If Sara Kapadia was not a human she would be a thylacine, an extinct creature made up of seemingly contrasting and wildly fascinating parts. Sara is an artist, educator, yoga teacher, academic, and writer who uses a transdisciplinary approach in all her projects.
Sara writes fiction and non-fiction. Science, fantasy and culture intersect in many of Sara's stories. Sara is currently revising two middle grade fantasy manuscripts, several picture books, and a young adult manuscript. Sara was selected for a six month diversity mentorship at MacMillan for her Indian Alice in Wonderland based in the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans. Sara's non-fiction writing is mainly scholarly works drawing from her research. Here are two samples of Sara's fiction and non-fiction writing:
As a multi-modal artist, Sara explores different themes in her work. As a painter, Sara utilizes various textures including man-made recycled materials and natural objects. As a dancer Sara uses story telling from her Bengali folk dancing training. Sara has taken part in exhibitions and has donated several of her artworks to non-profits. At the moment Sara is exploring the theme of nature in human life.
Sara graduated from the University of Cambridge with an undergraduate degree in science education, from the University of London with a master's degree in social justice, social work and education, and from Claremont Graduate University with a Ph.D. in education. Sara completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Sara’s research has two main spheres: how early childhood experiences inform adulthood, how art and science intersect. Sara serves on the advisory board of the International Child Art Foundation. Sara is the founder and editor of The STEAM Journal, an art-science, scholarly, peer reviewed publication, which can be found at: scholarship.claremont.edu/steam
Sara has been trained to teach children's yoga through Kidding Around Yoga and trauma-informed youth yoga through Yoga Ed at Loyola Marymount University. Sara volunteers at Mattel Children's Hospital and has taught yoga to foster youth with her mentors at Camp Harmony in Malibu. She teaches preschool yoga and family yoga in Los Angeles.