Community Engagement

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Photo by the talented Rebekah S. Smith

I host Craftivism workshops (think crafts+activism) with public and non profit organizations and groups of all ages. I also use a range of assignments in the classroom to integrate the arts into policy and environmental classes. I love to create public works of art and have had to opportunity on occasion to support causes I believe in by creating pieces that help them fundraise or spread their message. Read further to learn more about each of these ways I engage with my community!

 

Craftivism Workshops

June 2016. Craftivists Unite for teens at the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

 

December 2014 at the Green Street Arts Center, in collaboration with the North End Action Team in Middletown, Connecticut.

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November 2014 at the Green Street Arts Center, in collaboration with the North End Action Team in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Fall 2014. Craftivism on Main Street public art event in collaboration with the North End Action Team, Middletown, Connecticut.

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Public Art

Summer 2014. Outside the Box, Franklin Avenue and Brown Street, Hartford, Connecticut. I was one of 16 artists chosen by The City of Hartford, Marketing, Events, & Cultural Affairs Office (MECA) and Livable Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (LSNI) Divisions to create murals on City of Hartford utility boxes. More information can be found here.

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Community activism

Summer 2013. No Strip Mall, No Wrecking Ball, Middletown, Connecticut. This print was a response to a local action to stop the destruction of historic houses to make way for a commercial complex in Middletown, CT. It was controversial not only for the proposed destruction of the homes, but also because commercial property is readily available a block away on Middletown’s Main Street. I created the print to help raise money for a group of citizens fighting the changes. 100% of sales of prints and t-shirts went to the legal defense. You can read about the project here. 

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