CULTURAL ORGANIZING / PRODUCTION

2016 - Present
Senior Program Specialist, Young Cultural Stewards, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL
Developed, facilitated, and advocated for city-wide youth arts, cultural stewardship, and civically engaged public programming across 100 + Chicago’s public parks
Co-created Young Cultural stewards pedagogical framework, evaluation tools, branding, and fundraising platform

2017 - 2018
Giving Project Board Member, Crossroads Fund
Participated in a grassroots fundraising initiative which raised over $150,000 to support racial, economic, and social justice movements led by people of color, LGBTQAI folks, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, youth, and cultural organizers across Chicago

2015 - 2017
Racial Justice Educator, Chicago Freedom School, Chicago, IL
Co-created anti-oppression curriculum and facilitated popular education workshops rooted in dismantling white supremacy and anti-Blackness within white communities

2012 - 2017
Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Chicago, IL
Produced an interdisciplinary festival featuring over 800 artists curated to perform in private homes, communal living spaces, homeless shelters, and cultural sites
Created a platform for artists of color, LGBTQAI, immigrant, and artists with disabilities to produced work to disrupt injustice across Chicago's hyper-segregated neighborhoods

2013 - 2016
Education Manager, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL
Raised over $300,000 in federal, state, and city funding for educational programs
Developed an international youth exchange program exploring state and interpersonal violence, community resistance, and healing in Chicago and Cambodia
Supervised PhD/MA/BA student workers, teacher institutes, and family programs

2008 - 2012
Director of Community Engagement, Programs & Exhibitions, Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco, CA
Spearheaded $250,000 rebrand, exhibition redesign, and capital campaign
Oversaw visitor services, exhibitions, educational programming, teen programming, and community engagement

2012 - 2013
Evaluation Consultant, New Children's Museum, San Diego, CA
Provided recommendations for gallery interpretation, audience engagement, internal evaluation, staff training, and community engagement strategies

2007 - 2008
Development Associate, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
Coordinated membership campaigns, annual fund initiatives, and special events
Managed member database and stewarded relationships with major donors

CURATORIAL PROJECTS / RESIDENCIES

2016 - 2017
Teaching Artist-in-Residence, PUBLIC SCHOOL, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Facilitated the development of Chicago Home Theater Festival Neighborhood Field Guides focusing on neighborhood safety, economic justice, police accountability, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBTQAI sanctuaries, and housing accessibility

2015 - 2016
Curator-in-Residence, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
Curated a teach-in series for youth and educators in Chicago and Cambodia around issues of state violence, intergenerational trauma, community resistance, and healing

2013 - 2014
Founding Organizer, Hyde Park Dacha, Chicago, IL
Co-founded a live/work/create space by and for women/femmes, immigrants, people of color, and LGBTQ folks cultivating justice and healing

2012 - 2013
Co-Founder, Open Feast, North America and Eastern Europe
Co-curated a 50 city tour of North American and Eastern Europe exploring storytelling place making and cultural transmission within the communal meal space

2010 - 2012
Co-Founder, Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck, SOMARts, San Francisco, CA
Co-curated a literary and culinary salon hosted by SOMArts Cultural Center
Oversaw program development, facilitation, outreach, marketing, and fundraising

2008 - 2010
Teaching Artist, Twin Peaks Juvenile Justice Center, San Francisco, CA
Developed curriculum and facilitated visual arts classes with incarcerated youth
Trained facilitators in youth development and critical pedagogy practices

EDUCATION

2007 | Master of Arts in Teaching: Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2007 | State of Illinois Teacher Certificate in Visual Art, PreK-12
2005 | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Community-Based Art, University of Colorado, Boulder
2005 | Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy: Values & Social Policy, University of Colorado, Boulder

GRANTS / AWARDS

2018
$40,000 The Terra Foundation for American Art, Art Design Chicago, The Art of Flocking, Chicago Park District
$5,000 Night Out in the Park, The Art of Flocking: Cultural Stewardship in the Parks, Chicago Park District
$4,000 Crossroads Funds, Young Cultural Stewards, Chicago Park District

