minor Disturbance youth poetry team, and is currently a member of the Slam Nuba poetry team. In 2015 she was announced as Denver’s first Youth Poet Laureate.

IMG_0613-150x150Rachael K Sharp | Co-Founder | Executive/Arts & Education Director | Facilitator | Artist | Consultant |  
Rachael is committed to racial justice and community-based arts, education, and healing. Her dedication to this work has been pivotal in developing and delivering CSC curriculum and programs. Recently, Rachael has engaged in a range of continuing education, coaching and training opportunities, including executive coaching with experts and advisors, Community Accountability training with Just Practice, and membership and conference presentations / participation with the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Colorado Nonprofit Association, and Colorado Creative Industries. Administratively, Rachael has a range of experience, including her term as the Director of River Mist Learning Community. Rachael specializes in devised performance, dialogue, and popular education. With more than two decades working in education, shel has facilitated innovative programs with people across age and identity. She holds an MA from NYU, and has completed training with Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, Julian Boal, Dominic Barter (Restorative Circles), and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU, where she taught courses through the commission on Gender, Race and Social Justice, and received the Nia award for her innovative work.

Wendy-150x150Wendy Talley | Consultant | Facilitator | Artist | Coach |
Wendy has worked as a consultant, facilitator, artist and executive coach with CSC since 2015. Wendy’s career is a rich tapestry of community advocacy and engagement. She is a highly seasoned facilitator, trainer, social worker with over 20 years of experience with organizational leadership, education, and collaboration. She galvanized a new corporate culture, post-merger between The Spot Youth Center and Urban Peak, and orchestrated a successful $500,000 grant application with five culturally and economically diverse collaborators to address youth employment. Under Wendy’s guidance, The Spot initiated the quantitative and qualitative program evaluation, resulting in the first published article on the Harm Reduction Model for intervention with high risk youth. Among her wealth of experience, she was accountable for implementing the City of Santa Monica’s Strategic Plan to address homelessness and oversee the appropriation of $5 million in City funds for the project.

amy wilsonAmy Wilson | Intern |
Amy joined the CSC team in October of 2018 as an intern.  She is an M.A. Resilient Leadership Candidate at Naropa University with an emphasis in Climate Justice.  She is passionate about thinking in systems, finding interconnections, and deep listening.  She is also interested in anything related to food: growing it, cooking it, and eating it.