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Episode 4, Jesse Vasquez

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It’s a different kind of bravery.  The kind you need to be able to ask people if they want to get naked so documentary photographs can be taken of them that people from all over will eventually see. Photographs of naked people is what you would stumble upon if you searched for the works of Jesse Vasquez, a Sacramento based artist and photographer. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jesse and picked his artistic brain to discover how his work with the camera came to be and through engaging in deeper conversation I surprisingly felt a sense of healing. Listen to more of Episode 4 with Jesse Vasquez as we dive into conversation about image making, the risks of photographing the human body, and how he was able to use the art of photography to heal and liberate.

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Sacramento Ballet

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Connecting the dots between art and health. In the second installment of our CommonGood video series, we leap into the world of dance as we chat with dancers from the Sacramento Ballet about health, discipline, and appreciation. Founded in 1954, the Sacramento Ballet entertains, inspires, educates, and engages people through the powerful medium of dance.

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UpperCloud Winter Summit 2017

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Back in February, our team endured the winter storms and made our way to South Lake Tahoe to hit the slopes. Every quarter, we have a team summit, usually two days, in various nature-heavy locations in California (we love nature). These summits enable us to disconnect from work and enjoy the outdoors as well as each other’s company – we refrain from checking our emails on our phones and laptops, we refrain from sending emails, we simply refrain from doing work…or at least we try to.
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This is What it Feels Like with Terra Lopez, Episode 2

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My friend, respected Sacramento-based artist and lead singer of Rituals of Mine Terra Lopez released her project, “This is What It Feels Like,” on February 3. It’s an audio art exhibit in which participants walk through a dimmed hallway to the sound of men catcalling them, with varying levels of harassment and objectification. The hope was to bring awareness and provide men the opportunity to experience what it feels like to be a woman walking down the street. The process and outcome has moved hearts and shifted mindsets for thousands of attendees over the course of the three week installation. We got to sit down with Terra and sister artist, Sarah Marie Hawkins for a genuine talk story on how this project came about and what it’s meant to her. 

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Crossfit Analog

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When the world hurts, we must be reminded of the good and share stories of those who are continually restoring peace, justice and hope in our communities. CommonGood is a series of video and podcast interviews focused on humanity, connection, health and wellness.

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Faceless No More with Sarah Marie Hawkins, Episode 1 (Explicit Content)

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Sarah Marie Hawkins is a photographer and ink illustrator living in northern California. In addition to photography and illustration, Sarah is the founder of Menagerie Sacramento, an art organization based out of Sacramento, CA that specializes in pop-up art shows featuring local artists. Most recently Sarah took place in M5 Arts’ ArtStreet debuting her project, Faceless which provides a voice for survivors of sexual assault and rape. My interview with her centers around the power of art to heal self and others.

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This is What it Feels Like Project

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This Is What It Feels Like is intended to help shift our culture’s patriarchal views on how society treats women and help create and sustain a discourse on the ways that we can simply be better to and for women. This auditory exhibit is intended to be an educational tool to help spark a dialogue amongst men of all ages as to how they can help create and be the change that our society needs in order to stop misogynistic patterns that has become embedded into our culture.

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