Update: Media & Prevention Specialist
One of my goals since the last makeover of this site was to start bringing the different pieces of my life together - to create a more complete representation of me and the things I do. This is harder than it may seem. In another attempt to pull the pieces together, this update is going to be about work - or more specifically, what I get paid to do.
After relocating from Chicago to the Boston area, I was fortunate to get to work on some pretty awesome projects, including building out a platform for a local nonprofit to help track and show student progress through challenges that link martial arts with science.
Now, I’m a few weeks in with an organization where I’ll be serving as a Media & Prevention Specialist (or something like that - I was told to come up with the title I wanted). I’ll be doing HIV and substance misuse prevention work with high school and college-aged youth, with a focus on using media to do said work. I am really excited about this!
In an effort to get my head back into some of the issues I’ll be dealing with, I decided to take an online course, AIDS: Fear and Hope, offered for free by the University of Michigan.
The course introduced me to Visual AIDS, an organization that uses art to raise dialogue around AIDS and supports HIV+ artists. They are currently taking submissions of original 4”x6” works for their benefit sale. I’m hoping to put something together in time and encourage you to consider submitting too!
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I am a vegan artist, advocate, and chocolate-lover. Born outside of Boston, raised in Kentucky, and back in Boston after adventures in Vermont and Chicago. I am passionate about social justice and have devoted a good chunk of my life to working with youth, queer communities, and people who have experienced violence.
Disclaimer: As with much in life, this bio is subject to change.