BENEFITING: Lomenta Foundation Inc
The Women’s Civic Leadership Project by Lomenta: Finding Your Own Voice in Your Community will focus on the Family Scholar House participants attending on Tuesday nights in August and September 2016 at the Parkland Scholar House Café. This subset of about 40 single parents and their children (most ages one to five years) will start with the understanding of concentric circles: (a) of being a leader first for yourself; then (b) the outer circles of immediate family; (c) extended family, (d)your communities of interest, and (e) your civic city responsibilities as a citizen, leading to true leadership for constituents in the marketplace. We will use art and world café concepts to explore these areas for the entire family of the Parkland Scholar House Café community—for children, adults, seniors, and FSH staff. This may include magic, photography, finger-painting, and other craft projects each week. The purpose of these exercises will be to show that leadership is defined by many characteristics, including stress management, organization, and passions with purpose and goals, as well as other skills to transform environments and empower others toward action. We will have six very different leaders from the community speak and work with these single parents in the café night environment, including Executive Director Haleh Karimi, Interfaith Pathways to Peace; as well as Laughter Yoga Coach Melanie Rudolph plus several civic leaders who are pushing for transformation in our city in key neighborhoods, like Parkland. Funds will be used to provide small stipends to the artists, leaders, and the Annmarie Campbell Murray State Art Student Scholarship at Murray State University. The Lomenta Foundation was formed to support and empower artists to transform their communities from their passions, with an emphasis on college art, in the name of Annmarie Campbell, who died at age 23 and was a graduate of Murray State.