Culture Dose | SocietyX’s Therapeutic Art Workshop | The Plastic Wars | Vanjess


Read “GO TO”: SocietyX’s Therapeutic Art Workshop

We are switching out ‘read’ with an event this week because self care is so important and this is how we’ve been staying sane after a long week of work. This relaxing art workshop is a soothing start to the weekend– grab whatever supplies you have, a cup of coffee and join the community of artists that log on every Saturday morning to connect online. The class is open to any skill levels and is a great way to get out of bed and start your day by exploring yourself through your art.

This workshop is hosted by Sarah Serrano-Esquilin, the Brooklyn based artist, educator, and a recent Master’s graduate at Pratt Institute in Creative Arts Therapy. The class is not your average “therapy”, but a space to balance your mind and focuses on creation. Sarah gives prompts and ideas to reflect on during the session and you can take it any way you want.

The next class is TOMORROW April 3rd at 11 am EST.  The class is free to register for and every Saturday morning. Sign up for April 3rd Here

These classes are made available through SocietyX, a planet-wide digital collective of creators. SocietyX collaborates with very niche creatives (like moon yoga, therapeutic poetry, botany, photography and specialized meditations, etc.) to deliver both free and paid, public and one-on-one experiences five days a week. 

Find other SocietyX events Here

WATCH: The Plastic Wars

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This documentary shares the harsh realities of recycling in the US–the reality being that in 40 years, less than 10% of plastic has ever been recycled. We have been convinced, through advertising and misleading recycling logos, that the plastics we use everyday from grocery packages or really any single use plastic at this point is able to be recycled. In this investigation, NPR and the PBS series Frontline found that the producers of plastic have always been aware of this impossibility of recycling, even as they spent millions of dollars telling the American public the opposite because there is no profit in it. Now as it is an urgent crisis on the environment, it is time to fight against the amount of plastic being produced. 

Watch Here

LISTEN TO: Vanjess


The Nigerian-American singer-songwriter duo VanJess consists of sisters Ivana and Jessica Nwokike. Associated with the contemporary R&B duo is almost always the 1990s because of their sound–the mixes of pop, soul, electronic, funk, and hip-hop comes together in a nostalgic tone for the decade as the pair takes inspiration from acts like SWV, Zhané, and Brandy, in addition to the sounds of Janet Jackson, En Vogue, Jill Scott, Total, Erykah Badu, and early TLC, as well as the soulful electronic touch of Kaytranada, Azealia Banks and Soulection. Ivana shared with VIBE, “The ’90s really set the tone for our inspiration, our vibe.” Their chilled-out soul music that flows from sensual to feel-good music.

Their latest release ‘Homegrown’ has been out for a few months from RCA Records and ‘Silk Canvas’ which they self released in 2018. Check out their discography below:

Apple Music
Instagram: @vanjess

–Leah Flannery