Highlander's PAR Institute

Anasa Troutman


Anasa is the CEO and Founder of The Big We and works to build & execute strategies for artists & organizations that are aligned with her vision of a loving world & her belief in creativity as a pathway to personal, community & global transformation.

Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Anasa awakened to her life’s work during her time in Atlanta, Georgia, attending Spelman College & founding Groovement/EarthSeed Music, a successful record label & collective of young, cutting edge, visionary musicians, performers, & writers.

Best known for her work as strategic advisor & executive producer for long time friend India. Arie, Anasa recently stepped into leadership as the first Executive Director of the historic Clayborn Temple in Memphis. Anasa has provided strategic and creative support in many important cultural, political & social justice spaces; she has designed & facilitated national learning exchanges, served as a consulting producer, trained & transitioned the leadership of organizations to integrate cultural strategy as a community organizing tactic, produced tours & festivals, curated artistic programming, shepherded many artists & creative thinkers through the process of manifesting their own creative vision & has been invited twice to the White House by the Obama administration to advise on cultural policy.

Anasa works hard to embody her strong belief in creativity as a transformative practice & engages art making as a pathway to her own healing & spiritual expansion. While she experiments with many forms of creative practice, her deepest love is writing. She creates stories, songs & essays that reflect her unique point of view, commitment to loving kindness & thirst for beauty & adventure.

PAR Institute Experiences: Presenter
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