wip projects

organizing

Thinking of community as an action, rather than a group of people coming together, requires imagining it as an inherently creative task.
—poet Ken Chen

 
 

There is a growing desire for a critical response to late-capitalism’s affect on creativity in everyday life. Numerous museum employees have formed unions and gone on strike for fair wages. Demonstrators continually call for museums to reject financial support from corporate sponsors. And protesters campaign to remove leadership who profit from state-sponsored violence and colonial interests.

The art world reinforces traditional structures of power and artists are both affected by and contribute to this widening gap in inequality. To do my part, I build temporary gatherings where folks learn how to turn individual resources into collective action. Community spaces, residencies, and institutions can sponsor my one-on-one volunteer work by hosting my organizing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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programs

I collaborate with community spaces, residencies, and institutions to build temporary gatherings where folks learn how to turn individual resources into collective action.

 
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1. To Make Common

 
 

In its most basic form, language is a tool of self-expression. But it isn’t that simple - language has wrapped up into it all of the values of a culture or society. By looking critically at language, we can examine those belief systems (harmful and beneficial) and decide how to act on them, or adjust them. 

For this conversation, I like to start from one place in particular: In English, the concepts of “communication” and “community” come from the same Latin root, communicare, or “to make common.” If we think about how sharing our inner thoughts and ideas with others is a way to bring us together, then we may be able to use language to heal and grow closer in community. 

But what does this look like for entire groups of people who have experienced generational harm? And how can we use language for social change, when language has so much trauma surrounding it? One answer may come redefining these terms altogether.

This conversation will focus on a better way to use language thoughtfully in group settings to recognize past harms and create new power dynamics. We will discuss how we might enact a new dialectical framework as a source of healing from oppression and to achieve a new or different form of language justice, and what that might look and sound like for our communities.

 
 
 

2. Art & Labor Writing Workshop

 
 

This five-hour intensive teaches participants the value of their labor and helps them plan a formal creative project. After learning foundational writing skills we will discuss how to apply them to grant funding, an artist-residency program, or an open call for work. I teach the basics for putting together a solid application, the dos and don’ts when applying, and tips for documenting work.

My workshops are as much a space for coming together and sharing our gifts as they are an opportunity to learn how to express ourselves clearly. Participants are welcome to bring in a specific piece of writing for feedback, but the workshop teaches them the value of creative work and gives them the tools to put together any writing project confidently.