Artists United is looking for people…

PMI-SFBAC is partnering with an interesting new arts group that needs project managers. Artists United began here in the Bay Area, with artists informally helping each other. The organization has grown into a force, with national and international reach.

Jennifer Wallace, a Wells Fargo VP and Board Co-Chair of Artists United, shares the backstory: “My friend Holly Million started Artists United when she saw her fellow filmmakers all re-creating the wheel each time they were trying to learn fundraising for a film, or writing up deal memos or shoot schedules. She saw how much time they were wasting having to recreate the wheel. She knew that collectively they had the knowledge to do all of this already. She committed to offering her knowledge to anyone who asked, and saw that people she helped started doing the same thing.”

“Holly realized that by offering artists a way to connect, to ask for help and to offer help, we could get art made faster and better, thereby helping artists with economic empowerment, stable housing and social justice issues. This sense of a ‘reciprocity ring’ took hold and three years later we have a membership of close to 40,000 people in almost 30 countries with about 80 partner organizations too.”

Artists United is poised to scale its operations, and Wallace feels its time to bring in some volunteer project managers. “The challenge is that a lot of the folks don’t have much experience in documenting and tracking tasks, being the accountability manager for tasks, etc. This is where we need help—being on a committee to help keep the conversations and activities focused and moving forward.”

Artists United is looking for a project manager for each of their executive committees:

  • Online Platform (where artists help each other and market their work)
  • Events (16 US markets, plus SXSW 2020 and Sundance 2020)
  • Advocacy (social justice, economic impact, empowerment)
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Creative Studio (graphic design, social media, AUTV)

They also seek a senior project manager to work with their Executive Director.

The ideal candidates will appreciate the arts and want to support them by using their project management skill sets.

Interested? Please contact Jennifer Wallace at





2019 Disaster Relief Fund for Animal Rescues

Flat Broke Farm Animal Rescue Inc. rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes unwanted, abandoned, abused, neglected or displaced farm animals in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. They provide a healthy, secure and caring living environment, while providing first-class medical care and community training. They also offer emergency evacuation services, veterinary care support, short and long term boarding during and after natural disasters.

What is Flat Broke Farm doing to help animals in the Kincade fire?  Erica Rushing, founder of the farm reports in this News Article  on ABC7:

“…Doing welfare checks on the animals forced to be left behind making sure they have food and water and aren’t suffering from any respiratory concerns,” Erica Rushing, Flat Broke Farm’s founder explained the group’s mission. “Evacuating animals under emergency circumstances in the wee hours of the night. To maintaining the ones, we have already taken in to make sure they are happy and healthy where they are located,” Rushing continued. Flat Broke Farms will take in any animal that needs help. “

We are asking the community for greatly needed funds to support Flat Broke Farm Animal Rescue so that we may continue to be vigilant in helping animals and their families, as we have done for 15 years!

Any donation will help this incredible organization continue our life saving efforts during disasters.

Learn more at:

Flat Broke Farm Animal Rescue Inc.
Registered nonprofit
Donations are 100% tax deductible.

Thanks in advance for your contribution!

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Petaluma Spiritual Needs Survey

Are you interested in exploring spiritual community for yourself or your family, but haven’t found quite the right fit? The modern church is in a time of change and evolution, and St. John’s in downtown Petaluma is reaching out to the community to better understand your spiritual needs and values. Beyond the basic Sunday services, St. John’s currently hosts circle dancing, labyrinth walks, and services of poetry and song, and is considering expanding family-friendly and more inclusive offerings. If you are interested in being part of this conversation, I’d encourage you fill out the survey, and please add your comments.

Help Young Children Become Confident and Competent

Recently I noticed some new behavior (involving control issues) for Suzy (3 years old). I invited Mom to meet for a “fact finding” conference. The following is what we learned.

It all started when Suzy announced one day at lunch “I like these eggs. I won’t eat eggs at home”. Mom had previously mentioned to me that she thought Suzy wasn’t eating enough at home. I assured her that she ate fine at school. A red light went off for me. Was Suzy using food as a means of gaining control at home?

Also I noticed that Suzy had become the new leader in her small circle of friends. Well, she was actually more like a dictator -and not a very benevolent one, either! Another red light.

Then, during a recent medical exam, an x-ray showed a partial bowel blockage. Could this be more control?

I asked Mom if there were any changes at home. In fact there were some major changes. For example, Mom had been referring to Suzy as the baby. When Mom asked older brother to do something for Suzy, Suzy retorted: “Mom, I am not a baby”. After some discussion, Mom admitted that since Suzy is the last child, she has been holding onto the baby aspect. Good for Mom. Not good for Suzy. It’s always a good idea to visit the sibling relationship. We talked about her 5-year old brother. Seems that brother is routinely chosen to perform various chores around the house. Brother also exerts strict control over his room and possessions. Red lights are flashing all over the place now.

Of all the child development psychologists, I like the theory of Erik Erickson. He looks at development in stages and believes that each stage has a “crisis” to be resolved before a child can successfully move to the next stage. From 0 to 18 months, the crisis is trust vs. mistrust. This is when the child learns/determines that his world is a safe or unsafe place, based on whether his needs are being met. From 18 months to 3 years (approximately), the crisis is autonomy/independence vs. doubt. This is the time for children to test, to exert control, and begin to feel a sense of independence. This is good. If this doesn’t happen, the child will doubt their abilities, and perhaps seek control in negative ways – or worse yet, maybe be too repressed to do either. This is bad.

Our job is to create situations where children can gain some control, independence and self-esteem in positive ways. We need to steer them. How? We could begin by giving them small choices, e.g. “Do you want to wear the red or blue shirt?” Instead of telling what to do, ask questions and let the child think and make a decision e.g. “What will happen if your glass is near the edge of the table?” or “What do you think will happen to your book if you leave it where people will be walking?” And don’t forget jobs. What a wonderful way to feel responsible and proud! Children are so capable – if we give them the opportunity. Children can sort silverware in the dishwasher or drawers; they can sort laundry, especially their own clothes; fold washcloths; they can sweep with a dustpan and brush or small broom; sponge the table, etc., etc.

Developing these skills will take a little time; and just when you have nearly reached perfection, it will be time for the next “crisis”. Oh no!

If you have questions or comments about this issue – or any others, please email me at

Carolynn DiGiuseppi is a certified Montessori teacher with a Site Supervisor Permit and a Master Teacher’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. With over 35 years of experience caring for children, she is the Director of Carolynn’s Montessori for Toddlers in Petaluma.