7Generations Forward Project Team
With a talented group of caring individuals desiring a better future, we bring a variety of experience, knowledge, schooling and passion to the table. From our tutors, to facilitators and mentors, we believe in what we can do together, and how we can grow together.
Tamara~Lynn Jonason, artist, ballerina, choreographer, performer, educator and visionary found herself tutoring math her high school years in Colorado while training 30 hours a week in ballet. Born in Dickinson, North Dakota in 1965 she found her way to Phoenix, Arizona by her eighteenth year. She attended Scottsdale, Glendale and Phoenix Community Colleges. Her vision in making the world a better place spans from being a volunteer, an ESL teacher, instructing adults continuing their education, designing curricula to teaching workshops for the youth.
She developed Arts in Education, taught and designed numerous curricula for Phoenix Center for the Arts, charter and private Montessori schools for over fifteen years throughout the Phoenix Metro Area. Her approach was one of interconnectedness while integrating essential core curricula with her own. Tamara~Lynn added an artistic tapestry for students to experience, comprehend and retain what was being taught. Workshops and weekly classes were uniquely titled; GeoSculpture, Art History With A Twist, Create Your Own Language, Exploring Cultural Dynamics, and Shadow Light and Illusion were several of her favorites. Each one held 'a place of their own' in the Phoenix Metro area.
In 1995, she Founded Phoenicia Diversified Cultural Studies Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. The emphasis was multi-generational connection through community participation while simultaneously creating artful experiences for public schooled children and youth who were home schooled. All enrichment classes were taught by a professional community members, which ranged from French, Italian, Japanese calligraphy and drafting, to ballet and performing arts.
Parents would call upon Tamara~Lynn to organize full time summer enrichment programs and workshops. She designed and taught curricula that embodied the fundamentals and infused them with the arts. She continuously offered a variety, such as; Music Appreciation, Poetry n Motion, Math Application in Daily Life, Your the Inventor, Responsible Actions with Each Other and Our Environment, with professionals and local businesses always being included. Whether it was clock makers, piano builders or hot air ballon aeronauts; these unique interactions brought inspiration into the lives of her students.
Along with designing curricula and structuring educational platforms for schools and local centers, Tamara~Lynn spent several years home schooling her own daughter in the mid 90’s. More recently, she home schooled a brilliant high functioning autistic 16 year old.
Enthios Art Venue is a powerful landmark in Tamara~Lynn’s career. She, being the Founder and Artistic Director, cultivated art, integrated education and art, inspired fun through workshops, productions, music, dance and theatre. Tamara~Lynn curated art shows for internationally recognized artists, offered after school programs and hosted international and national events with and for the local community. It is proclaimed by many locals and herself, “What Enthios Art Venue brought to the community had a way of bringing everyone together in such a way that leaves a nostalgic hum in your heart.”
Tamara Lynn cares for her daughter, Natasha, after a medical injury left her paralyzed ten years ago. "Natasha is my 'Wisdom On Wheels' and my mentor," is how Tamara Lynn refers to her daughter. "Natasha shows me a new perspective and shares numerous profound insights with me every time we are together. Life can turn on us in strange and unpredictable ways. But no matter how devastating it can be; it is love, kindness, patience, adaptation and perseverance that can help you find you center. That is what Natasha teaches me," Tamara shares with a steadfast conviction.
Finding inner balance has been Tamara~Lynn’s antidote for transforming tragedy into possibility. As the Principal Founder and Director of 7Generations Forward Project LLC, she believes our triumph is found when we move through the challenges that face us. She reveals, “Our need to grow, share and design better systems is the soil for a viable future. Now is the time to remember how being stewards of our earth and compassionate intelligent beings are the only seeds that prosper.”
Grateful to call Loveland her home, her heart is rooted in making the world a better place by enriching our youth and nurturing their brilliance so they can grow. Tamara~Lynn claims, "that is what 7Generations Forward Project offers. It is the ground where it all begins and that is with you, the parents, the artists, the professionals, and our community."
Tessy Tabish Brown is passionate about working with and inspiring our youth. She believes that all generations have unique experiences and said experiences should be shared and heard. Respect and allowing one another to be heard without criticism and judgment can open our minds and hearts to grow as individuals and understand the true meaning of personal truth and human equality.
Her experience with the youth started in training kids kenpo Karate. She worked hard to earn her blue belt tabbed in two browns to become an instructor. As a Kenpo instructor she inspired her students to find self confidence, coordination, goals and self discipline and enjoyment in Kenpo art . Supported High school students in scheduled courses, future goals and emotional support, through working in the counseling office as a counseling aide.
Currently she is working with the Thompson school district in the Early Childhood department as a part time Aide in the classroom. Working with these amazing brilliant kids grounds her in seeing how important it is to nourish them into a path of healthy relationships, communication and understanding how important they are in this big world. Tessy has a deep feeling of responsibility to guide and to be a healthy example to our youth
As a 15th Generation Wudang Sanfeng Pai and 26th Generation Longmen Pai practitioner of the Daoist arts, Samalita incorporates skills and knowledge accumulated throughout her life and compiles the practice through Dao Moving Meditations.
Being raised with herbs for healing and home grown foods, schooling in holistic health and philosophy, and living several years immersed in an alternative wellness atmosphere, she brings a different perspective on life in general.
Seeing how everything is connected, she understands that with intentional movement, meditation, diet and thorough your environment, you can create a healthy, happy and harmonious life for yourself. It just requires you to step out of your own box.
Emily Jackson is a mother of two boys and enjoys working with energetic and creative children. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science. She is passionate about practicing health of the whole mind and body. She believes that a core understanding of health begins at a young age. A solid understanding of nutrition, fitness, and mental health is very important in building a long and happy life.
She works as a supervisor part-time at Starbucks where she has learned excellent communication skills as well as an ability to work well with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. She also volunteers with One Village One Family, a Fort Collins local program that empowers families facing homelessness to find support within their community to achieve permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
In her spare time, you can find Emily climbing boulders at Horsetooth Reservoir, hiking with her dog in the Rocky Mountains, or dancing around her kitchen while she cooks dinner for her family.
Raised in Colorado, Raimi has been creating her whole life, filming, writing, singing, or dancing! Growing up, she struggled to find opportunities for artists to connect with and learn from locally - so she couldn’t be more excited to contribute to this project.
It’s important to her to be able to give a new generation a platform and the chance to express themselves in new ways. Raimi doesn’t believe in sitting still - so if she’s not writing or editing some zany short film, she’s working on her animal behavior certification, cooking, dancing, or performing!