Artist, Author, Educator, Coach...
Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates opened the doors to the DIVA Empowerment Studio on February 29. 2020 -- just 13 days before the State was shutdown due to the COVID19 pandemic. Although she hasn't been able to teach in person at her Studio, which is located in a beautiful historic building in the Station North Arts District in Baltimore Maryland, she was determined to share the healing power of art despite the shutdown. Using her 30+ years in the information technology field, Wysdom has begun to bring her offerings fully online.
As a sur-thriver of intimate partner abuse, Wysdom embarked on a healing journey through art circa 2009. In 2013, she was certified as an Intentional Creativity Teacher and Coach and has striven to share the tools of Intentional Creativity with other women, most especially sur-thrivers of domestic violence. In 2021, Wysdom received a second certification in Intentional Creativity when she became a Certified Intentional Creativity Guide. Through the Red Thread connection, Wysdom is able touch the lives of women who have similar stories to her own and has been instrumental in starting them on the path of sacred creative self-care.
Wysdom became a published author in 2014 with the release of her book, Dear Sister: A Book of Poetry and Conversation. Dear Sister is a gentle introduction to Intentional Creativity through poetry, prose, image and symbol. A collaborative effort, with poetry written by Vicki Lichter, Dear Sister seeks to meet you where you are and help you to heal the scars of domestic violence and sexual assault. The book is the culmination of Wysdom's healing journey through intimate partner abuse.
Through her studies in, and daily use of Intentional Creativity, Wysdom has created D.O.T.S. of Dopeness -- Domestic violence Outreach for Transformation and Support. This program is geared toward sur-thrivers of intimate partner abuse; however, it can be used by anyone going through chaotic and challenging life situations. Wysdom is dedicated to focusing her efforts to reach as many sur-thrivers as she is able to in this lifetime. She has planned an onslaught of courses for DOTS and is currently creating curriculum for this initiative.
Wysdom has turned the scars of intimate partner abuse, infidelity, and being a Black woman in America into the stars that allow her essence to shine brightly. She is wholly feminine, fierce, and fearless and refuses to take one baby step backward into depression and despair. She is healed enough to ensure that the tragedies experienced in her past no longer affect her present nor her future. Wysdom's ultimate goal is to help ensure other women reach the status of "healed enough," for that is all that is needed. No one will ever completely heal from the scars that sprinkle their life's history. We can, however, heal those scars enough so that they no longer ooze over into our present life. Starting with her Self, Wysdom has reached this status intends to continue to remain healed enough and bring as many women along with her as is humanly possible.