Sushmita Mazumdar is an artist, writer, educator, and founder of Studio Pause, a space where everyday people are invited to make time for creativity and celebrate community. For the past 10 years, her work has encouraged children, families, and seniors to share their stories of home, heritage, and migration through the fun and exciting book arts.
“Studio Pause is really very dear because it is a space I have wanted,” Mazumdar said. “I started writing stories from my life, my childhood, or stories of an immigrant mom, and then, because I’m an artist, I make them into handmade storybooks. And then I teach all of that.”
Mazumdar has been named one of three Women of Vision for 2018 by the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Women are selected from the government, business, and nonprofit communities for their commitment and leadership in Arlington. The honorees will be recognized during a ceremony on June 26.
The studio offers WritingPAUSE and ArtPAUSE sessions, or community members can become a member. Studio Pause also offers receptions and CommunityPAUSE, which are free gatherings where anyone can share how they experience art, stories, or community.
“Now, there’s people who have never made art who’ve made art. There’s people who’ve never written who’ve written,” Mazumdar said.
Since the opening of Studio Pause, she has been inspired by the connections members and artists have made with each other, and the people who have been inspired to share their own art because of what they’ve seen in the studio. “The future is super exciting because I don’t know what it is, but it’s got to be awesome!”
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Arlington County is publishing video interviews with all three Women of Vision honorees. Check the Newsroom for additional videos before the June 26 event.