We Lost a Beautiful Friend


On a Tuesday last March our beautiful friend, Jushi died. We lost one of our best, an artist with an open heart and generous soul. Multi-talented Jushi was a dancer, choreographer, musician, writer, performer, mother and proud grandmother. She was a fearless explorer of humanity, language and the spirit of diversity− a creator of communities. As a producer she provided the opportunity and the space: the place; the event; her own cable show. She challenged performers, musicians and other creative beings to get on the stage, then encouraged both young and as she said, ‘those getting up in years’ to persevere. Something she did, again and again despite her bouts with illness. In Jushi’s world time is not when− life is now.

Jushi was a pillar of Women in Limbo. In the ’90’s WIL was a community of women artists  meeting Sundays in NYC’s Knitting Factory to create autobiographical programs based on themes from women’s lives. Jushi, a board member, curator, frequent presenter and facilitator of the weekly programs was an early supporter of the collaborative process with big Red Productions to create intimate programs for television.                                                          

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