Sattya Media Arts Collective is an organization I co-founded in Nepal in 2010 and am still passionately involved in. It is a resource center for artists, filmmakers, photographers, activists, and other creative types in Nepal. It provides a space and an open community for people who want to pursue their interests. Simply put, Sattya exists to encourage people to DO WHAT THEY LOVE. WE WANT TO: Support artists by providing space, resources, classes, job opportunities and creating a community of skilled and passionate people who pursue their craft. Use media and art to bring about awareness and new perspectives in society. Make art and media accessible to people from different backgrounds, allowing everyone to shape their community and culture. WE VALUE: DIT (Do It Together) ethics and collaboration Experiential learning and self-education Diversity Art for everyone Activism and grassroots efforts Community input Organizational transparency More info at sattya.org.
9 Rooms is a guesthouse we started in Kathmandu, Nepal in early 2012. The concept is to have a homey place with lots of creative touches, cosy atmosphere, and a respectful environment. Knowing many people seeking lodging in the neighborhood, we came up with the idea of creating a place that was more a house than a hotel. The house is slowly getting filled with work from local and traveling artists, locally made materials, upcycled furniture, vintage items we have gathered from homes around the city and the world, and all kinds of other random bits and pieces. More info at 9roomsnepal.com.