As a Goddard College Ambassador Alum (BA 2003 / HAS MA 2005), Melanie has a strong sense of community, along with immense respect for individualism. Receiving the Drexel University Deans Scholarship for excellence in research, Melanie selected to stay between Lancaster and Plainfield, completing Goddard College Health Arts & Sciences (HAS MA), an interdisciplinary program founded on the principle that community health, personal health and the health of the natural world are equal. In 2009 the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) awarded Melanie a grant to complete a small business start up program offered by Assets Lancaster. As a result of Assets, she operated a unique craft and collectibles project, Beautiful Day Creations, through the death of her mother, who shared company with her after having to retire early as a result of Multiple Sclerosis. During the decade of time, from 2003-2013, besides her academic and creative accomplishments, Melanie worked in health care as an attendant and advocate. She also maintained volunteer work with the National M.S. Society, along with Lancaster County organizations such as the YWCA, Clare House for Women, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, and as poll clerk during elections.
Contributing to projects combining her background in the creative arts, the health arts and sciences, and also her familiarity of urban dynamics, Melanie enjoys a physically active, social, cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Originally from Boston's North Shore, Melanie lived in Coastal Florida and New Mexico during her middle and high school years as a result of her parent's creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. Independent since 16, she moved to Brooklyn at 18, living between New York and San Francisco for over a decade. Melanie is currently freelance in Lancaster & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she has lived full time since 2001, while also enjoying on-going research affiliation with projects in Alaska.
While working with Melanie at Goddard College, Katt Lissard wrote: "Melanie was always a pleasure to work with. She's articulate, intelligent, highly creative, and has a strong sense of justice and the individual's right to personal freedom. Her work moves between the transgressive & the transformative, always including compassion & heart."
Not all project affiliations will appeal to all program formats. Creative expression is an exploration of ideas. Some material is strong content. Some material is spiritual or political. Some has a unique sense of style or humor. Projects are considered based on mutual interests or knowledge base, appropriate skill set requests, and the ability to produce the desired outcome by the deadlines requested.
Community United for Safety and Protection (CUSP / Sex Trafficking Alaska)
ESPLERP / ESPU San Francisco
Steven Johnson Leyba: Sexpressionist Artist
Lady Dahlia Entertainment
Regain That Feeling with Dr. Mitch Tepper, PhD M P D
Noir Riot. A biennial literary journal published in conjunction with NoirCon, a Philadelphia based crime fiction conference that has taken place on even-numbered years since 2008, and Out of the Gutter.
SLIXA of Canada: Harnessing the power of social media
The Erotic Literary Salon Philadelphia providing a supportive arena for sharing erotica, writing tips, encouraging writers, offering sex education and news with a positive spin
Sen-Sexual E-Anthology in affiliation w. The Philadelphia Erotic Literary Salon
The Projection Booth Podcast hosted by Mike White and Rob St. Mary
IOTA. The Arlington Poetry Mic Hosted by Miles David Moore
The Walking Fish Theater Philadelphia
HeadPress 2.6: Collaborative interview with V.Vale of ReSearch Publications
IMAGERY & COLLAGE
Philadelphia 2012 - 2013
Free Tours by Foot Philadelphia
Sales Gaspillee: Upstairs at The Irish Pol
jasharp Custom Jewelers
Dosie Dough Bakery
Dog Star Books
Millersville University/ Ganser Gallery
Franklin & Marshall College
FUND RAISER AFFILIATION
Clare House (Shelter for Women)
Crispus Attucks Community Center
Team American Spirit
The National M.S. Society
The Red Thread
FREELANCE & COMMUNITY EVENTS
PA Ballot Access Coalition, Philadelphia
CB Richard Ellis, Philadelphia
Christina's Pantry, Lancaster
DJ Gerri Hoff & The International Network, Lancaster
Dog Star Books, Lancaster
Eyes Wide Open /American Friends Service Committee, Lancaster
Gallery 141, Lancaster
Goodman Creations, Lancaster
Mimi Shapiro, Lancaster
Octavia & the Earthblood Blues Band, Paradise
Padmani Kundalini Yoga Products, Lancaster
Party of One, Lancaster / NYC
The Maternal Diva Rose Hudson, York
Andy Black's Necronomicon, UK
Barrel Entertainment, Detroit
Interested in Melanie's Creative History Dating Back to New York City & San Francisco?
Melanie worked on many quality independent films, documentary, art house projects, as nightclub and special event crew, artist's model, exhibition partner, along with "temping" between ad agency and music production studios. If you are interested in details of her retro resume, email for project history and affiliations.
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Beautiful Day Creations memorial website