Author Archives: Miranda

Going Full-Time!

Going Full-Time!

It’s with equal parts excitement and trepidation that after over four years working full-time at The Umbrella Community Arts Center, I’m taking the dive. That’s right. Starting on December 15, I’ll be working full-time on Miranda’s Hearth.

Miranda’s Hearth is a social enterprise dedicated to building a community through creativity that is approachable, affordable, and accessible. We operate simultaneously on two intertwining levels: our non-profit arm, The Hearth Community, offers free or low cost creative programming while our for-profit arm, The Hearth Hotel, plans to offer hotel rooms where everything from the food to the furniture is handmade by local artists.

Once we’ve found our building, these two pieces will work together to create a self-sustaining, community-based arts business that gives back through community engagement and economic stability.

In October 2016, we founded our Board of Directors and in January 2017 we started a location feasibility study to find our permanent location. After eleven months of initial searching and four years of programming, we’ve found our first possible building (more details coming soon!) Because of the huge amount of growth we’ve experienced, especially in the past two years, I’ve decided that it’s finally time to put my all into this business and see what we can accomplish.

I have greatly enjoyed my four years at The Umbrella and have appreciated the opportunities for growth and experimentation along the way. When I finished my master’s program in 2013, I realized that I would need extensive administrative experience or education to start my own community art business. Looking at my student loans, I wasn’t eager to get another master’s degree in arts administration and I was grateful to find an employment opportunity that would allow me to gain important administrative experience while also supporting myself financially.

In addition to everything I’ve learned on the administrative side, I have been part of a truly rich community of artists whose company and creativity have been a constant education. While I’m incredibly excited to start this next step in my journey, it will be hard to say goodbye to a place that has been my home for so many years.

I want to extend a deep, deep thank you to everyone at The Umbrella, the Hearth, and beyond who has worked with me to get this far. I couldn’t have done it without the contribution of each of our community members. I am constantly humbled and thrilled to see so many talented people working alongside me to achieve this dream.

Want to get involved? Now is the time! We’re looking for two-three more board members as we push forward with our location feasibility study. If you’re interested, check out this post or drop me a line.

In order for myself and the Hearth Board of Directors to focus on our strategic planning for next year and the future, we will take a short Winter Break from our regular Hearth Programming starting after Thanksgiving. But keep your eyes open for 2018 because friends, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Become a Board Member for Miranda’s Hearth!

As the Board of Directors for Miranda’s Hearth enters our second year, we’re looking for two-three more directors to join our ranks! Our board currently consists of professionals from a wide variety of fields including investment, education, marketing, and design. In order to bring our board to the next level, we’re looking for people withContinue Reading

Where Ideas Come From: The Compost Heap

Where Ideas Come From: The Compost Heap

I prescribe to the belief that nothing is truly original, that true creativity is as simple and as difficult as building new connections between preexisting ideas. Most of my creative projects arise out of an accumulation of years of discarded thoughts. Countless ideas that I’ve scrawled in notebooks only to be left in a pileContinue Reading

Open Space and Folding Stairs

Open Space and Folding Stairs

One of the most fascinating things about building a tiny house is that it makes you come face to face with your values. As an artist and a community builder, I knew from the very beginning that my tiny house needed to have a central open space. I wanted to be able to have severalContinue Reading

Support Tiny House Hurricane Relief in Houston

Support Tiny House Hurricane Relief in Houston

This weekend at the 3rd Annual Tiny House Festival, we’ll be raising money to support Nu-Waters Co-op, a small business incubation started through Project Row Houses to address food deserts in Houston. Nu-Waters runs a Tiny House Build Site with 15-person teams who work together to collaboratively build tiny houses for each participant.  In theContinue Reading

The Expressive Technique (aka Dumbledore’s Pensive)

When my mind or my heart gets too full and I finally start listening to what my body needs, I inevitably find myself in my studio. As an interdisciplinary artist, I have many avenues at my disposal to get whatever is rattling around my brain outside of me. They are not mechanical techniques or well-practicedContinue Reading

The Acadia by Tiny Living Spaces

The Acadia by Tiny Living Spaces

The Acadia by Tiny Living Spaces is a total of 275 sq feet of living space. Roadworthy at under 14,000 lbs and 13.6 high X 8.6.wide atop a 24 ft tiny home trailer with 4 ft bump out. Ample storage throughout, on demand hot water and prepped for D/W and W/D combo unit. The homeContinue Reading

Hammerstone Building Workshops and Guest House!

Hammerstone Building Workshops and Guest House!

Hammerstone: Carpentry for Women is THE east coast venue for women to learn basic carpentry skills in a supportive, judgement free environment. This year they’ll be returning to the annual BIG Tiny House Festival after their debut in 2014 to share those skills with you! Hammerstone will be offering two 2.5 hour workshops on Saturday, SeptemberContinue Reading

Destiny Dweller!

Destiny Dweller!

I have lived in my 160 sq. ft. tiny house in NY for about 8 months now and have loved every second of it! Fully equipped with a living area, dining room table, deep closet, kitchen, full bathroom, and two lofts, this house is the perfect fit for me active and carefree lifestyle. The unique thingContinue Reading

Kat Mondieu’s Converted School Bus

Kat Mondieu’s Converted School Bus

Kat Mondieu turned a 2002 Freightliner FS65 schoolbus into a tiny home on wheels. It sleeps 4-6 with bunks, a queen size bed in back, a dining area that converts to a bed, composting toilet, kitchen, wood burning stove & tub. She’s been working on it since June 2016 with her partner and has lived in itContinue Reading