Hi, I'm Jess. I help people make the world they imagine through transformative experiences in creative community. As an artist, educator and community builder, I have always been drawn to creation as pedagogy which, as an act of transformation, helps us better understand how to be human. My current work includes supporting a community of artists at The Umbrella Community Arts Center, curating public art and residency programs, and exploring embodiment practices for radical welcome and hospitality. I am always looking to connect with other humans for accompaniment in this work - drop me a line. You can sign up for my ocassional newsletter below.
Organiations I have worked with Artisan’s Asylum, Boston Community Leaders Cohort, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston University, Call to Arts, Center for the Arts at the Armory, CraftMass, Dance For World Community Festival, DNAWorks, Green Street Studios, Harvard Divinity School, New Movement Collaborative, OnStage Dance Company, Permaculture Institute of the Northeast, Permaculture FEAST, Sacred Design Lab, Somerville Arts Council, The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Village Art Room, Waltham Fields Community Farm, Waltham Woman’s Club
Last year I made an investment in my skills and experience and completed the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy through University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies. This experience has only confirmed my commitment to serving the people and communities I care about - artists, craftspeople, and the creative in all of us.
I have not been able to afford paying this off my credit card in the time since completing the program so I am asking for help. I am raising funds via GoFundMe to cover tuition and travel.
Twenty percent (20%) of the funds I raise through this platform (plus anything raised above my goal) will be donated to MAMAS - Mutual Aid Medford & Somerville to help people in the community I live get through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. If I meet my goal, I will be able to donate $1,240 to MAMAS. Part of being in community with others is asking for help, and giving back when we have more than enough. Thank you so much for your support!
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Curatorial Projects 2019Art Ramble 2019: Witnessing Change, Hapgood Wright Town Forest 2019 Earth Press Project: Witness, Minute Man National Historical Park Inaugural Art-in-the-Park Project 2019 Migration, curated fiber arts exhibition, The Umbrella Arts Center Main Gallery 2012-17 National Choreography Month (NACHMO) Boston annual dance performance series
Facilitation / Teaching / Talks 2019- Student Resource, Arts & Culture and Social Impact, Boston University BUild Lab 2018Panel on Artist Residencies presented by the Somerville Arts Council, Center for the Arts at the Armory 2016 Creative Somerville talk on fabrication and partnerships 2016 SoFab: Somerville Fabrication talk on making 2016 General Assembly talk on small business and local manufacturing 2015 Workbar & General Assembly Present: Intro to the Maker Community 2011-15 Faclitator, Modern Dance Community Classes, Onstage Dance Company, Newton Community Education and the Dance for World Community Festival 2014 Guest Artist, Moving Target Boston MA, Nazar Bollywood Training Series, Collective Motion Arts Center, Saco ME 2013Facilitator, Introduction to Permaculture, Massachusetts College of Art & Design Garden Collective 2013Teaching Assistant, Permaculture F.E.A.S.T. Certification Course, Holyoke, MA 2009TEDx NYU Talk on Embodied Education 2008-09Teaching Assistant, New York University, Dangerous & Intermingled: Subaltern NY 2008Head Dance Instructor, BB&N Summer Day Camp 2008Co-facilitator, Dance Theatre Etcetera @ Brooklyn International High School 2007Teaching Assistant, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Political Ecology of Food & Gender & Sexuality Studies 2006-08Flatfoot Dance Company Dance Development Programmes, Durban, South Africa
Select Dance/Choreography/Performances/Residencies 2012-17 Intimations Dance, Artistic Director and Choreographer, 2012-2017 2015Performer, Crabtree Carabetta Collective, Dance for World Community Festival 2015 Somerville Arts Council Dancing in the Streets, mentored by David Dorfman 2015Collaborator, “Chairbot Dance”, TEDx and Hacking Arts, MIT Cambridge, MA 2015aMaSSiT Program 2015 Green Street Studios Company Residency 2014GreenWorks Residency 2014Performer, 24Hour ChoreoFest with Moving Target, by Sarah Mae Gibbons 2014Performer, Moving Target Repertory, by Annie Kloppenberg for Moving Target in Concert 2013 Choreographer, Somerville Arts Council's ArtBeat 2013 Performer, Hearbeat, Music and dance performance by George Woods and Jennifer Kuhnberg, The Oberon Theatre, Harvard Square 2012 Performer, Dear Olivia, by Selmadance, Green Street Studios and JCC Newton 2010-13Choreographer and Performer, OnStage Dance Company 2010-11Performer, Dance Works Boston 2008-09Performer, Heather Inglis, PMT Dance Studio, New York City 2008-09Dancers/Choreographers Alliance, New York, NY, Gallatin Arts Festival and Kinesthesia 2008Choreographer, “Emlanjeni (Meet me at the river)”, JOMBA! International Dance Festival 2006-07Flatfoot Dance Company, Durban, South Africa
Education / Training / Certifications New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, B.A. with Presidential Honors, Dance in Education as Transformative Pedagogy, 2009 University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dance & Performance Studies and Economic Development, 2006-2007 University of Pennsylvania, Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, 2019 2017Daring Leaders Training by Bréne Brown 2012Master Gardener Certification 201172 Hour Permaculture Certification 1989-Ongoing training and study in dance, movement and embodiment practices