Member Spotlight: Cynthia Siadat and Melissa Dowler of She Sees
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist for Fractured Atlas
Cynthia M. A. Siadat, LCSW, and Melissa Dowler are the founders of She Sees, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of diverse female filmmakers and empowering young women to tell their stories through film. They have been members of Fractured Atlas since 2016.
How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your artistic practice?
Fractured Atlas has allowed She Sees to have an immediate sense of credibility in the world of mentorship and non-profit work. We have been able to receive donations, both monetary and in-kind with the help of Fractured Atlas. This has made it possible for large donors to receive the benefits of their generosity for contributing to our program.
How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your revenue/income generation?
In the past 6 months, our program has accumulated over $6,000 through donations processed through our year-round funding page and through our Fundraising by Fractured Atlas crowdfunding page. Recently, this allowed us to take our young women to their first film festival in San Diego.
Why do you think artists and organizations should become members of Fractured Atlas?
I think it allows for artists and organizations to have both a legitimacy of infrastructure and support from Fractured Atlas, allowing them to focus on growing their craft without the hassle of trying to soldier through the financial and legal needs on their own. It is a terrific resource for us
Do you have any upcoming events that people should know about?
Next year marks year 3 of She Sees at Bethune Middle School and we will begin the next program in January! For more information on the red carpet premiere people can sign up for our mailing list at SheSees.org.
What is your biggest accomplishment as a result of being a Fractured Atlas member?
So far, we have been able to host two wildly successful programs at Bethune Middle School in South Los Angeles — each with red carpet premieres. We’ve also been able to take our young women on a field trip to celebrate their hard work after this past school year, and take them to their first film festival (the San Diego International Kids Film Festival).
You can follow and learn more about She Sees on Facebook, Twitter; and Instagram at @SheSeesOrg.
About Molaundo Jones
Molaundo Jones is a visual artist, entrepreneur, and arts adminstrator. As Social Media Specialist, he creates strategies and content for social media marketing and works with our members to develop a comprehensive calendar of events. Molaundo is a New York native, earned his MFA in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, and BA in Marketing at Morehouse College. He is founder of The Clever Agency, a communications consultancy and develops professional development programs for Queens Council on the Arts. He has also worked with the New York Foundation on the Arts' Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program and Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp and has served as a grant panelist for Bryant Park Corporation, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Museum of Art and Design.