Thank you for stopping by to visit my Cultural Arts Mom website! My name is Shelley and I’m very grateful that you’ve chosen to spend a bit of your day visiting my new site. Since the pronunciation and spelling of my last name seems to be challenging for many, I want you to feel welcome to use one of the names that some of the young people I’ve worked with over the years use if you ever want to write to me. They’ve lovingly called me “Miss Shelley” or “Mrs. B,” and you are welcome to do the same thing.
It is my hope that this blog will be a place that parents and other caregivers want to visit as they strive to identify artistic expressions of culture through travel (domestic and international); food (culinary arts, nutrition, helpful tips); and the arts (performing, visual, literary) for their families. Why is that important? Because cultural awareness and cultural engagement can teach us a lot about the world in which we live. But, before you look around the site any further, I’d like to tell you a little about myself and my family, which is pictured in the below photo.
First, I’ve been married 23 years to someone who prays with me, makes me laugh, is my cheerleader in my professional and personal endeavors, and who supports my obsession with chocolate, Mexican food and denim. He’s the guy in the below photo who, by the way, ALWAYS wins board games on family game night.
Speaking of my professional endeavors, my background is in agency public relations (previous clients include Mary Kay Cosmetics, Luster Products and Evenflo Company); journalism (including bylines in Chicago Parent’s Going Places, Family Time Magazine, HomeLife Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Shine Brightly, Sun Publications, Urban Faith.com, etc.); and content creation (e.g., specialty bibles for children). (The above covers represent a sampling of publications in which I’ve been published.)
I’m a mom to two kind-hearted and comical teen girls who entertain me with their harmonies, dance moves, and their ability to recite lines from musicals, as well as our favorite comedy-dramas. They do their best to teach me popular texting lingo and teen colloquialisms…and I do my best to not use them inappropriately.
I like to travel, eat delicious food, and support the arts because they each have a special way of bringing beauty, fulfillment and, ultimately, culture into our lives. And, I’m excited to have the opportunity to inspire other families to seek out their own sources of cultural enrichment. I’ll also share from time to time parenting advice and money-saving tips I’ve learned since becoming a wife and mom.
Thanks again for visiting and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!