"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
Art has always been a part of my life. When I was a little girl, my time was spent looking at paintings, coloring, and drawing. It was how I explored, learned, expressed, and decompressed. Even then, I knew my career would be in the arts, the only question was what my exact path would take.
When I was in high school, art saturated my daily life. Art was what helped me through a particularly painful period, as I managed the unexpected loss of a sibling. Art allowed me to express my feelings and channel them in a positive way. It helped me heal. At that same time, I had an art teacher who had a tremendous impact on me. It is her influence who turned my path in life towards art education. I received my BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1998 and since then I have worked almost exclusively in community arts education. I have been a teacher, an administrator, a business owner, and a public arts-integrated charter school founder. In all of these roles, I connected people of all ages and abilities to the arts, and increased access to the arts. I feel privileged and grateful to have had this experience and look forward to a continued career in the arts.