In this months spotlight series, KERV is celebrating Women’s History Month by focusing its attention on innovating women business owners, content creators and entrepreneurs.
This week we’re excited to spotlight Raasin McIntosh of Raasin in the Sun, building resilient communities through art and environmental initiatives.
How did you get to this point?
There was one trip in particular to West Africa that inspired me to create Raasin in the Sun. It was something about the environment and the energy that ignited my passion to give. During the return trip home to the US … was this lingering question before me, “How to create meaningful change?”. Flying in the clouds, I looked out beyond the airplane window and there it was clear, hanging in the sky like a glowing medallion. Stemming from various acts of giving in a positive light, Raasin in the Sun was conceived. To me, the simplest depiction (symbol) of light was and is the sun.
With nothing to lose, I simply started with one act at a time. Starting with myself in hopes that others would be inspired to do the same. Being a kid raised in the Houston neighborhood of Sunny Side and 5th ward, I was no stranger to the arts. My Dad was always creating something whether it was making signs for the local Barber shop or building stages for bands to play. He always encouraged me to take on the arts and immersed me in the culture. But I never knew it would manifest in this way. People often label me when they see me as an artist of some kind. Well that may be right, but not necessarily a painter or musician. I create change and the world is my canvas.
What matters most to you?
What matters most to me is leaving a legacy for future generations. Passing the baton of light and love. To leave behind an indestructible platform for the arts and the environment in which we live. To demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity, discord and fear. To leave behind the idea that acts of kindness, selflessness, and giving doesn’t leave you without, but rather an open door to an abundance of joy, peace, and well being.