In possession of both an MBA and MFA, Whitaker shows businesspeople how to think more like artist to discover new ways of doing business and develop greater insights about their career goals through her indispensable and inspiring book Art Thinking: Art Thinking offers practical principles, inspiration, and a healthy dose of pragmatism to help you navigate the difficulties of balancing creative thinking with driving toward results. Whitaker shows that combining the mindsets of art and the tools of business protects the space for open-ended exploration and managing risk on the way to success. Art Thinking takes you from the earliest inkling of an idea to realizing your highest aims, helping you build creative skills you can apply across all facets of business and life.
Sarah was a woman, a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend and a writer. She was also another woman, who two years ago, at the age of 45, died of breast cancer. Sarah Verdone may be just another statistic in the battle against breast cancer, but to everyone who knew her, she was so much more.
Sarah Verdone was a woman you should know. Sarah spent the early part of her career writing at the widely read and influential Microwave News. She was also a freelance writer for Paper Magazine, ID Magazine, Cookie, The New York Times, and other publications and was best known for her witty commentaries on art, design, fashion, food, and travel.
At 41, during a routine shower moment, Sarah found a lump on her breast, which was later to be diagnosed as a stage 2-breast cancer. What followed was typical of most women who are diagnosed — mastectomy, chemotherapy, reconstruction and remission for a few years.
After her last surgery, she wrote: She continued to give every ounce of herself to living throughout her illness.
She cooked, knitted, traveled and continued to write, all while she took the cancer drug tamoxifen and cared for her two young daughters. She even went on an African safari with her children and husband, the industrial designer, Tucker Viemeisterto write a family travel story for Cookie Magazine.
Throughout her last nine months, Sarah strove to remain in high spirits, although she was suffering daily from the side effects of the chemotherapy, which included fatigue, shingles, loss of appetite among a host of other health related issues.
A great thrill and distraction for Sarah during this time was watching old Julia Child cooking show episodes with friends and family or listening to music on her green ipod. And then, when she knew her body was succumbing to this terrible illness, she looked back at old family photographs, reminding her of a time when things were simpler and kinder.
It was on one such moment that the idea for the Sarah Verdone Writing Award came to fruition. Her friends wondered how does one remember a great woman — or, how do you never forget?
As a graduate of SUNY-Binghamton with a major in English, Sarah enjoyed reading the classics of literature and especially the work of women writers. During the last few days of her life, when the idea of an award was presented to her, she took great comfort in knowing that her own challenges as a woman and a writer would be remembered and honored.
She has also served as a business mentor for the grantees of the Joan Mitchell Foundation and for the TED Fellows, and was the recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award. Amy began her career working in art museums, including the Guggenheim, MoMA, and Tate, and for the artist Jenny Holzer. Pia Wilson is a Sundance fellow and the recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award. She is a Heideman Award finalist for her short play, TURNING THE GLASS AROUND, and a semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Sep 06, · Interview: Pia Wilson Pia Wilson is a Sundance fellow and the recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award. She is a Heideman Award finalist for her short play, Turning the Glass Around, and a semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
And for the next 10 years, with this award from Sarah to other women, the cycle of women writers continues.Abandon Me was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and widely named a Best Book of Febos is the inaugural winner of the Jean Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and the recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Almost people joined us to honor the cultural and artistic leadership of Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia, Julie Mehretu, and LMCC alumni artists Will Rawls (Sam Miller Award for Performing Arts), Melissa Febos (Sarah Verdone Writing Award), and Matthew Jensen (Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts), and salute the leadership of Goldman, .
Amy Whitaker is a writer, artist, and teacher working at the intersection of creativity, business, and everyday life. She holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London.
Melissa Febos (born September 28, ) is an American writer. Her essays have won awards from Prairie Schooner and StoryQuarterly, The Sarah Verdone Writing Award, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Ragdale Residency; Vermont Studio Center fellowship;.
Pia Wilson is a NJPAC Stage Exchange commissioned playwright, resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space program, Sundance fellow, and a recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award. Pia Wilson is a Sundance fellow and the recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award.
She is a Heideman Award finalist for her short play, TURNING THE GLASS AROUND, and a semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.