Project Leader, Portraits of the Port Graphic Design Mural, Cambridge, MA
Portraits of the Port is a 160' graphic design mural created by teens printed on dibond aluminum panels featuring digitally altered portraits of Port neighborhood residents and the community. It was created in 2015 by students in the Teen Media Program with guidance from a professional graphic designer, and was commissioned by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge Mayor David Maher attend the opening celebration. In 2016, it was donated back to the Community Art Center and can now be viewed permanently in the parking lot at 119 Windsor Street.
Program Director/ Festival Coordinator, Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival (18th, 19th, & 20th), Cambridge & Boston, MA
Now in its 20th year, “Do It Your Damn Self!!” (DIYDS!!) National Youth Film Festival is the longest running youth-produced festival in the country, drawing over 800 youth and adults to public screenings every year. Founded in 1996 by six Cambridge teens who felt misrepresented in the media and wanted to do something about it, the festival is a champion of social-justice and issue- focused youth filmmakers who want to see change and make it happen. The film festival consists of three public screenings at venues such as the MIT Media Lab, Institute of Contemporary Art, and Cambridge Ringe & Latin High School reaching over 500 people every year. Teen filmmakers whose wining films are selected from over 100 submissions by their peers are flown in from across the country to attend the screenings as well as multiple workshops and events over three days and two cities.
Project Leader, Change for Peace Public Art & Music Series (2015 & 2016), Cambridge, MA
Change for Peace is a yearly project thatconsists of 8 total community arts events hosted in various public spaces in Cambridge. In 2015, the art installation was based on the East Indian Rangoli tradition, a folk art form thought to bring good luck and create sacred welcoming spaces. The Change for Peace Art and Music Series installed a semi-permanent ground tattoo that was gradually be filled with colors, words, and ideas using chalk paint and rice. Teen artists asked passers-by to assist with this process and engage in conversation around a weekly theme inspired by the teens’ research about the neighborhood and their own stories. In 2016, the teen artists conducted a Humans of New York-style photo & video journalism project around similar neighborhood issues, called The Port;Uncovered. The results can be seen at homeportpublicartproject.tumblr.com.
Program Director, Family Performance Series, The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
This series of family-friendly live performances was for young children and families in Natick and surrounding communities. After examining past ticket sales figures, I was able to organize a series of age-appropriate performances that ran from fall to spring featuring nationally recognized children's performers as well as local favorites featuring The Tanglewood Marionettes, Alistair Moock, Stacey Peasley, and more. I facilitated the appropriate backline as needed for particular artists and the full execution of contract and artist payments. I also was responsible for coordinating the marketing, PR, and social media efforts for the series in partnership with the Box Office and Marketing staff.
Project Leader, Unnamed Mosaic Mural on 119 Windsor Street with David Fichter, Cambridge, MA
David Fichter is an internationally recognized muralist based in the Port neighborhood of Cambridge who has been working for over 30 years making community focused murals and mosaics across the globe. In 2015, he partnered with the Community Art Center to create a 9'x9' mosaic mural in collaboration with CAC staff, students, and community members to be installed on the outside of the CAC facility. Starting in Fall of 2015, community members, students, and staff gathered together to discuss potential elements and themes for the mural. David worked with staff to review photographic archives dating back to the 1960's as well as collect new images from teen photographers. Over 50 community members, youth artists ages 6-18, and college students attended 20+ workshops alongside David to learn the process and create the mural together. The mural was completed in June of 2016.