Pathways to an Artful Career

We invite the community to join us March 24 at SEED to hear young professionals Carrie Fox and Edwin Chavez share their experiences and perspectives on choosing the path to a career in art. Whether you are a soon-to-be high school or college graduate who is studying art or perhaps you’re looking to shift your career to art, this will be a good time to ask questions and hear first-hand from these bright, talented minds who are creating their paths to an artful career.

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6 – 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., March 24, 2016

Half Price Books, 100 S. Central Expwy, Richardson, TX 75080

Lite bites and beverages will be served.

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Gather with other creative minds to listen and partake in an evening of guitar playing. What is that you say? You don’t know how to play? Join us and you just might learn a chord or two. And if you do know how to play, bring your guitar and strum along.

Starting at 6 p.m., stop by, unwind from your work day and be inspired while mixing and mingling with other creative types from your community. At 6:30, music enthusiasts Carol Casmus and Lisa Dunne will capture our attention as chords strike your soul.


6-7:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 11, 2016

Alchemy Music Academy

500 N. Coit #2085

Free event. Light bites and beverages will be served.

SEED to Host The Healing Power of Art

Join us at the next SEED to hear how the healing power of art is helping cancer patients at the Methodist Richardson Cancer Center. In 2012, The Cancer Center was awarded community impact funds to establish support programs that help cancer survivors better cope with the stresses of diagnosis and treatment. One of the programs born of this award was the Hospital Artist in Residence program which is part of The Creative Center. Nurse Manager, Rebecca Donnelli, and artist Katherine Baronet will talk about the journey of this program, display patients’ art and tell stories of the powers of this creative solution. This will also be a wonderful opportunity to visit The Cancer Center and learn more about this advanced treatment center right here in our own backyard.

If you’re looking for opportunities to give this holiday season or any time of the year, the Hospital in Artist in Residence program is in need of art supplies which you are welcome to bring to this event. We will be posting the supply list later this week.

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Location: Methodist Richardson Cancer Center, 2805 E. President George Bush Highway (at Renner Road) Richardson, TX 75082

Lite bites and bottled water will be served.

Since its inception in 1994, The Creative Center has been dedicated to bringing the arts to people with cancer and chronic illness through all stages of life as a way to help them discover their own creative resources while meeting the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

The Artist-in-Residence Program helps cancer survivors deal with the stresses of treatment through artistic expression. The program will work at the bedside and in small group settings with men, women and children – in oncology units, bone marrow transplant units, intensive care/respiratory units, and hospice and palliative care programs.

“Art is personal,” says artist in residence Katherine Baronet. She spends her days rolling a cart of supplies through the center’s infusion room, creating beautiful works of art with patients. “I’m able to connect and build friendships with these patients. I think art helps people relax, and it takes the edge off the thought of being ill.”

To learn more information, watch this video at

A Life In The Balance: The Flavor of Living

Meet Sandra Lewis. As chef, speaker and the owner of Life at the Table, she’ll share her journey and talk about how satisfaction in life is not a “balanced” life. Instead it is a life creating, not consuming, and a life that incorporates into one single stream what we have traditionally thought of as “personal” life and “work” life.

When: 6 – 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 29, 2015

Where: Isabelly’s , 200 E. Main St. Richardson, TX 75081

Lite bites and wine will be served. We’ll mix and mingle from 6-6:30. Sandra will begin at 6:30 p.m.

About Sandra Lewis
Chef Sandra Lewis is a storyteller, collaborator and evangelist for what she believes is the secret to living a satisfying life both at home and work, spending time at the table.

Through her work at Life At The Table, Sandra combines her 20+ year career in human resources development, sales and non-profit with her culinary expertise and belief in the power of the table experience to speak, inspire and lead organizations and families in the joys of creating cultures of community and collaboration.

As a single mom throughout her career, Sandra’s solution to the challenge of creating a sense of family with her two daughters while juggling the demands of work was to gather nightly for family meals.

It was through this personal experience that she developed her belief that gathering, connecting and identifying with something bigger than yourself is an essential ingredient to the thriving of the human spirit at work and home.

In 2009 Sandra had what she describes as a “now or never” moment. She decided in favor of the “now,” sold her house, tucked all of her belongings into storage, rented a room from a friend and attended culinary school.

Fifteen months later she graduated with honors and gave the student commencement speech at graduation.

Sandra earned a BS in Mass Communications, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Utah and an AAS with Honors in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu Dallas.

When she isn’t speaking or teaching, you can find her experimenting in her kitchen, spending time at the table, and exploring the flavors and tastes of the local food scene, gardening and writing on her blog, Living Life At The Table.

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Chef Sandra Lewis, owner of Life at the Table


Join our next SEED session from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 24, 2015 at Alchemy Music Academy where you’ll experience the wonderful Richardson resident and actress Loree Westbrooks. This wife and mother of three is a force to be reckoned with and one who is sure to help guests break the ice, loosen up and laugh.

