Community of Hope Brings Dr. Nancy Hardt’s Trauma-Informed Care and Resilience Building Workshop


The two-part workshop, held at Auburn University’s Student Center December 4th and 5th was grounded in the medical science and understanding of the role that childhood trauma plays in long-term health outcomes. Providing first hand data, Dr Hardt shared the results of University of Florida, Gainseville’s trauma informed care approach to the development of a Mobile Outreach Clinic. Combined with innovative policy measures in law enforcement and in collaboration with community resources centers, Dr. Hardt’s team significantly reduced child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and the number of children entering foster care system in four years. The mobile outreach clinic works with students, faculty, and community partners to deliver general health care in areas with the greatest need. The workshop taught childhood trauma assessment, techniques for managing stress, and pathways for building resilience in children, families and with the care providers themselves.
In attendance were leaders from Auburn University, City of Opelika Planning, Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services, Lee County DHR, and Tuskegee University.
Mobile Studio is serving as Project Managers for the City of Opelika Community of Health and has forged a historic partnership between Opelika, Auburn University Outreach, East Alabama Medical Center and Casey Family Programs. Dr. Johnny Green, Vice President for Outreach and Student Affairs is helping to replicate and advance Dr. Hardt’s model, bringing the Deans and Faculty leadership of the School of Nursing, the College of Liberal Arts and student organizations to the table. Together we will consider how we can advance this powerful model of outreach and care as we adjust it to our communities in Alabama.
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OFR Storytelling Festival 2017 a Success for Rural Placemaking

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The Old Federal Road Storytelling Festival at the Ridge Interpretive Center in Warrior Stand, South Macon County has become a wonderful and memorable tradition!  This festival was born to strengthen community arts and rural place-making in Macon County Alabama. To do this requires building trust and sharing vulnerabilities with the communities with which we work. The Festival honors the layered histories, the unsung herstories, the rewritten our stories of South Macon creating a place of sharing and exchange. The 2017 performers, musicians, historians and community leaders that shared the stage were absolutely excellent!

Through the sponsorship of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, AL 200 and Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, this festival is free to the public. It is part of the larger initiative to catalyze sustainable economic growth and community development throughout the County and capital of Tuskegee. As Lindsey Lunsford, featured storyteller who brought back Mrs. Nellie Reid, founder of the South Macon Training School, says of her own work it ” draws on Black Power and cultural sovereignty to strengthen and reshape the modern environmental ethos that reclaims community, food and space.” Already looking forward to 2018!

Opelika Community of Hope launches Mobile Health Clinic!

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Casey Family Programs has partnered with the City of Opelika to strengthen families and reduce the number of children requiring the services of the foster care system. The project includes numerous community, university and civic partners, notably Mayor Gary Fuller’s Office, the Opelika City Council, East Alabama Medical Center, Auburn University Office of Student Outreach and the Auburn University School of Nursing.
On October 12th and 13th Paul DiLorenzo, Senior Director of Strategy for Casey Family Programs along with local Casey Family Programs Project Managers Jocelyn Zanzot and Daniel Neil of Mobile Studio conducted a two-day workshop featuring Dr. Nancy Hardt, M.D. University of Florida Medical School, Emeritus focusing on mobile health care strategies to reach under-served populations. Dr. Hart presented her successful model from the Gainesville area that provides free health care to low income communities and the impact of overall community health on successful families.
First Transit has donated a 40’long passenger bus to the Opelika Community of Hope and is dedicated to helping this project succeed.
Mobile Studio is very excited to advance Dr. Hardt’s model here in Opelika, situating the work within a comprehensive Community Health Equity Assessment. The next year presents exciting opportunities to design a state of the art mobile health clinic, listen and understand the community’s needs and desires, create an inter professional approach to staffing and outreach via the bus, learn about and create a training model based on trauma informed care and building resilience and chart a pathway for ending childhood trauma and enhancing family resilience in Opelika Alabama that will radiate out to the greater Central Alabama region. We hope you will get involved!
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San Francisco is now the first major US city to build a new memorial to the ‘Comfort Women’. Mobile Studio served as Project Managers for this major World War II Human Rights Memorial and worked hand in hand with the City of San Francisco Arts Commission and SF Rec. and Parks to make it happen. After hosting an international call for artists, acclaimed sculpture Steven Whyte was chosen to honor and interpret the suffering, resilience and courage of those women and create a beacon within this great international city that calls for the continued fight for justice and serves as a place of peace and reconciliation.

