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Education + Previous Highlights

 

  • National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship: New England May 2023-Current

  • Panelist at Cultural Alliance of Maine Convening "Culture of Science in Maine" March 2023

  • MFA in Intermedia University of Maine at Orono 2024

  • Welding Apprenticeship with Peter Crockett of Argyle Ironworks 2015-2018

  • Visiting Artist Critique for Rapid Practice Class: Intermedia Department University of Maine 2016

  • Suicide Prevention Training 2013-2014

  • Independent Counselor/Crisis Hotline and Center Manager at Family of Woodstock 2013-2015

  • Childcare Coordinator at Washbourne House Domestic Violence Shelter 2014

  • Housekeeper, Personal Assistant for Artists in Catskill Region 2013-2015

  • BA in Psychology SUNY New Paltz 2011

Professional Experience

The Joy Truck Project

March 2021-Current. Piscataquis County, ME

Founder and Creative Director

The Joy Truck is an entirely grant funded traveling community resource center in a 23ft long delivery truck that distributes free resources such as books, clothes, arts and making tools and harm reduction information and supplies to rural and impoverished communities in northern central Maine. This position involves networking, extensive grant writing, scheduling, development of programming and consistent public interaction (for planning purposes as well as ensuring accurate and ethical responses to community needs). Generous funding from: Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, Maine Arts & Humanities, Onion Foundation, Awesome Without Borders and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. 

American Exchange Project

May 2022-Current Piscataquis County, and National

Exchange Manager

Alignment and coordination of a week-long domestic exchange program for graduating seniors to experience a town or city completely unlike their own. Supporting the mission and vision of civic empathy and widening the worldview of youth. Duties include promotion of programs within high schools, selecting and guiding teen leadership crew from the host town, securing and supporting host families and promoting the project within local communities, coordinating and booking flights for visiting students, attending trainings and regular check-ins for national exchange managers and developing week-long itinerary. This is a 6 month job, with the peak being the one-week exchange during which all events, transportation and coordination are expected.

Visiting Artist Host and Events Support: University of Maine at Orono

August 2021- May 2023. Orono, ME

Graduate Assistant

Position for Intermedia Department involving significant promotion, distribution of events, assisting to the needs of virtual and in-person visiting artists pre-event, during the event and after. Coordination of event technology, meals, transportation for visiting artists as well as presentation support and facilitation of Q&A after introducing each artist. Additional scheduling and management of studio visits the following day were included and facilitating follow-up workshops later in the year. 

Piscataquis Regional Food Center

March 2019-May 2021 Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Community Food Services Coordinator

Facilitation and management of non-profit programming involved in food access for those in need in Piscataquis County and the Central Highlands of Maine. Program specific responsibilities include development of a narrative project aimed to tell the story of seniors served by FarmShare for Homebound Seniors, a program delivering vegetables to seniors who can’t leave their home. Project manager for FarmShare for Homebound Seniors and the pilot project Garden in a Box, assisting individuals with limited space, income or physical ability to grow their own vegetables in containers. 

Voices from HOME Oral History Project

March 2019-Current Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Central role in the planning committee for an oral history project led by the Thompson Free Library. Involvement includes writing articles and transcripts, planning community events, story slams and monthly themes in a collaborative group process. Special notice on virtual pivot and initiation of state-wide story archiving efforts due to Covid19.  

Marr Pond Farm

March through November 2019-2020  Sangerville, ME

Farm Hand

Seasonal farm hand for a certified organic farm growing vegetables, shiitake mushrooms and flowers. Duties include seeding crops, pest management, weeding, harvesting, packing produce for wholesale, CSA and vending regularly at local farmers markets.

Portrait & Figure Model

July-October 2018 Humboldt and Sonoma County, CA 

Solo and Group Figure Modeling and Portrait Modeling for Arcata Life Drawing Circle, Healdsburg Atelier, Sonoma State University,  Sebastopol Center for the Arts

Chimera Makerspace

Fall 2018 Sebastopol, CA

Volunteer support for Sonoma County’s first makerspace specializing in a woodworking space, jewelry studio, textile and sewing, metal fabrication. Volunteer time was exchanged for studio access and equipment use with training. 

Figure Model

Fall 2017- Spring 2018 Purchase, NY

Figure model for various drawing and painting courses at SUNY Purchase.

Creative Class

July 2016-November 2017 Home Studio/Mobile  Derby, ME

Teacher

Facilitated one-on-one student-led designs and projects for a home-schooled teenager. Finale of Creative Class was planning, design creation, and execution of photoshoot at local Transfer Station. 

Arts + Crafts: Gem and Mineral Show

January 29th-February 7th 2016 Quartzsite, AZ

Collaborative Vending selling handcrafted jewelry, rare objects and vintage lingerie

Aeons by Design

April 2014-June 2018

Owner/Designer

An ethereal/nature-based jewelry/sculpture line. Refining discarded items and synthesizing problems of waste with elegant design. Incorporating conversation with the public on material sourcing, environmental awareness and social dynamics. Materials used: leather, bark, beads, bones, feathers, metal, ribbon, found objects. Workshops and classes geared towards self directed creativity and story-telling offered in conjunction with personal artistic expression. Workshop attendees ranged in age and gender. 

Exhibitions/Workshops

Intermedia Pop-Up

May 2023 Exhibition in Rockland, ME

Submission of installation, "Stay Awhile"

ART workers: 2022 Intermedia Faculty Exhibition

August 2022 Orono, ME

"Angel of America" sound sculpture collaboration with Steve Norton and N.B. Aldrich

Art of Reuse Auction/Benefit for Post-Landfill Action Network

2016 Newmarket Millspace Newmarket, NH

Submission and sale of jewelry pieces for auction.

Food As Medicine Auction/Benefit

Fall 2016  Orono, ME

Submission of Mill Beam, Beaver Twig + Twine Dreamcatcher sourced from Piscataquis and Penobscot River for auction. Proceeds donated to Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need.

Vigil

Summer 2016 Private Residence  Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Spoken Word Performance/Participating Artist

Vigil Offering via plexiglass hexagonal container filled with mirror shards, a live bullet and scrolls

 

Art of Reuse Auction/Benefit for Post-Landfill Action Network

2015  3S Artspace Gallery  Portsmouth, NH

Art of Reuse Auction/Benefit for Post-Landfill Action Network

Workshops

StoryBox Workshop

Fall 2017  The Mill Inn & Cafe  Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Open to the Public StoryBox Workshop- telling personal stories with objects in 3x3 boxes

Storytelling Workshop

2017   Temple University  Philadelphia, PA

StoryTelling Workshop (adaptation of StoryBox Workshop) at Students For Zero Waste Conference

Heavy Metal Days: Blacksmith Demo

Fall 2016  Fall 2017  Leonards Mills  Bradley, ME

Blacksmith Demo for Heavy Metal Days Event

Storytelling + Art Talk

1st and 2nd Annual Session Summer 2016 and 2017  Argyle, ME

Around the campfire: Informal storytelling and discussion of the future of art and land. Sharing stories about the intersection between art and fighting the waste crisis with Summer Interns/Post-Landfill-Action Network

Workshop: Evening of Repair + Alteration

2016 The Mill Inn & Cafe  Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Evening of Repair + Alteration

Open to the Public- invitation to think creatively about possessions and mending.

Awards/Grants

National Arts Strategies: Creative Community Fellowship New England

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

Ella Lyman Cabot Trust

Awesome Without Borders (Harnisch Foundation)

Maine Arts & Humanities

Onion Foundation 

Graduate Student Government Individual Grant

Wilson Center SCOPE (Student Community Outreach Program Experience) Grant

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