Each day, until July 23rd, we will be introducing you to one of our current Entrepreneur Training for Success students. These women are artists, artisans and creative entrepreneurs with talent, passion, vision and entrepreneurial drive to start-up their own businesses and lead change in their communities. Read about the amazing work they are doing and join us on July 23rd as we celebrate their graduation.
Sarah was born in California to immigrant parents who moved to the US from Pakistan in the early 1980’s. Growing up with a modest upbringing in a small apartment affected how she viewed spaces and her attitudes about space, an interest that eventually led her to become an urban planner. In 2008, she moved to DC to work on urban planning at think tank.
Given her multi-hyphenated identity, Sarah sees herself filling a void. In a time when some in society choose to make sweeping generalizations about her Muslim faith, Pakistani-heritage, and how the nexus between culture, faith and gender is contradictory, Sarah is choosing to speak up. She isn’t trying to fit into one-dimensional labels as either a ‘good Muslim’ or a ‘feminist,’ Sarah is just trying to express what moves her. In this process, her authenticity tells a story and this is why individuals will find her work alluring. There is power in her rawness and for those who are drawn to this rawness, Sarah’s art will connect with them.
Sarah enrolled in EWI’s Entrepreneur Training for Success to learn how to market her art, connect with other artists, and use her art as means for social justice, service and activism. In just the past few months Sarah has exhibited at six shows, was chosen to exhibit her art with EWI as part of Speak Your Mind Exhibition of the We the People Project 2011, connected with other artists and entrepreneurs, learned how to open herself to new audiences, and she has started to receive commission work and sales.
Read more at www.sarahjawaid.com
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