As a Goddard College Ambassador Alum (BA 2003 / HAS MA 2005), Melanie has a strong sense of community, along with immense respect for individualism. Receiving the Drexel University Deans Scholarship for excellence in research, Melanie selected to stay between her home in Lancaster, PA and her studies in Plainfield, VT, completing the Goddard College Health Arts & Sciences (HAS MA) program. The HAS MA is an interdisciplinary program founded on the principle that community health, personal health, and the health of the natural world are equal.
In 2009 the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) awarded Melanie a grant to complete a small business start up program offered by Assets Lancaster. As a result of Assets, she operated a unique craft and collectibles project, Beautiful Day Creations, through the death of her mother, who shared company with her after having to retire early as a result of Multiple Sclerosis. During the decade of time, from 2003-2013, besides her academic and creative accomplishments, Melanie worked in health care as an attendant and advocate. She also maintained volunteer work with the National M.S. Society, along with Lancaster County organizations such as the YWCA, Clare House for Women, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, and as poll clerk during elections.
Contributing to projects combining her background in the creative arts, the health arts and sciences, volunteer service, and her familiarity of urban dynamics, Melanie now enjoys a physically active, cosmopolitan lifestyle in Philadelphia. Find her enjoying Boot Camp at the Water Works and MoA, walking or jogging on Kelly Drive and the beautiful Schuylkill River Trail, or traveling Girard Avenue via the retro style 15 Trolley between the activities she frequents in Kensington, Northern Liberties, and Fishtown. She still volunteers with the National M.S. Society, along with local street based, outreach organizations.
Often asked from where she hails, Melanie is a vibrant thread in the weave of the American tapestry. Originally from Boston's North Shore, she lived in Coastal Florida and New Mexico during her middle school years as a result of her parent's creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. Independent since 16, she moved to Brooklyn at 18, living between New York and San Francisco for over a decade. Pennsylvania has been "home" since 1999.
Goddard College advisor Katt Lissard wrote: "Melanie was always a pleasure to work with. She's articulate, intelligent, highly creative, and has a strong sense of justice and the individual's right to personal freedom. Her work moves between the transgressive & the transformative, always including compassion & heart."
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PM Press: Jewish Noir Anthology
SWOP Philadelphia / Project SAFE
Community United for Safety and Protection (CUSP)
The ESPLER Project / ESPU San Francisco
Lady Dahlia Entertainment
The Erotic Literary Salon Philadelphia: Providing a supportive arena for sharing erotica, writing tips, encouraging writers, offering sex education and news with a positive spin
SEXx Interactive in affiliation with "Sex with Timaree" and GALAEI
Regain That Feeling with Dr. Mitch Tepper, PhD M P D
Noir Riot: A biennial literary journal published in conjunction with Out of the Gutter and NoirCon, a Philadelphia based crime fiction conference that has taken place on even-numbered years since 2008
Sen-Sexual E-Anthology in affiliation w. The Philadelphia Erotic Literary Salon
The Projection Booth Podcast hosted by Mike White and Rob St. Mary
IOTA: The Arlington Poetry Mic Hosted by Miles David Moore
The Walking Fish Theater Philadelphia
HeadPress 2.6: Collaborative interview with V.Vale of ReSearch Publications
ARCHIVED PROJECTS INCLUDE:
IMAGERY & COLLAGE
Philadelphia 2012 - 2013
Free Tours by Foot Philadelphia
Sales Gaspillee: Upstairs at The Irish Pol
jasharp Custom Jewelers
Dosie Dough Bakery
Dog Star Books
Millersville University/ Ganser Gallery
Franklin & Marshall College
FUND RAISER AFFILIATION
Clare House (Shelter for Women)
Crispus Attucks Community Center
Team American Spirit
The National M.S. Society
The Red Thread
FREELANCE & COMMUNITY EVENTS
PA Ballot Access Coalition, Philadelphia
CB Richard Ellis, Philadelphia
Christina's Pantry, Lancaster
DJ Gerri Hoff & The International Network, Lancaster
Dog Star Books, Lancaster
Eyes Wide Open /American Friends Service Committee, Lancaster
Gallery 141, Lancaster
Goodman Creations, Lancaster
Mimi Shapiro, Lancaster
Octavia & the Earthblood Blues Band, Paradise
Padmani Kundalini Yoga Products, Lancaster
Party of One, Lancaster / NYC
The Maternal Diva Rose Hudson, York
Andy Black's Necronomicon, UK
Barrel Entertainment, Detroit
Interested in Melanie's Creative History Dating Back to New York City & San Francisco 1988-1999?
Remember Gotham? Colloquially defined as part of the "Poverty Jet Set" of the NY-SF-LA Underground, Melanie worked on many unique independent films, documentaries, and art house projects. She was a popular artist's model, and performance art partner involved in successful exhibitions. Email for details of her retro resume.
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Beautiful Day Creations memorial website