I have known Emily Nussdorfer for 17 years and served as a professional coach and mentor through her beginning years of discovering her life purpose and transforming herself to meet her goals and put into action the love and commitment that she found inside of herself to help young women. Emily's work is remarkably powerful and effective to help young women shift from inner disconnection and intense life challenges to becoming leaders, and creative power houses in their right. The work that Ms. Nussdorfer is giving to the world is a model for other organizations and programs who wish to give young women the opportunity to shine, rise up in their unique strengths and find who they really are. Each time this happens, we are valuing and supporting the innate gifts that each woman has to give to our evolving world culture.
I have known Emily Nussdorfer through the creative community for at least 10 years and find her passion for guiding young women into powerful, successful adulthood to be inspiring. I have been following her journey with Moving Creations since its inception. She has found ways to glean the best mentors, , promotion, partipants and supporters for this vital program. AS a journalist, I did a story a few years back about Moving Creations and was touched to tears by a comment made by one of the girls that if not for Emily and the program, she could have become a statistic. Just imagine how many lives Moving Creations has touched and how many more it will touch. Would love to see it out there in the world BIG TIME with the funding to reflect it! Blessings, Rev. Edie Weinstein www.liveinjoy.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving Creations and Emily have been a God sent for my family. My Daughter started with the organization at the beginning,she started out lost confused and even a little defiant,she was at the point where we both needed help.Moving Creations provided a great outlet for my daughter and the other girls to understand why they were feeling he way they were by teaching the girls to look inside themselves. They did many performances with dance and poetry and even a film which they participated 100% everything from witting, stage props,and even being highly involved in their own dance routines. By the time my daughter was near completion she was a leader worthy of following,a confident young women ,and able to resolve controversy among her peers. I am very proud of my daughter and forever thankful to Emily and Moving Creations.
Moving Creations is the perfect name for this program, and I have experienced exactly that. I met Emily in the Spring of 2004 and began working as the creative writing/poetry teacher a few weeks later. I was "moved" by her passion to "create" safe spaces of expression and power for adolescent girls. I was "moved" because of the ways in which my path mirrored theirs, that I had also been a girl navigating through the struggles of our racial/economic/ gendered/ spatial/inheritances. I had not known then the ways in which my life would be changed in the process, not only as a result of witnessing the power of one woman's passion to love and fight for these girls and their right to inhabit such spaces, but through baring witness to countless girls' "movement" through this program's "creative" processes. I watched girls enter,like cocoons- afraid, withdrawn, uncertain, devalued, distrustful, SILENCED--and leave as sister-butterflies--self-assured, hopeful, confident, trusting, present, having claimed agency through developing a love for the sounds of their own voices, the sight of themselves in the mirror, through friendship, through poetry, dance, through a passion for the power of seeing and being seen. Ive seen them grow to be young women, many of which had plans to enter college, had begun to see themselves as young scholars, as people who became concious of the music they listened to, of the words they chose to use, of their social trajectories, of their abilities, beauty, intelligence-- newly defined and refined. Moving Creations/Girls on the Move is definitely the most accurate name for this program because that is exactly what has occured. The girls have developed and "moved" in to the being and becoming of who they always were--beautiful "creations". Emily really deserves to be applauded, because she has undergone a number of sacrifices in order to keep this program running. Her work is phenomenal, just like heart and her vision for this program. Such programs really are the bottom line between life and death for a lot of young people, such as it was the case for me growing up (I had an "Emily" to cross my path). Young girls need spaces in which they wre invited to think of new ways of thinking and being in the world as they negotiate becoming women, and Moving Creations has provided that space not only for the girls as students but for myself as a teacher, and for that I am grateful. --peqce
Emily is an inspiration! The work Moving Creations Inc has accomplished over the years is truly remarkable. Participation in this program has transformed girls into young women, young women who are brigther, compassionate, motivated and mature. My work with this company has allowed me to witness how one person can make a difference in the lives of many! Not only has Emily touched the girls she works with but also the staff who have had the pleasure of helping her achieve her goals. As a board member and as a friend, I have watched Moving Creations grow, transform and struggle. I am confident Moving Creations will continue to enrich the lives of the girls it takes under its wings!
Emily is an incredible person that has touched so many young female adult lives. My daughter had the pleasure of being influenced by the moving creation staff. It provided her with a way to express herself through poetry and dance. I believe that if she did not have the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible venture she would have turned to violence and drugs. Thank you moving creation for being a great friend and mentor to my daughter.
It was my great honour to assist Emily in setting the first phase,Girls of promise, into action. i helped in the art zone...posters, masks, shirt painting, helping the girls get results from their effort at renewal and growing.I put my experience at Emily's disposal and helped to train different Instructors in the requirements of the course. It was wonderful to watch the evolution of these girls from shyness to self confidence.I have been kept up with the process thanks to the newsletters, and attended some of the girls subsequent performances. This program deserves to be in a position to sustain and develop what has been achieved. Emily's dedication and consistency is an example to us all.
Emily Nussdorfer and Moving Creations have been some of my principal inspirations in the world of youth empowerment and community transformation through the Arts. As an artist, educator, and activist myself, I was incredibly moved by the work the girls from the Girls on the Move Project created about their growth and transformation, and even more so, their visions for their communities. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with a number of the Girls on the Move Graduates in community poetry festivals, leadership symposiums, and young mother advisory groups, and I have been repeatedly impressed by the comfort with which they face and discuss difficult and complex issues, share openly of themselves and their experiences, and above all, testify for the world they wish to see emerge around them, and their willingness to participate in this process. Having spent years in schools with this age group, I have found this traits to be rare and often far between, but to be commonplace among the girls Moving Creations has embraced. What Moving Creations does so well that others so often struggle with, is maintain a big picture of social synergy and community health through all of its specific and hands on work with the specific needs and obstacles of each girl, supporting them to become their highest selves with a sense of purpose for a large family that needs them. I only wish this program were available to every girl in the Philadelphia public schools.
Moving Creations is an incredible program that addresses the personal, emotional, artistic, and professional needs and goals of the young ladies involved. I believe that people do not find themselves, but create themselves. Moving Creations helped the participants (and the teaching artists, parents, and others involved) to create themselves from their past while building a future. Unlike any other program I have witnessed, this program acknowledges not only the needs of the girls but also the girls' contribution to the program. In other words, the program helps the girls to understand and appreciate the greatness that they come to the program with, and then develop and nurture that greatness so that others can see it.
I was a board member of Moving Creations Inc. I am a creative arts therapist and know that art is powerful medium for transformation. The program offered by Moving Creations supports female youth from Philadelphia develop into strong women. I commitment and dedication of the executive director and the art teachers is inspiring.