Check out the Our BEST Space flyer! Feel free to download, forward and/or share. Better, stop by for a visit this summer. We’d love to see you! 💚
(NEW) Lunch and Learn Series Summer 2019: Short 50-minute presentations chock full of information, tips, and tricks you can use at Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington. The presentations will be facilitated by BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel.
Bring your lunch and let the learning begin.
There is no charge to attend. All are welcome!
The Summer 2019 Lunch and Learn series kicks off June 11, 2019 from 1 pm to 2 pm, with the presentation, Discovering Your Inner Entrepreneur.
Our BEST Space is located at 2607 Bridgeport Way W, Suite 1H , University Place. For directions, click here.
Here at the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we are so excited!
Take a sneak peek at some upcoming events this summer in July and August and get your calendars ready.
Here we go!
July 21 – Adaptive Kayak Day with HeadStrong and Outdoors for All in Seattle
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Magnuson Park • Picnic Shelter #2 • Seattle, WA
Accessible Kayaks • Picnic Lunch • Games
Youth, Adults, Families, and Siblings Welcome
Get out on the Water!
The 6th Annual BEST/HeadStrong Picnic, August 18, 2019 in Federal Way, W
August 18 – 6th Annual HeadStrong and BEST Picnic and Kayak Day at
Dash Point State Park
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Dash Point State Park • S2-Beach Parking Picnic Shelter
5700 SW Dash Point Rd • Federal Way, WA 98023
Potluck Picnic • Friends • Games • Beaches
Accessible Kayaking led by Outdoors for All
Stay tuned for our Facebook event page and RSVP info!
🌟NEW (Summer 2019): Take a virtual tour of our Superhero Shoppe,⚡️featuring all things superhero along with some fabulous local artists and makers! New merch and fun summer vibe awaits.🌞 Better? Proceeds support BEST programs and services that in turn support the brain injury community and their families. Check it out!
It’s our BEST art round-up of all things art in our community!
Creative Time is held each Wednesday at Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington from 11 am to 3 pm. Led by artist Diane Rasch, explore a variety of arts and crafts in a safe and comfortable environment. Activities are free and materials are provided (donations however are welcome). No experience necessary and all are welcome! Click here to learn more.
Washington State BEST Artists:
BEST is going to be participating in a community art installation at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM). Work displayed in Tacoma Art Museum’s TAM Local: Community Art Space for the Superhero show from October 16, 2019 to December 26, 2019.
To learn more about the community art installation program and the museum, please click here.
We are calling all BEST artists throughout Washington State to share your art with us! Learn more, here.
BEST Artists, we will also be scheduling special art “pick-up” days in the state, along with a special BEST Space art “drop-off” day. Stay tuned for details to come!
Additional artist spotlights are planned for the coming months! Stay tuned to meet even more amazing artists in our community.
The 11th Annual Brain Injury Art Show at the Seattle Art Museum, June 5, 2019 through July 22, 2019. Learn more, here.
Save the date for the the BEST Community Art Installation, Superhero. The show runs from October 16, 2019 through December 26, 2019. Click here to read all about it.
The Art of Empowerment:
On December 3, 2019, BEST will explore The Art of Empowerment. This will be a year end celebration of how we create personal and community empowerment. This is art at its BEST and we are thrilled to celebrate. More to come this summer, (wink, wink).
Ah, for the love of lavender! 💜
This sweet-smelling, vibrantly colored plant is not only beautiful, but it chock full of health benefits.
Here are some interesting facts about lavender.
Did you know:
To learn more about lavender and health, click here.
To find out more about lavender essential oil, click here.
For those in the Pacific Northwest, lavender festivals and celebrations and more:
For a lavender growing guide, click here.
Interested in making your own lavender oil? Check this out.
It must be in the genes.
Diane Rasch and Hannah Krueger are not only mother and daughter, but they are also both passionate and dedicated artists. What is even more interesting: both women are featured in the same two upcoming art shows in the Pacific Northwest this year.
The artists will show their work in the 11th Annual Brain Injury Art Show at the Seattle Art Museum next month, and the BEST Superhero community art installation at the Tacoma Art Museum this fall.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) recently had the opportunity to interview both Rasch and Krueger about their approach to art, their journey forward after traumatic brain injury (TBI), and their pieces for the upcoming art show in June.
It wasn’t lost on us that both women, during each other’s interviews, were beaming with love and pride for one another as each listened in intently.
Let’s meet our artists.
Artist Hannah Krueger
Hannah Krueger began exploring art and creativity in her twenties. It proved to be life affirming and satisfying.
“It helped me go through life. Every piece I do, it means something to me.”
Art has been particularly important to Krueger since 2017 after falling in a store and sustaining a traumatic brain injury. While she coped with symptoms right after her fall, her symptoms returned a year later, which created challenges.
Krueger wants to share how she copes through her artwork.
Next month, Krueger will participate in her first art show, the 11th Annual Brain Injury Art Show at the Seattle Art Museum. Her piece, titled, Beautiful You, a mixed media art piece that features paints, paper art, and repurposed materials, has deep personal meaning for the artist.
“The circle shows who I am, and the outside shows the TBI,” explains the artist.
She breaks down the outside of the piece further.
“As someone struggling with TBI, we feel like we are taped together, and the black and brown, is the nitty gritty of what we go through.
Everything on the board is what I go through and how I cope. By putting the two canvases together, I explore the metaphors of what having a brain injury is like.”
