Impact Mākars’ Story
In 2009, Isaiah Mākar (founder) performed in his third OPRF spoken word poetry showcase during his senior year of high school. A week later, the stress of working in human resources took a toll on his mother and she had a severe stroke. Watch her story below.
Taking the coping and communication skills he learned through spoken word poetry, Isaiah was able to overcome adversity while learning about himself and others. He realized the power of creativity and the importance of making sure work is a form of self-care. Understanding how stress impacts our ability to communicate and perform at our best, Isaiah decided to combine the experience of his mother’s stroke, being a caretaker, and spoken word poetry to create Impact Mākars*.
*Mākar is a synonym for “creative artists/poet”. It derives from the Greek word “Makarios”, which means “happiness”.
Impact Mākars empowers employees to perform in high stress level working environments by teaching them transferable communication skills through spoken word poetry. We use creativity to humanize the workplace and create an engaging company culture.
Impact Mākars was founded on the belief that you should not have to sacrifice your identity or peace of mind for a paycheck. We aim to shift and improve communication in the workplace poetically and therapeutically.
Our vision is to re-structure Impact Mākars into a social enterprise and create the first ever cross-interdisciplinary performing arts center focused on workforce development and placement for artists and artrepreneurs.