It was an absolute pleasure to build this Memorial with our San Francisco based crew on behalf of the ‘Comfort Women’ Justice Coalition. There really are no more competent and talented builders than Sheedy Drayage, who hauled the steel for the Golden Gate Bridge, and Hathaway Dinwiddie, General Contractors who built the TransAmerica Tower. With the architectural direction of Heller Manus and our project management, these gentlemen handled the corten steel column, internal armature and bronze figures with with absolute expertise. We hope you will visit St. Mary’s Square  , discover the history and vibrant culture of the Pan Asian community of San Francisco and make a pilgrimage to the “Women’s Column of Strength”, ‘Comfort Women” Memorial. It is a very special public gathering space at the crossroads of Chinatown and SF’s Financial district, a landscape of memory and inspiration.


Comfort Women Memorial SF Update!

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Mobile Studio is honored to serve as project managers for the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition to give the gift of a new piece of public art to the City of San Francisco,  a Memorial to the “Comfort Women”. Working with leaders in international human rights and justice issues around the world dedicated to ending violence against and sexual trafficking of women and girls, this memorial remembers the suffering, resilience, strength, courage and on-going struggle for justice of the so-called “Comfort Women”. Mobile Studio’s leadership resides our ability to orchestrate a project of this complexity with transparency, and best practices between multiple agencies and civic groups including the SF Public Art Commission, Rec and Parks, a fantastic team of engineers, architects and builders, and the amazing Artist Steven Whyte. Please follow along as we choreograph and deliver this important new landmark and beacon of hope to visitors from around the world, the citizens of the Bay Area, and the residents of St. Mary’s Square in Chinatown.



Of many submissions around the globe, the “Women’s Column of Strength” by Stephen Whyte was selected to serve as the Comfort Women Memorial! Whyte is a classically trained figurative sculptor, whose work has recently been accepted into the Smithsonian Institute of Art. For this project in particular, he has created a powerful and inspiring piece that captures the story of the Comfort Women, soon to be cast in bronze. “Women’s Column of Strength,” is due to be installed in September of 2017. As approved by the San Francisco Public Art Commission and Department of Recreation and Parks, the memorial will be displayed proudly in St. Mary’s Square- to be looked upon with admiration and remembrance.


City of Opelika, Community of Hope- Casey Family Programs

Casey Family Programs have selected Opelika, Alabama, to become a Community of Hope, or city where the foundation will work to strengthen struggling families and reduce the need for foster care intervention overall. In order to face such an imposing and complex issue, project leaders and community members alike must collaborate to reach a solution. Mobile Studio is excited to participate in this significant quest as project managers to the Opelika Community of Hope. Currently, we are in the process of working to analyze and understand relevant background data in order to develop a solution. Mobile Studio has met and will meet with many partners from the Lee County Youth Development Services, city officials, Carver Jeter neighborhood leaders, and members from Casey Family Programs to discuss the projected path moving forward. We all share the vision and hope to support local families, create safer and happier environments, and eliminate the necessity for foster care as completely as possible.

OLD FEDERAL ROAD STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: October 29th in Warrior Stand, Alabama

A day-long storytelling festival on the Old Federal Road will celebrate South Macon County’s history and events encompassing the Creek Indian Nation to Alabama Fever to Reconstruction up to the 1950s. The slate of activities includes: stories told about community life, people, cultural traditions and folkways, music, artifact displays, and tours of The Ridge Interpretive Center. The great Dr. Lorenzo Pace will be this year’s featured storyteller. Family-friendly, children’s activities, and delicious “tastes of the ridge” will be a’ plenty.

“Comfort Women” Memorial SF: CALL FOR ARTISTS LAUNCHED!


For Immediate Release:

The Comfort Women Justice Coalition in partnership with the City of San Francisco, California have released a Request for Proposals for the design of a Memorial to the “Comfort Women”, the victims of sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army 1932-1945, to be built in St. Mary’s Square in the heart of Chinatown. This call is open globally to all artists and public place-makers, and seeks proposals of the highest artistic caliber. A public art panel consisting of community leaders, arts and design professionals will review submissions. The public will be invited to review the submissions at an open exhibition of all entries. The submissions deadline is September 30th 2016, at which point three finalists will be selected, each of whom will receive a thousand dollar stipend to refine their final designs. The winning submissions will be announced December 5th, 2016. The proposed installation date is the spring/summer of 2017.



A public exhibition of the 36 submissions of design proposals for the “Comfort Women” Memorial SF was held at the Chinatown Branch Library on October 15th, 2016.

All of the submissions for the call for artists can now be seen here: