Soul Studio Artist Spotlight : Cassandra Thomas

Creative inspiration can come from a great many different places. A person might see a sunset and feel the need to capture it in a photograph. Another person could have a passion for a specific game and chose to design a poster to tell others about it.

Watch our video see where Cassandra got the inspiration for her latest project.

Cassandra Thomas, a Soul Studio Artist, caught her inspiration to create her latest piece when she was listening to a song. She was sitting in the Dresner Foundation Soul Studio listening to, “Powerful” a song that was created for the Fox show, Empire. Thomas said, “I was listening to it and the idea just popped into my head. I added the words at the top of it and Adam [Lead artist in the studio] helped me with the fist part of it.”

Thomas started at the Dresner Foundation Soul Studio at the Farber Center this past summer. “My case worker told me about it. To be honest, I didn’t want to come,” Thomas said. “But, I decided to give it a try and now I like to see that I’m famous. I see my work everywhere now.” She said with a smile.

Cassandra and Stella working together

Cassandra and Stella working together

For this project, Thomas was partnered with Soul Studio volunteer Stella Johnstone. Johnstone is an art student and specializes in printmaking. “I learned about the Soul Studio from a friend in my art class. I thought it was something I would like to be involved in. So I went online and filled out the form. Bassie [Shemtov, Friendship Circle co-founder] contacted me about making prints for the art show and I said, I’d be here at 3pm.” Johnstone said on how she became involved with the studio. “I am used to the systematic approach to art in class. These artists totally break that for me. I am in awe of what they do everyday.” Johnstone said about her experiences in the studio.

Cassandra and Stella creating a poster print of I Am Powerful

Cassandra and Stella creating a poster print of I Am Powerful

Founded in 2015 Soul Studios is a project of Friendship Circle. Soul Projects gives adults with special needs the opportunity to be active, productive and most importantly, included members of society. Soul Projects offers three distinct programs: The Soul Studio, Soul Cafe Training and Friendship Bakery all offer a tailored approach to each individual participant.

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