Cynthia Tom


Hear more from Cynthia on using art as a form of healing and meditation, helping other women overcome past trauma through her organization A Place of Her Own, navigating life as a “re-emerging” artist, and prioritizing self-care while doing community-driven work.


See more of Cynthia's work at cynthiatom.com and aplaceofherown.com, and on Instagram at @cynthiatom.art

*Trigger Warning: This episode includes brief references to experiences of trauma and sexual abuse, please be mindful as you listen to this episode. 

25:59-27:59 references to incest, rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, drugs


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A Place of Her Own — An arts based healing and transformation series of workshops culminating in an art exhibition for women, founded by Cynthia

General Bead — San Francisco based retailer of bead and jewelry making supplies

SCRAP — San Francisco based non-profit creative reuse center and materials depot

Hunters Point Shipyard Artist Studios — San Francisco based hub for studios, where Cynthia formerly had a studio (and Nicole currently has one)

Marin Open Studios — Annual open studio event for artists in Marin County and Northern California

San Francisco Open Studios — Oldest and largest annual open studio event in San Francisco

Asian American Women Artists Association — San Francisco based non-profit with the mission to advance the visibility and recognition of Asian American women in the arts, where Cynthia served as Board President from 2006–2018


“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo

Society 6 — Online retail platform for artists to sell affordable prints, iPhone cases, t-shirts, etc.

CafePress — Online retail platform for selling custom t-shirts, stickers, coffee mugs, etc.

De Young Museum Artist-in-Residency — Where Cynthia was an artist-in-residence in 2009 and where A Place of Her Own originated

San Francisco Arts Commission — Local resource for San Francisco artists, and supporter of A Place of Her Own

California Arts Council — Local resource for San Francisco artists, and supporter of A Place of Her Own

Zellerbach Family Foundation — Providing California-based grants, supporter of A Place of Her Own

SOMArts — Cultural center in San Francisco, one of the many venues for A Place of Her Own exhibitions

California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at UC Santa Barbara

Intuitive Energy Coaching with Amy Grace Lam — San Francisco based coach-healer supporting individuals to recognize their body's inner wisdom through connecting to one's subtle energy fields