We’ll mingle with light bites and beverages from 6-6:30, then Loree will take “center stage” at 6:30. This is a free community gathering where you can tap into your creative side and meet other like-minds.

About Loree Westbrooks:

A wife, mother of three and community volunteer, Loree Westbrooks has graced Richardson with her acting prowess for 28 years at the Repertory Company Theater. Her favorite roles include Roxie (Chicago), Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), Billie (Born Yesterday), and Velma (Hairspray).  She is a 1995 graduate of SMU with a BFA in Theatre Directing.  She also teaches drama with Capers for Kids and musical theatre with Dallas Theatre Center.


Join us this Thursday to learn about the newest music gig in town, Alchemy Music Academy.  For Managing Director Cristal Givens, it’s all about creating music and transforming minds. She’ll share her journey and why having a creative space – 4,000 square feet, in fact –  like this in Richardson is vital for our community. For the professional or novice, for the young and old, for instrument lovers and vocalists in training, there truly is something musical for everyone.


5:30 – 7 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 20


Alchemy Music Academy

500 N. Coit Road

Suite 2085

Richardson, TX 75080


About Cristal Givens

Cristal has always had a passion for music and an entrepreneurial spirit. Immediately out of high school, she began working at Sound Warehouse, interning with PGD as well as other labels and distributors and going to school. Within four years, she was running her own grassroots music marketing company working with artists and labels such as Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe, Pointblank Records, Blue Thumb Records and Osmose Productions. In addition to her 10+ years in music marketing, she expanded her experience with 15+ years in traditional digital marketing including previous business co-ownership in the digital agency, Content Pilot. She now runs the day-to-day operations of Alchemy Music Academy, taking it from a virtual school to an actual studio in March 2015. 

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming SEED Sessions

Friends, the summer is winding down and we’re planning the rest of this year to host some great FREE sessions to inspire creativity and community engagement.  We typically mix and mingle from 5:30-6 then our featured guests share their creative seeds with us. Light bites and drinks are usually served. More details are coming soon. We hope to see you there!


Thurs., Aug. 20, 2015 – 5:30-7 p.m. at Alchemy Music

Join us as Cristal Givens, founder/owner of Alchemy Music, shares her story and background on how Alchemy Music came to be.


Details coming soon…


Thurs., Oct. 29, 2015 – 5:30-7 p.m., A Life In The Balance: The Flavor of Living, location TBD

Be inspired by Chef Sandra Lewis, founder/owner of Life at the Table. A Life In The Balance:  The Flavor of Living.  I talk about satisfaction in life is not a “balanced” life.  Instead it is a life creating, not consuming, and a life that incorporates into one single stream what we have traditionally thought of as “personal” life and “work” life.


Details coming soon…




Meet these Music Therapists Tonight at SEED



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Please join us today from 5:30-7 p.m. at Alchemy Music in Richardson, Tx, to learn about the healing power of music. Wine and light bites will be served.

About our Speakers:

Christina Stock, MA, MT-BC, provides music therapy services for adults at the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (BA) and Texas Woman’s University (MA), she has had the lifetime opportunity to follow her dream of studying how music affects the brain and the body. Christina has applied this knowledge across various clinical settings in her work with adults and children at the Austin State Hospital, with preschool children with disabilities in the Lewisville and Carrollton school districts, and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Obsessed with good, live music, she is an avid concert-goer and maker of music in her community with her young family.

Carolyn A. Dobson, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Fellow of the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. She has been a clinician for 17 years working with a variety of populations. For the last 12 years she has focused her private practice working with older adults with neurologic impairments. Carolyn specializes in assisting clients reach functional goals related to motor coordination, speech and language, and cognitive deficits.

Seed Session 5/28 – Music Therapy


Mark your calendars! Our next SEED session will inspire and delight your mind as we learn about the healing power of music. Join us 5:30 – 7 p.m., Thurs., May 28 at Alchemy Music.
Guest speakers Christina Stock and Carolyn Dobson will share their knowledge about music therapy. You don’t want to miss this free event and the opportunity to engage with your community, not to mention, visit one of the coolest new musical ventures in Richardson:
Alchemy Music
500 N Coit # 2085, Richardson, Texas 75080


We All Have Creativity Within Us

“We believe that everyone is born with the ability to create and to imagine creatively. When we stop using that ability we don’t lose it, but we need to exercise that part of us. We know that our bodies get stronger with exercise and that we become better musicians and athletes with practice. Children are spontaneously inspired when given opportunities to engage in creative activity. Adults become more creatively out of shape and can become inhibited when confronted by this type of activity.”

Deborah Molotsky, Executive Director of Chartreuse Creative Reuse Center

Learn more about Chartreuse. Be inspired to tap into your creativity. Join us at SEED tomorrow,  5:30-8 p.m., April 23 at
Tineo Peruvian Café on Arapaho and Custer in Richardson, Tx. Come when you can. Relax. Eat good food and enjoy something that gives to yourself and the community.