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What's Your Why?

BY MATTHEW BRANDEBERRY
@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Matthew Brandeberry has been influenced by people seeking to change the world around them in powerful ways. Through storytelling and creating experiences, he has sought to find out how much more we can accomplish when we come together. Here, Matthew explores the value of taking a look at what drives you by taking a look at what motivates those around you. Take the time ask yourself, What’s your Why?

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Collaboration, Community, and a Sweater

BY SEAN MITCHELL
@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Sean Mitchell is a Dayton advocate who fell into happiness via non-profit work over a decade ago. He believes that the Dayton community is "a gem built on innovation. Our current innovation is our collaboration and through the examples of a familiar neighbor, it can only take one person." 

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Pew Baby

BY JOSH WESTON
@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Josh Weston is a musician and artist based in Dayton, Ohio. Here, Weston shares the story of how he came to exist on the planet. It wasn’t glamorous, it wasn’t planned, but it’s his story to tell. He shares with us the value of telling stories that make us uncomfortable.

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Dominating My Discomfort

BY CORIN BREWER
@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Whether life has thrown her a curveball, or she has sought it out on her own, Corin Brewer  has maintained an uncanny habit of getting uncomfortable and finding growth from it again & again.  Here she's ready to share it all...the good, the bad & the ugly.

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Food for Thought - The Life of a Culinarian

BY THOMAS JOHNSON
@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Chef Thomas Johnson has been in the culinary arts field for over 40 years and is a United States Naval veteran.  He is currently the Instructor/Director of a West Dayton-based culinary arts program, Dayton Cooks which provides skill development to students for employment opportunities.  Chef Thomas describes his career as a chef and how food and cooking has given him the opportunity to give back to the community and help others grown as individuals.

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Strings Attached: A Love Letter to the Act of Crocheting

BY BRIDGET HUTT
@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Making things by hand can give a person a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and the act of making is often as rewarding as the finished product. For Bridget Shingleton Hutt, the act of crocheting is a vehicle not only for creating something new but also for finding peace of mind through meditation on the core concepts of the craft.

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The Importance of Context

BY MIKE MITCHELL
@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

A word said in one context can mean something completely different in another. Too often, we get into arguments because what we think we heard was not what was meant. Mike Mitchell gives an introduction to why setting the context matters, and why it’s important for you to consider different perspectives.

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Joy!, Antidote To My Past Depression

BY JEHANNE DUFRESNE
@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Jehanne Dufresne is originally from Haiti and a graduate of Wilberforce University. One of her passions is holistic health, and her presentation explores joy, a true feeling one can feel and use to overcome depression. Here she shares her own experiences and techniques on overcoming challenging times.

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Beyond My Travels

BY SIERRA LEONE
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Sierra Leone loves to travel & spending time with her family. She is a writer and the President and Artistic Director of OFP Theatre Company. Her work with youth arts organizations, schools, and community organizations has been ongoing through her company’s educational arm, Signature Educational Solutions. In recognition of her work, Sierra was a 2018 Ohio Governor's Award recipient.

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Community Artreach

BY JES MCMILLAN
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Jes McMillan is a local artist activist and founder of The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton nonprofit arts organization. Jes has worked with the communities of Dayton and beyond for over 10 years bringing thousands of people together with collaborative art. She is curator of The McMillan Gallery and Creative Director at tend&flourish on Brown Street.

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Teaching the Arts: Fashion Edition

BY LINDSAY GUSTAFSON
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Lindsay Gustafson has taught art for 17 years at Kettering Middle School. Besides a passion for teaching the arts, she loves her hubby, seeing live music, travelling and playing lots of tennis.

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Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms

BY APRIL ALFORD
@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

April Alford has been a Dayton resident for a little over 18 years. April is the founder of Welcome Home Dayton, and Vice-President of the African American Visual Artists Guild’s Board of Trustees. April is an avid volunteer, and lover of all things crafty. The African American Visual Artists Guild has been in existence for 25 years, but is not well known in the Dayton area. 

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