May 20, 2024

This month Lohar Projects turns 5!  A sincere thanks to this community of creative minds and hearts for the inspiration, collaborations and learnings over the last years! On this LP birthday, I'd also like to pay tribute to my grandfather (company namesake) and my father - whose legacies I am deeply honored to carry on.

It's hard to articulate how much this mini-milestone means. Lohar Projects, in many ways, started as an experiment in 2019 driven by two guiding questions:

Can I create a  practice that allows me to offer my full self (all my experiences)?

How do I develop and share a value-based practice that centers people? 

I have learned so much exploring these questions with clients, friends and artists and these five years have demonstrated the potential for approaching advising work in a more collaborative and holistic way. I am so grateful to the people and places that have been catalysts in Lohar Projects’ development both conceptually and practically over these years.

In addition to new projects with The Clemente and Eyebeam in 2024,  Lohar Projects will be spending some time this fall planning for the future! By welcoming new team members this year (for the first time!), Lohar Projects will also be able to invest time and resources into a business planning process. I welcome any recommendations for resources, tools or people that can support small business development in the creative sector.

Right now, I am wrapping up my time at the Flaherty as Interim Executive Director as our team travels to Salaya, Thailand in mid-June to present the 69th Flaherty Film Seminar, TO COMMUNE,  at the Thai Film Archive (June 27 - July 3) and then I head to Pocoapoco to re-engage with my own artistic and pedagogical practices after a long quiet creative period.

Special thanks to the teams at Flaherty & Thai Film Archive who have been excellent collaborators during my interim directorship and to the team at ArtsPool, who made managing finances during this transition at Flaherty a welcoming and collaborative process.   

I, like many of you, continually hope and advocate for a peaceful ending to the multitude of violent conflicts and oppressions

taking place in many parts of the world (Congo, Sudan, Palestine, Ukraine, China, Haiti to name a few). The only idea I continue returning to is this:

Weapons, capital & land borders do not work to keep us peacefully together (or apart?).

It's time for us to find another framework for how we define the human experience - one that holds honoring both our endless
variations and our relationship to these lands as the common threads between us.

Sending strength, safety and support to all of those suffering in conflict zones, their loved ones and those in the streets across
college campuses and the world demanding an immediate ceasefire. No additional amount of senseless deaths will
mend these wounds.

This is a link to the International Rescue Committee who supports refugees and displaced peoples in many of these conflict zones.

In community and with hope,