Upcoming and Recent

February, 2013
On February 9th, I was one of 5 presenters invited to share a brief Pecha Kucha-style presentation on arts education as collective impact, for the Community of Thinkers Forum at Seattle Art Museum. I talked about how arts education is a tool for community-driven change by and with those most-affected and often most left out of the "vibrant" places and "creative economy" that dominant culture often talks about. (These things aren't bad; they're just not enough.) Other presenters included illustrator and school arts liaison Margaret Chodos-Irvine, who runs Pebbles in the Jar, poet and teaching artist Daemond Arrindell, who works with Youth Speaks/Arts Corps, artist and arts educator Erin Shafkind, and Norma Barrineau, Principal of the Arts & Academic Academy in Highline School District.

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
I'm super excited to share that the American Association of University Women has awarded me a grant to help fund the second year of my Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on community-centered policy! This course of study is supporting my work using arts and cultural strategies to shape policy, planning, and programming that impacts the communities most affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. 63 women from across the United States were selected to receive this honored award.