Introduction

In addition to my solo studio practice, I work with community groups and college students to create collaborative works of art.  Committed to the use of visual expression as storytelling, transmitting knowledge, and teaching values, I facilitate workshops that explore individual identity and participants’ commonalities resulting in site-specific installations and collaborative wall hangings.  I frequently employ my Visual Thinking Strategies training to engage a variety of learners as I believe that art experiences can be transformational. In 2018 I worked with the food sustainability organization Open Table creating a site specific installation communicating their mission of 'Welcome to All' and supporting their goal of encouraging nutritional food choices.  I also piloted a program for the Jewish Community Center Greater Boston working with parents of young children exploring the development of family identity through hands on art making (video link: https://www.bostonjcc.org/whats-your-story-creating-family-mission-portrait.)  In 2019 I will continue my role as a Teaching Artist for the Department of Youth Services working with youth involved in the Massachusetts Court System and residing in secure treatment residences.  Previous highlights include being the 2014 inaugural artist-in-residence at the over 65 residential community North Hill/Purposeful Living in Needham, serving as an artist-in-residence at Southern New Hampshire University in 2013, and being a visiting artist at Pine Manor College from 2014 to 2017.  Granting agencies supporting my teaching artist practice include The Covenant Foundation of New York, the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council STARS program, and multiple MCC funded local Cultural Councils. My program participants’ and students’ expressions of identity and human concerns richly inspire my own work. 

 

Note: In accordance with privacy protocols, I cannot to share images from DYS projects on my website. For a full list of my DYS and community projects please see the About section.

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photos by Will Howcroft Photography, Pine Manor College, Susan Bryne Photography, and Arnold Imaging

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