come from a long line of educators and artists. I was raised to believe that artistic expression benefits all people, and that education (formal or informal) can be liberatory. I’ve spent my entire career (15+ years) working in higher education, adult education, community education, and arts education, and I’ve learned a lot about how to create accessible, engaging, and effective educational experiences for students, artists, and educators.
I have a BA from Brown University where I focused on African-American literature and community-based education, and an MFA from Temple University where I focused on film, media, and performance. I’ve performed, published, and shared my artwork internationally, and I’ve taught at Temple University, Goddard College, University of the Arts, and The Evergreen State College. I’ve also facilitated many collaborative arts projects, served on the board of The Leeway Foundation (an arts and Social Change granting organization), and worked for several community-based education groups focused on arts, technology, media, and social change. These experiences have given me a range of tools and strategies that I can offer to individuals, collaborative groups, and organizations in their pursuit of artistic and educational goals.
I’m a practicing artist and arts educator, and I see those roles as deeply intertwined and co-informing. I see art making, teaching, and learning as liberatory and critical elements of social change and justice movements. I love to help people think and work collaboratively about arts education, the perils and possibilities of being artists working in higher education settings, and the ways that the arts can inform all manner of academic disciplines and movements for social change.