We love asking the folks that inspire and excite us about what inspires and excites them. Check out their responses below.

Molly Sydbor | Multidisciplinary Artist

My main sourced of inspiration come from self exploration. As a biracial (black) queer woman who straight and white passes, inspiration coming from experience is quite common. My work is often about how I move through life. It evolves as I do. I read a lot about identity and learn new words for things I was doing but didn’t have the vocabulary for. I intend to teach others about these things through my work. I have a fairly unique and niche perspective on life because of who I am and what I look like. With so many people gatekeeping blackness, queerness, and sexuality, I don’t fit into most peoples mold unintentionally as well as intentionally. Its a strange duality of ways to be but it helps advance my work and the messages and things I like to talk about. Read more>>

Kim Guthrie | Kim Guthrie Art Artist and Gallery Owner

I am inspired by any and everything. For a creative, it is the constant inspiration of how to sift through those and take that inspiration into a tangible place. I am enamored by the work of others that have come before us to make a path so that others may follow or be inspired to carve their own path. Lately I have been inspired by the community I find myself in, the historical buildings, the trees and the way the light streams forth through them,The plants and landscaping in my daily walks, the patriotism of porches with flags., the gingerbread on the homes exterior or the ancient iron fences.So basically,I’m a like a squirrel with a nut running to and fro. Read more>>

Jackquelyn Brown | Photographer & Multimedia Journalist

Although I believe my love for photography grew as a child and before I realized it could be a career, my inspiration for becoming a photographer first began in middle school, when I was obsessed with “America’s Next Top Model” hosted by Tyra Banks. Before seeing Nigel Barker on the show and realizing it’s something you can do for a living, I was in 3rd grade asking for more disposable cameras to take pictures with. I remember my family ridiculing me for “wasting film” for not always taking pictures with my friends, but shooting landscapes and objects (which all came out horrible, nonetheless), but then at 12-years-old, my aunt bought me my first digital camera. I used that thing until I was a Sophomore in high school, and my art teacher, Mr. Lee at Putnam City West, was also a photographer and introduced me to Photoshop, and my passion grew from there. Read more>>

Lisa Stanley | Superintendent of North Texas Collegiate Academy

I am inspired by the teachers I work with at North Texas Collegiate Academy. We have a very unique and special family of educators who truly believe that every child matters and that relationships are the keys to success. I’ve always admired our teachers and appreciated their faithful dedication to our students, but during this pandemic they’ve inspired me at a greater level. With no notice, we transitioned from in-person to at-home learning in March 2020. I initially felt such a sense of overwhelming anxiety and fear that our students may not be served as well while they were not on-campus; I worried that they may suffer emotionally and socially because they were not in their traditional school environment. Looking back now, I can see that my worry and anxiety were needless because our teachers rocked it! Read more>>