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Meet Noemi Saafyr Paz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noemi Saafyr Paz.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Art has been the fuel and medicine to surviving and thriving in this world. I have always loved art and healing. My soul has been connected to this process for my whole life. I grew up writing a lot of short stories and poetry. I wrote my dreams out, poems for my friends, and eventually, it became a deep form of therapy. I was encouraged to share my words. In high school, I was a host of a talent show and I could barely get the first line out without everyone being so excited so I retreated. A few years later, I performed my first spoken word piece in 2008, when I was 17 years old at a social justice one-week retreat that transformed my life forever. I believe it was a poem called Pain; the simplicity of acknowledging it in our lives and body.

That was a retreat that taught me about the deep-rooted powers of oppression and led me to have to leave home as I discovered that I was a survivor of sexual trauma. This is when my awareness began to do the work to save my life. I joined radical movements, created art, performed, went to college and came out with a Psychology and Visual Arts degree. I have joined Survivor Theatre Project as performer, facilitator and now Director. I am also the founder of SOS: Sharing Our Stories, and now an established Expressive Healing Artist. SOS is a platform that came from working with Survivor Theatre Project and the Women’s Center in Cambridge for the Healing Through Creative Arts series. It is about body healing through creative non-verbal communication and storytelling. This year, I was able to successfully produce an album called SOS: Sublime Over Stress and I plan to continue making projects. The journey continues. There is much more to share, but here’s to a great start.

Do you have an Artist Statement you can share with our readers?
Welcome to my intrinsic unchaining. I come from generations of unbecoming nightmares. I invite you to abound your imagination out of this little trauma-filled box called life. My work is empowered by performing arts techniques that include poetry, singing, dancing, rapping, and theatre. We are not our pain and we can’t do this alone. I tell stories that help heal the soul, feed hearts, and find rhythms to wake the spirit. I lean on creative divine guidance, meditation, and confidence building to feel alive. Through rituals of nonverbal communication, tears are drawn to our rivers of peace. Together, let us vibe with the heartbeat that guides us through the universe of love.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Remain as open as you can to opportunities that speak out to you.

Take the challenges, but don’t break yourself. Bending is better.

Art is always there for us to use for healing and love.

Speak affirmations, practice your self-care, and don’t give up.

Yesterday is gone and today is present for us to look forward to tomorrow.

Travel, make connections and listen to your inner guidance.

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Survivor Theatre Project, SOS logo soon to be updated, SOS Participant Art: Arira of Seed of Osun

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