“Art was the final piece of spiritual connectedness for me,” says Bisola Marignay, PhD, seen above bursting into song during one Incubator session. Bisola is perhaps the most versatile artist in the Incubator. She is a full-time educator at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as a writer, performer, playwright, and ‘therapeutic facilitator’. Though her background is in academia, art played just as central a role in her own self-development. The “fall” that Bisola describes in her own personal journey was from ‘the ivory tower’. As a young woman pursuing her doctorate in Chicago, she experienced a crisis of confidence and did not finish her dissertation. She found solace in music and worked all manner of odd jobs—painter, secretary, community translator—before eventually finding her calling as a facilitator, therapist, and teacher of social justice. Her passion and knowledge of Negro spirituals, in particular, added an enhanced dimension to her educator’s toolbox, allowing her to connect with students on a deeper emotional level. Upon moving to the Bay area, she began leading self-healing workshops—based around women’s issues—at GLIDE Memorial Church’s Women’s Center, one of the preeminent service-providers in the Tenderloin.