Artist Diane Rasch
Diane Rasch is a longtime artist, the owner and creator of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, and serves as the BEST Creative Consultant for Arts and Education and the BEST Gratitude Specialist.
Rasch has been participating in the Brain Injury Art Show for six years.
Each piece she has created for these shows have been special, and her 2019 piece is no exception.
Her mixed media collage piece featuring repurposed materials is titled, Memories, and explores memories, good and bad, lost and found.
“After brain injury, we struggle with memory,” says Rasch. “One day, I saw some of these different items of toys and games, and all of sudden it sparked a memory for me, good and bad.”
Rasch continues, “I struggle with memories of my growing up years and my children’s growing up years. I do know many of these items were a part of my past.
I wanted to create a piece using scrabble tiles because I was told that this game was a part of my children’s growing up time with friends. So, I used these words and items, and put them on a black background to represent hidden or lost memories.”
It’s Rasch’s hope and wish that her piece helps evoke memories for everyone.
“May this piece aid you in bringing back some of your memories.”
To learn more about the 11th Annual Brain Injury Art Show, please click here.
To get sneak preview of the BEST Superhero Community Art Installation this fall (and to get involved as an artist), click here.
Then, be a superhero and visit the Superhero Shoppe, chock full of cards, goodies, party goods and gifts fit for all of the superheroes in your life!
Check it out!
Here are all of the details:
What: A shoppe that offers fun and unique superhero gifts, accessories and more. Proceeds from the Superhero Shoppe support the superheroes of the brain injury community and the superhero programs, services and resources offered at Our BEST Space. The Superhero Shoppe also proudly features the work of paper artist, Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity.
When: Superhero Shoppe hours are Wednesdays from 12pm to 6 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am to 4 pm.
Where: 2607 Bridgeport Way W. Suite #1H, University Place, Washington. Click here for driving directions.
Why: To share superhero support and fun to the entire community (and to the world!).
More Superhero Shoppe info: Watch this space for our new online Superhero Shoppe coming soon on the BEST website! With our new and upcoming online shoppe, you can shop 24 X 7 from the convenience of home!
BEST will be adding new items regularly to the shoppe. Please visit the BEST blog for the latest inventory announcements and updates.
To note: As a volunteer organization, hours may vary. For more information, please contact us at 877-719-2378 or email@example.com. The Superhero Shoppe accepts cash, credit card or personal check (with valid ID and from a local bank only). We do not accept bills $50 and higher.
Ah, for the love of art.
This spring and summer, the local community art scene has something to offer for everyone. Here are three opportunities for you to create, share, and celebrate art!
Washington State BEST artists, share your art with the community this fall. See flyer below and click HERE to learn how YOU can participate.
Celebrate the art of the Washington State brain injury community at the 11th Annual TBI Art Show.
Details below from the BIAWA website:
BIAWA is pleased to announce that our 11th Annual Brain Injury Art Show will be on display at the Seattle Art Museum from June 5th through July 22nd in the Community Corridor.
All are invited to the Opening Reception on Thursday, June 6th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm to celebrate the artists and their talents.
When: Thursday, June 6th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
*The Community Corridor is located on the first floor of the Seattle Art Museum and can be found off the South Hall entrance.
Cost: This event is free to attend. RSVP is required.
Art Show Details-
When: June 5th through July 22nd
Where: Seattle Art Museum in the Community Corridor
Cost: The Community Corridor is free and open to the public during Seattle Art Museum business hours. The rest of the museum does require a purchased ticket.
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday & Friday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
RSVP to the Art Show Opening Reception here.
The spring trademark weather of bright blue skies and warm sunshine of Eastern Washington, beckoned a special group last weekend to relax, reflect, and recharge.
Our first TBI camping retreat was held from May 9 through May 12, 2019 at Liberty Lake Regional Park in Spokane County in Eastern Washington. The camping trip was designed to be a quiet, comfortable and safe space for brain injury survivors and their families to take in the beauty of nature, relax, socialize, and learn something new.
Campers enjoyed nature walks, arts and crafts, fireside support groups, a special guest speaker, and great eats and treats at a camp side barbecue.
For retreat organizer, Nick Mehrnoosh, it was amazing experience.
“The core of the retreat was friends, with and without a brain injury, who wanted to go camping together,” shared Mehrnoosh. “As we planned the retreat over several months, we designed it to be brain injury friendly. The schedule was flexible, the noise was minimal, food was kept healthy, and the area around Liberty Lake Regional Park was ideal for a relaxing experience.”
Mehrnoosh continues, “We had different activities each day, with campfire support circles at night. It was absolutely beautiful to watch those that have lived with a brain injury for quite some time, impart their experience and knowledge with those still navigating their brain injury.
On the last day of the retreat, we had a speech pathologist visit to talk about navigating social situations, and everyone was beyond engaged with the presentation. Afterward, there was a barbecue and we all made homemade ice cream.”
However, it was a single moment that really captured the essence of the retreat for Mehrnoosh.
“There was a moment when I looked around in amazement, and saw children playing, people laughing with one another, and others connecting for the first time. You would never have guessed that nearly everyone in attendance had some form of brain injury.”
Mehrnoosh is already thinking into the future for the next retreat.
“I and many others can’t wait for our next Eastern Washington TBI Retreat in May 2020,” he smiles.
If the pictures in the slideshow below are any indication, a good time was had by all.
Due to the success of this first retreat, the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is looking to make this an annual event. Stay tuned for information about 2020 opportunities.
In the meantime, enjoy our photos by the lake.