Public Arts Projects and Teaching

2012-present    Teaching Artist in Residence, Department of Youth Services (DYS,) Commonwealth Corporation, Collaborative                                   for Educational Services Northampton, MA, provide art education projects for youth serving sentences in the                                   Massachusetts Court System and residing in secure treatment residences. 

                            Programs Include:

                          Spectrum REACH, Grafton, MA 

                          Central Region Community Members, Worcester, MA*

                          Bright Futures, Youth Treatment Residence, DYS, Methuen*

                          Visual Thinking Strategies Pilot Program, Winsor School, Clinton, MA

                          Spectrum REACH, DYS, North Grafton, MA*

                          Westborough Reception, Westborough, MA *

                          Fay A. Rotenberg School, Westborough, MA*

                          Spectrum REACH, North Grafton, MA, 2013*

                          Fay A. Rotenberg School, Westborough, MA*

                          Fay A. Rotenberg School, Westborough, MA

                        * Funded by Massachusetts Cultural Council STARS Residency grant program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Youth Services, the                                                                      Commonwealth Corporation, and the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, MA.

2022               Upcoming: Island Center for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece

 

2021               Upcoming: Design Outside the Lines Retreat, Ashland, OR, The Textile as Narrative

                       Center for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh Fiberarts Guild, Pittsburgh, PA, Artist lecture and workshops:                                           Attire+Autobiography=Art and Getting to the Finish Line and Beyond 

                       Snow Farm - New England Center for Craft, Williamsburg, MA, Mixed Media Fiber Workshop

2020               TextileArtist.org Stitch Challenge for founding members

                       Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, Threads of Community Public Art Project and Workshops-d and Art Lab                           at Home Eco-dyeing with Merill Comeau

                       Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston, MA, Mixed Media Workshop

 

2019               Surface Design Association Conference, Beyond the Surface, St Louis, MO, Mining Our Personal to Recognize the                           Universal

                       Danforth Museum of Art, Attire/Autobiography 

                       Eliot School of Fine Art and Craft, Boston, MA, Mixed Media Studio Summer Immersion

                       Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston, Newton, MA, Staff Training, How to Facilitate Conversations of                                   Identity and Meaning and Seeing Something Together, Exploring Jewish Identity, family mission statements, and                               portraits with parents of young children, funded by the Covenant Foundation

2018               Open Table, Maynard, MA, food sustainability organization, Community Mural Project: Welcome to All, funded by                         Massachusetts Cultural Council Maynard Cultural Council grant

                       Phillips Exeter Academy, NH, Student, student, staff, and public workshop: Narrative Garments

                       Bay State College, Boston, MA, Guest Critic, Senior Class Final Collections

                       Newton Art Association, Newton, MA, Artist Lecture and Demo: Fragments of Eden: Textiles and Collage

2017               Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Visiting Artist, 2014-2017

2016               Peabody and Essex Museum, Story Trails, Salem, MA, Guest Artist

 

2014               North Hill, PurposeFULL Living, Needham, MA, Inaugural Artist in Residence, workshops, museum trips,                                           collaborative art project

                       Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, Guest Critic, Artist Review and Critique Session

                       Franklin Art Association Members Exhibition, Franklin, MA, Juror

                       Framingham High School Art Department, Framingham, MA, Guest Critic

                            Raw Art Works, Lynn, MA, Visiting Artist

 

2013               Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA,Workshop, Coaching Groups: How They Help

                       Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA, Exhibiting Artist Teen Docent Training and Family Workshops

 

2011               Stonehill College, MA, Visiting Artist, Printmaking

 

2010               National Family Institute Massachusetts, Respite Program, After School Program, Lawrence, MA, Teaching Artist

                       Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, Artist Demonstration

                       Wright Center for Spiritual Renewal, Concord, MA, Workshop, Making Art from Life

2008               Concord Carlisle High School, Concord, MA, Teaching Artist, Spectrum Gay Straight Alliance, Tiger for Human                               Rights, funded by Massachusetts Cultural Council, Local Cultural Council grant and CCHS Parent Association grant

2007                  Groton Public Library, Groton, MA, Self Portraits in Fabric, funded by Massachusetts Cultural Council, Local Cultural                         Council grant 

                       American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA, Facilitator, Community Fabric Mandala

 

2006               North Crossing, teen therapeutic residence, Newton, MA, community wall hanging.  Exhibitions at Simmons School                         of Social Work, Simmons College, Boston, MA; Corporate Offices Northeast Family Institute, Danvers, MA;                                     Massachusetts State House, Mental Health Funding Breakfast, Boston, MA; awarded Community Spirit Award from                           Northeast Family Institute, Currently on view at North Crossing residence, Teaching Artist.                     

                       Community Interventions Program, teen therapeutic residence, Arlington, MA community wall hanging exhibited at                           Arlington Center for the Arts, currently on view at CIP. Teaching Artist

2004-2007      The Faith Quilts Projects: Kerem Shalom Intergenerational Dialogue wall hanging; First Parish in Concord Go Out                             Into the World Social Action Committee wall hanging; Keystone Montessori School Immigrant Hindu Mothers                                   Community wall hanging.  Exhibitions at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; Cloud Foundation, Boston, MA;                             Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Peabody and Essex Museum, Salem, MA, Facilitator                         and Exhibiting Artist

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