2017
Artist-in-Residence, Swarm Artist Residency, Winnemac, Indiana
$2,000 Chicago Foundation for Women, #100DaysFund, Neighborhood Field Guide Project, Chicago Home Theater Festival
$2,500 Chicago Park District, Night Out in the Parks, Chicago Home Theater Festival: We Are Each Other’s Harvest

2016
$1,000 Open Meadows Foundation, Chicago Home Theater Festival

2015
$25,000 Terra Foundation for American Art, K-12 Education Grant, Whose Streets? Our Streets! Spatial Justice and the Urban Environment, A Summer Teachers Institute
$5,000 Chicago Art Department, Learning as a Lifestyle, Cities of Peace
$1,000 Chicago Park District, Chicago Home Theater Festival
$5,000 Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Home Theater Festival

2014
$150,000 Institute of Museums and Library Services, Community Anchors, Cities of Peace: Chicago and Phnom Penh
$95,000 American Alliance of Museums and United States Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, Museums Connect, Cities of Peace
$25,000 Terra Foundation for American Art, K-12 Education Grant, Activating Art for Peace and Justice: Summer Teacher Institute

2013
$5,000 Illinois Humanities Council, Community Programs, Love and Labor: Domestic Workers as Community Docents
$2,000 Propeller Fund, Chicago Home Theater Festival

2012
Artist-In-Residence, DCR Residence, The Hague, The Netherlands

2010
$1,000 Penguin Foundation, Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck

PRESENTATIONS

2017
Museum Education: A Radical Practice, Open Engagement Conference, Chicago, IL
Community Pedagogy, Teaching Artist Summit, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Arts Advocacy in Uncertain Times, Arts Alliance Illinois, Chicago, IL
Cities of Peace: From Values to Action, New Trier Diversity Summit, Chicago, IL

2016
Cities of Peace: Community Driven Resistance, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Cities of Peace: Pedagogies of Liberation, Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI
Cities of Peace: Storytelling as Healing & Resistance, Racial Justice in Praxis, National Louis University, Chicago, IL
Activating Art and Community for Social Change in Museums and Classrooms, National Association of Art Education, Chicago, IL
Centering Lived Experience: Trauma and Structural Violence, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, DC

2015
Privilege, Power, and Pedagogy, Diversity Summit, Aconda School, Chicago, IL
Cities of Peace: Harm, Healing & Trauma-Informed Pedagogy, Teachers for Social Justice Curriculum Fair, Chicago, IL
Whose Streets? Our Streets! From the Barrio to the Museum, International Visual Literacy Conference, San Francisco, CA
Museums and Peacebuilding, American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Atlanta, GA
Art Interrupted: Subverting the Traditional Museum, AAM, Atlanta, GA
Real Talk: Sustaining Meaningful Community Engagement, AAM, Atlanta, GA
20 Sites, Infinite Stories: Dialogues on Immigration, AAM, Atlanta, GA

2014
Movement as Museum, American Folklore Society Meeting, Santa Curating for Radical Generosity, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL
Decolonizing Socially Engaged Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
The Inclusive City, National Public Housing Museum, Chicago, IL

2013
EPIC FAIL: An Imperfect Guide to Social Practice, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012
Placemaking Revival, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago, IL
Curating the Social: Unconventional Exhibition, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
GastroPedagogy: Learning at the Table, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Edible Geographies: Mapping Resistance, Rocky Mountain College of Art Design, CO
AgriCulture in the US and Belarus, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
Personal Narrative/Public Space, Pecha Kucha, San Francisco, CA
Creating a Mission-Driven Culture, Association of Children’s Museums, Portland, OR
Be the Change: Bottom-up Transformation, California Association of Museums, Berkeley, CA

2011
Mural to Mobile: Community Mapping Now, National Art Education Association, Seattle, WA
Community-Generated Content: Find Your Fit, California Association of Museums, Pasadena, CA

2010
Tech-Based Programming in Museums, California Assoc. of Museums, San Jose, CA