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 traditional fundamentals and infused them with the arts offering 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 always including professionals and local businesses. 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 workshops, offered experience in performance productions, collaborative music, dance and theatre were paramount. 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 has acted since she was 11 years old in a variety of musicals, one women shows and plays throughout her life. Tamara~Lynn studied, trained and performed with Actors Workout in Phoenix, Arizona with Director Mary L. Daisy who trained with John Gielgud in New York, New York. With her uncle, Marty Jonason being a profession director and Acting Couch and her father being a director and designer,
Tamara~Lynn has been immersed into theatre, including production, her whole life.
Tamara~Lynn inspires to share her wide variety of acquired skill and talent ultimately enriching those around her.
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 living as compassionate intelligent beings we are the only seeds that truly prosper.”
Grateful to call Loveland her home, her heart is rooted in making the world a better place through linking the generations together through intercultural arts. Tamara~Lynn claims, "7Generations Forward Project is the ground where it all begins. You, the parents, the artists, the professionals, and as a community member are the key to unlocking the door. Now is the time."
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.
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