Arts and Activism
"As I began to develop my poetic voice, Guyanese writers, Rajkumari Singh and Martin Carter, inspired me greatly. Speaking of the impact of his poetry, and reflecting on the words "I do not sleep to dream, but dream to change the world," Carter explained that the world was not changeable in the ordinary sense but that if we change the way we see the world, the world changes with it. The arts allow us to hold a mirror up and reflect deeply on our lives and our world. It also allows us to pen poems and paint pictures of a new world and a new way of living. I believe the arts, culture and the creative process have the power to not only change the world, but to also support individuals and communities to create the world in which we want to live." -Taij
Taij understands that Arts & Activism is about connecting a personal process of empowerment to a political process of social transformation. It is about finding one’s voice and speaking out in ways that inspire ideas, engage communities and incite action.
In her arts and activism, as well as her consulting and coaching, Taij strives to inspire others to create change in their lives, their communities and the world by embracing creativity and innovation while honoring tradition. Through the use of story-telling, artistic expression, theater exercises, visioning and dynamic community dialogue, Taij supports individuals and communities to become witnesses to a powerful process of transformation.
As a practicing artist, she continues to write and perform. She is committed to deepening and developing her craft, collaborating with other artists, and experimenting by fusing her art on both page and stage with visual elements and multi-media aspects. Her art weaves together her personal expression and political statements that takes a stand against injustice.