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Jules Rochielle Sievert

Artist, Educator, and Social Justice Advo

Professional Experience


Creative Director

NuLawLab, Northeastern University School of Law
  • 3 years ago, Nulawlab began as a start up organization embedded within a law school. Hired because of my creative and social justice background. Within three years we gained international recognition and several national awards.
  • Use design methodologies to identify and cultivate new approaches to transform legal education, the legal profession, and the delivery of legal services. 
  • Generated cross-sector partnerships and designing interdisciplinary projects. Worked with a team of designers/coders to envision, develop, design, test and launch NULAWMaps, a new GIS mapping platform blending  data with storytelling. Our Webby-nominated NuLawMaps platform was recently used by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to map informal settlement evictions in Sweden, and by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health to map ten years of workplace deaths.  Both projects exemplify the use of digital media to tell the human stories behind legal disempowerment.  You can explore both maps here.
  • Used competitive intelligence to identify marketing needs and recommend marketing tactics and strategies for the Lab’s and law school’s current and future educational program.
  • Researched charitable prospects, forged new relationships with potential funders and expanded our partnerships with MIT Open Docs Lab, Rev Studio, Legal Service Corporation, MassCosh, SNELL Digital Scholarship Group, Brazilian Immigrant Center and Veteran Service Organizations across the USA. Strategically built alliances on the Northeastern campus and at the College of Art Media and Design. These new contacts offer the lab a new pool of interdisciplinary academics and design professionals to collaborate with as we forge ahead with the implementation of new projects and research inquiries.
  • Our lab was nominated as a finalist for the HiiL Innovating Justice Awards and Living Wage Innovation Challenge 2014. 
  • In 2016  Northeastern University was designated as an Askoka Changemaker campus.NuLawLab Selected to Represent Northeastern in AshokaU NetworkNortheastern University is the latest addition to the AshokaU Changemaker Campus network. As you can read in their press release, of the 33 higher education institutions admitted to thenetwork, “Northeastern is the first Changemaker Campus which has fully incorporated social innovation into its law school.
  • Secured an artist’s residency with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs to, among other things, further the NuLawLab’s work with female veterans to improve the digital tools that connect women veterans to benefits and services.  Read more about the groundbreaking residency program here.

Instructor, Course Designer

Northeastern University School of Law

I teach a special seminar called Applied Design and Legal Empowerment.  This course is for upper level law students and it  introduces these students to new technologies and elements of design, service design and design prototyping.  The course is offered 3-4 times per year and we work with 4-6 students in an intensive seminar

  • Our Laboratory Seminar in Applied Design and Legal Empowerment was recognized by The National Jurist magazine as one of ten “out of the ordinary” law school courses.  You can read more about it here.
  • In Winter 2016 , our seminar was with the Boston Office of Housing Stability.
  • In Summer 2016, our seminar class worked with the Department of Justice and it's Design Innovation Director

Founder, Researcher, Writer

(SPAN), Social Practices Art Network
  • In 2011, (SPAN) Social Practices Art Network became a international grassroots resource for individuals, organizations, community groups and institutions that are interested in new genre arts forms and practices.
  • Conduct research about creative practices geared toward social justice.
  •  Outreach to artists, art communities and colleagues around the globe.
  • Conducted Interviews and created  podcasts have been conducted with artists and designers
  •  Facilitate  online community dialogue consisting of over 2000 global users.
  • (SPAN) launched an international research project focused on the needs of socially engaged and community engaged artists.
  • Developed an international survey and study that has reached and engaged over 500 artists from around the globe that participate in socially engaged art practices. For the survey, (SPAN) partnered with Open Engagement, Arts Quest (a program of University of the Arts London, an educational charity), and DotToDot (UK) Arts.
  • Participated in arts conferences around the globe.
  • Published  material and research in a variety of journals, blogs and online resources.
  • Co-edited a special section of  the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy called Perspectives, that illustrates how artists, curators, cultural workers, designers, and educators activate what has been defined as a thirdspace; a space created so that cross-disciplinary relationships and collaborations can flourish; these practices create neutral zones that encourage open exchanges of ideas from a range of perspectives, we focus specifically on ways in which artists, designers, and educators create, inhabit, and use third spaces to navigate the liminal boundaries that exist among artistic production, participatory design, education, social justice, economic justice, ecology, and conflict resolution.

