TEACHING EXPERIENCE : COMMUNITY ORGANIZING 

seniors visit local artist studios, Sept 2015 - feb 2016
I ORGANIZED AN EVENT SERIES WHERE SENIORS FROM LOCAL SENIOR CENTERS WENT ON FIELD TRIPS TO ARTISTS' STUDIOS. THE IDEA WAS TO DEVELOP INTERGENERATION RELATIONSHIPS IN THE BUSHWICK/RIDGEWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD IN NYC. WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM AN ARTIST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GRANT FROM THE REMA HORT MANN FOUNDATION, I COORDINATED 3 FIELD TRIPS, USING A VAN TO COMFORTABLY TRANSPORT 10 SENIORS AT A TIME AND  IN COLLABORATION WITH 3 SENIOR CENTERS. there was a lot of research done with the seniors to help them choose which artist to visit, so in the process they learned about a variety of artists in the neighborhood. 

sculpture-workshop with anna mikhailovskaia, JUNE 19, 2016

PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN EXHIBITION I CURATED AT KNOCKDOWN CENTER, ANNA MIKHAILOVSKAIA HOSTED A SCULPTURE-MAKING WORKSHOP IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS CREATED A TABLE-TOP PLASTER SCULPTURE. USING FOUND MATERIALS, EACH PARTICIPANT ASSEMBLED AN ARMATURE FIXED ON A BASE. THE RESULTING ABSTRACT SHAPE WAS THEN COVERED WITH PLASTER. THE WORKSHOP DEMONSTRATED A PROCESS EVIDENT IN MANY OF ANNA'S SCULPTURE WHICH WERE SIMULTANEOUSLY ON VIEW. ANNA'S WORK LIES SOMEWHERE BETWEEN VERNACULAR BUILDINGS, RELIGIOUS OBJECTS, AND ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENTS. HER CAREFULLY CRAFTED, BOLD, EFFICIENT SCULPTURES EXPLORE PERCEPTIONS OF SCALE, WEIGHT AND SURFACE. STUDENTS WALKED AWAY WITH A FINISHED OBJECT. 

shibori tye-dye workshop with carolina wheat, Oct 23, 2016
participants joined carolina for an intuitive and experimental workshop exploring historical tye-dye techniques. they were guided through a hands-on process of the ancient manual resist-bind, fold and pleat technique of japanese shibori with classic indigo dyes. carolina studies textile surface design at the University of Michigan and got her Mfa in writing from the school of the art institute of chicago. this workshop took place at knockdown center in queens, nYC. 

photogram workshop with liz nielsen, nov 5, 2016
participants of all ages came to knockdown center to make sun-prints with artist liz nielsen. liz's own works are photographs printed in the analog color darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources. meeting at high noon to use the superpowers of the sun, liz guided students through the archaic photographic mark-making process called the photogram.