A PLACE OF HER OWN (PLACE) is dedicated to sparking and sustaining the well-being of women. Our artistic, culturally based social justice platforms encourage women to speak their truths, step into their power, and release judgement, guilt and shame. PLACE creates opportunities for visibility through professional public exhibitions that collectively build sanctuary and invite audience participation. 
We inspire and foster confidence, compassion and leadership within women of color, their communities and beyond. 

Who is PLACE for?: Open to all women. Grown from an Asian American cultural perspective, we focus on women of color, but open to  all women seeking a new way forward.
 PLACE especially works for women that are ready to share their stories as part of their healing and transformation. 
No art experience necessary, just a big interest in creative learning, growing and participating.

Founder/Director: Cynthia Tom
Co-Workshop Leader: Maggie Yee
  BIOS of the Faculty and Advisors



  2018 A PLACE OF HER OWN @ J-SEI, Emeryville - Photo Cris Matos          

2015 A PLACE OF HER OWN @SOMArts Cultural Center - Photo Cris Matos​​

 is a culturally informed, arts-based healing and transformation program is designed to deeply transform those who want to move forward in their lives.
20 weekly sessions; 6 Culminating Exhibition events and feedback sessions

Phase 1: EXPLORING AND NAMING OUR HUNGRY GHOSTS: Beliefs that Hold You Back | Family Patterns
●       Examine beliefs that hold you back, including exploration of your family patterns and creation of your family map and patterns.

Phase 2: RELEASING OUR HUNGRY GHOSTS:  Love Letters to Myself | The PILLOW Project | Aspirations || Turn on Intuition- Found Object Art Philosophy and Practice - Learning to “Like What I Like”

Phase 3: CLAIMING MY PLACE: Studio Time-Art Creation for Exhibition. Re-claim your voice through creating personal artwork for the exhibition.  Art creation guidance available.
EXHIBITION. “If you had a place of your own, what would it be?”
Phase 4: PROCLAIMING MY PLACE – The Exhibition and Events:
A professional exhibition shares vision with friends, family and the public. You will experience what it is to be deeply supported while experiencing your creative impact on others, building voice and passion.

We hope to inspire everyone to think deeply about where they’ve been, who they want to become and what they need to do to get there.   
PLACE aims to build individual strength and community leadership amongst women, through experiential workshops, exhibitions, and other platforms for community dialogue.    PLACE provides tools for individual internal research to develop intuition, confidence, and leadership while building community in a safe and nurturing environment.

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    A PLACE OF HER OWN Facilitators
  2. 2016 PLACE workshop session photo Reiko Fujii
    2016 PLACE workshop session photo Reiko Fujii