I believe that placing a focus on the arts, humanities, and the sharing of personal history and culture is a starting point for productive and positive engagement with our communities and immediate environment.
I have built my career as a creative entrepreneur exploring community art, community organizing, conflict resolution, making and exhibiting artwork, non-profit program development and arts education. I am drawn to the synergy and overlapping goals within these fields, and have focused directly on creating spaces and venues for individuals to share their perspectives and personal stories. I am most intrigued in how developing opportunities for listening and sharing encourages not only self-awareness but also civic and civil engagement.
My work explores how creative methodologies can be used to problem-solve within communities while stimulating understanding among communities of diverse cultural, racial, generational, class, and political backgrounds. The programs and projects I develop and work on explore the correlation between individuals’ appreciation and understanding of our own backgrounds, and their level of connection to our wider community in which we live.