A vital aspect of my art practice is about engaging with others and sharing in the transformative power or creative expression. My community practice focuses around creating safe spaces for participants to engage with art.
During my time at the Maryland Institute College of Art I was involved in the Community Art and Service Program . This unique internship creates opportunities for students to plan, organize and facilitate art opportunities in non-profit organizations throughout Baltimore including schools, neighbourhood art centers and rehabilitation/transitional housing facilities. My site partners include 901 Arts, Banner Neighbourhood Youth Club, Mt. Royal Elementary School, The Arc Baltimore, and Refugee Youth Project. I had long-term placements at The Baltimore City Detention Center and Powell Recovery Center, where I designed art workshops based on the principles of restorative circles.
After graduation I went on to work as the programs coordinator for the New Day Campaign, a campaign aimed at challenging the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction through art. Over 92 days, the New Day Campaign presented 16 art exhibitions and 63 free public events, and conducted a community outreach campaign in the Baltimore region that opened hearts, changed thinking and conversations, and offered pathways to action.
In 2017, in Hanoi, I lead a community workshop on Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation and forgiveness. During this experiential workshop, participants were invited to explore alternate definitions of forgiveness and create a personally relevant Metta meditation practice.