Founder, Project Director, Principal Artist 

Social Design Collective (LLC)

SDC creates a collective platform through which art and design teams are formed for competitive grant funded and commissioned public projects. Our goal is to use our creativity to generate long-term community, public and social benefits. SDC grew out of an independent creative practice and it is led by Jules Rochielle. StoryCircle, our public art project was installed and reached completion in July 2013.  

  • SDC is currently working in the (PAIR) Public Artist in Residency program with New York Department of Veterans Affairs and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. We were quoted in the New York Times.
  •  The StoryCircle  public project created cross-sector partnerships between community organizations, academic institutions, residents, youth and local municipalities.
  • In 2012/2013, SDC was awarded a $100,000 art commission funded by Related LA and the City of Santa Ana. As an aspect of this community engaged public art project we worked with Garfield Elementary School to provide an arts based curriculum to 700 elementary school students.
  • Worked closely with the local community to define the scope and shape of the project. 
  • I hired and managed artists, arts educators and co-developed an arts curriculum for the elementary school. I also worked with fabricators, photographers, city planners, architects to build and install a public artwork.
  • Developed an extensive number of partnerships with a range of community groups and cultural organizations. I networked and  developed strong and long-lasting  relationships with city officials, arts institutions, funders and associations.
  • Solid grant writing and fund development skills and final reporting .
  • Worked with national arts councils and other types of funders.
  • Managed contractors, performers, volunteers and staff members.
  • Navigated city permitting  and reporting.
  • Created and maintained project budgets, cash flows and payroll.
  • Developed creative opportunities on a local, national and international scale. See News Article here:
Dec. 2012July 2012

Media Excellence Curriculum Writer and Media Instructor

Native Public Media at the Institute of American Indian Arts 

 I was contracted as researcher, media educator and fund-raising consultant for the roll-out of the first Media Excellence Program for Native American Public and Community Radio Producers. This was a 3-credit college course at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Native Public Media’s signature Media Excellence Program was designed to help bridge the media and digital divides in Indian Country. The program included the Annual Native Media Summit, the Digital Journalism and Storytelling Intensive, Station Services and the Native Media Landscape Report. The participants learned how the platforms of print, video, audio, new media, and more can be effectively and creatively employed to tell important stories; including practical skills such as equipment use, digital editing and production, basic reporting techniques, and best practices that journalists and citizen storytellers face when employing new media in their reporting work and while engaging new technologies that will empower themselves and their communities with voice. This intensive encouraged the Native American perspective and storytelling in tribal languages. I worked with Dr. Traci L. Morris and with NPM founder/Director, Loris Taylor.

  • Lab instructor for the Media Excellence Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Taught 13 students from tribes across the United States.
  • Co-created the online digital journalism curriculum for this initial Media Excellence Program.
  • Created an interactive WIKI platform that supported in class learning.
  • Created student handbook and class tutorial.

Studio Manager

Metabolic Studio/ Annenberg Foundation

I was the studio manger to the large studio practice of artist Lauren Bon. Metabolic Studio was physically located in large warehouse situated in East Los Angeles but our projects occurred in various sites in Los Angeles and around the globe. I worked at the studio during the signature project called Strawberry Flag. This work was a response to and in support of the enormous population of veterans, the largest in the U.S., who live in the greater Los Angeles area. We  worked with Veterans from the VA Compensated Work Therapy program and the VA Domiciliary, and other groups on various aspects of Strawberry Flag.

