540 at The Yards Educator Spotlight | Kasim Wallace

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We are pleased to have Kasim Wallace teach his class Intro to Socially Conscious Puppet Making for Kids

Sunday February 24th  | 1pm-3pm  | $20

About Kasim Wallace 

When did you begin business and/or teaching?

KW: As long as I can remember I’ve loved to create art and paint, but I hadn’t really even considered teaching until my senior year of highschool when I began volunteering at the MAG. I knew I loved working with kids through summer camp, but it wasn’t until then that I connected the joy of working with youth with my passion for art. 

Where did you get the inspiration for your business brand?

KW: Gradually, as I became more serious about my art making, I realized it deserved a brand and more of my own time.

What makes you want to teach/do your business?

KW: I was home-schooled and was fortunate enough to have several really good teachers that left an impression on me in non-traditional ways. I would love to be that for someone. To provided a safe outlet for youth finding their voices.

How do you stay healthy?

KW: Staying healthy for me has many looks. I have worked in urban farming for some years and certainly connect that. I also believe that mental health is essential. Generally I like to look for little joys in life.

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your career?

KW: Time has honestly been one of my greatest obstacles. It’s only recently that I’ve been able to start teaching as part of my career, which has really been a blessing. Prior to that I found myself doing art largely as a hobby, which is always a little tricky. 

When you aren’t teaching classes what do you like to do?

KW: Everything. I love to try new things. Some of my go-tos for fun or leisure are dance, running, reading, and mysteries.

What is it that inspires you to keep going as entrepreneur.

KW: Honestly, it’s a bit up and down for me. I’m definitely more inspired at some points in life over others.

What are you working on now?

KW: I sadly don’t have many personal art projects that I am working on, but I know I hope to do something with animation this summer. I am also vending at craft shows. In the last 5 years I’ve been in a handful art shows where I’ve really started to forge a community.  In the mean time, I am working on my lesson plans for my classes at the Memorial Art Gallery and for summer camps.

What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

KW: Staying true my natural quiet personality while also learning to have my own voice.

What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing their own business?

KW: Stop waiting for it to be perfect. The moment will never come. You will always have an “if only”. Acknowledge it. But, don’t wait for it. My first week as a teacher I lost my voice. I thought about calling in sick. Then I realized I just had to become creative and let my actions speak louder than my words.

Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?

KW: Have fun as a business owner.

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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