With a background in curriculum development and passion for equity, advocacy, and justice, I am particularly interested in civically engaged, community-based education. I designed and have taught Service-Learning in Art and Art & Social Justice at University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-developed curriculum centered on inquiry based learning for a Portland, OR high school, and facilitated workshops in creative expression for dozens of youth groups and community centers in the Midwest. Whether it’s through artist residencies, ArtWrite, or educational consulting, I’m most experienced in fostering creative leadership among queer + trans youth and kids who are ready to question authority.
“Imagining New Worlds” was the theme for my education- and outreach-focused artist residencies and artist talks in 2016 at: Madison Public Library’s BUBBLER, Lussier Community Education Center, Blackhawk Middle School, and O’Keeffe Middle School in Madison, WI. This was also the theme for the outreach work that students undertook in my course Art & Social Justice at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Spring 2016.
Mirror portraits produced by two different groups at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; one during the year end celebration for the Women’s Resource Center, and the other for Trans Visibility Week. In each workshop, we explored topics like representation, control of narrative, gender, and the risks and rewards of visibility.
Teens at Lussier Community Education Center imagined that the best schools would have free transportation for all students.
Comparing the hardships of Earth in the present with an ideal world–perhaps some folks’ present, perhaps all of our futures? “Earth & WOW” by Jess & Kat, students at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Find more “Imagining Worlds” projects here.