  • Served as a studio liaison and reported to various Annenberg Foundation Senior Managers and Financial Officers. 
  • Provided studio leadership
  • Managed external and internal studio contracts and vendor contracts.
  • Worked with Senior Management reported on budget, cash flow, and payroll.
  • Participated in community based philanthropic giving through community grant-making a community outreach on behalf of the Trustee. 
  • Worked with the lead artist  and design team to implement and produce her creative vision and to raise awareness regarding the challenges of returning soldiers and to share the historic significance of the VA grounds, the Studio created a living sculpture and hands-on experience that includes veterans and the community at large.
  • Managed the installation of a large scale public work at  Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
  • Managed Metabolic Studio' participation in EATLACMA curated by Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young) with José Luis Blondet. About 7500 visitors came to see more than fifty artists, musicians, and performance groups who took over the museum for a one-day event.
  • Developed key external art world relationships with the College of Fine Arts (COFA), National University of New South Wales, NIEA the National Institute for Experimental Arts, Sydney Australia, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Co-Founder and Artistic Producer

Miscellaneous Productions

Miscellaneous Productions (founded by Elaine Carol, Jules Rochielle and a volunteer board of directors). MISCELLANEOUS Productions seeks to educate the public and professional artists about prevention of, and responses to societal problems at the same time as facilitating access to new and emerging approaches to art and the creative process.

  • Created the model and pedagogy of this program along with Co-founder/Director Elaine Carol
  • Trained groups of youth and elders using models of anti-racism and anti-violence training combined with community based art as a vehicle for social change. All projects were created in collaborate with community.
  • Sited in Promising Practices for Addressing Youth Involvement in Gangs Research Report prepared by Mark Totten, PH.D April 2008 . In support of the Strategy, Preventing Youth Gang Violence in BC: A Comprehensive and Coordinated Provincial Action Plan Appendix B: Promising Canadian Gang Prevention and Intervention Initiatives (revised and updated list based upon as a Primary Prevention Programs 2003 – 2006 B.C. primary prevention initiatives (educational videos, primary and secondary classroom education, parent information, community collaboration)
    • Created and raised money for three major inter-disciplinary creative projects that took place between 1999 and 2005. See more here:
    • The Reena Project  funded by: Vancouver Foundation, National Crime Prevention Centre – Community Mobilization Program, British Columbia Multiculturalism & Immigration Anti-Racism Program, B.C. Ministry of the Attorney General – Community Programs Division, Coast Capital Savings, VanCity – Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund, Cosmo Plaza/RM Development Corporation, B.C. Arts Council, The Richmond Foundation, John Fluevog Shoes, Creo Products Inc., Robson Street TELUS Store,
    • What you Carry With You  funded by: The Government of Canada’s National Crime Prevention Strategy, BC Ministry of Community, Aboriginal & Women’s’ Services – BC Anti-Racism Program, Vancouver Foundation, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union – VanCity Community Partnership Program, Canada Council for the Arts – Inter-Arts – Artists & Community Collaboration Fund, Canada Council for the Arts -Theatre – Artists & Community Collaboration Fund, Canadian Heritage – Multiculturalism, BC Arts Council, BC Gaming Commission – Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Richmond Community Foundation, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, Chris Spencer Foundation, Creo Inc., InfoWest Consulting Ltd.
    • E-race  funded by the Government of Canada through its National Crime Prevention Strategy, Canada Council for the Arts – Inter-Arts, Canadian Heritage – Multiculturalism Program, Vancouver Foundation, Coast Capital Savings Foundation, BC Solicitor General and Public Safety – Safe Streets Safe Schools Fund, BC Anti-racism & Multiculturalism Program, BC Gaming, BC Arts Council, Dr. George Tien INC., Autoplan, Richmond Community Foundation, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation.

    Personal Passions

    General Fitness and Good health. Mindfullness. Cooking. Lifelong learning.  Travel. All forms of Arts and Culture.