“Imagining New Worlds” was the theme for my education- and outreach-focused artist residencies and artist talks in 2016 at: Madison Public Library’s BUBBLER, Lussier Community Education Center, Blackhawk Middle School, O’Keeffe Middle School in Madison, WI, and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This was also the theme for the outreach work that students undertook in my course Art & Social Justice at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Spring 2016.

^Mirror Portraits by students at Blackhawk Middle School. When do you feel seen? Do you always feel safe when you’re seen?

^Collaborating with a teacher at O’Keeffe Middle School, a rigorous month-long residency integrated artistic confrontations about privilege with Common Core standards. Art from this “Imagining Worlds” unit was displayed at a local coffee shop; poetry from the project was performed during the opening reception.

^Mirror portraits produced by students of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point during a talk + workshop at their Women’s Resource Center.

^Library-goers drew self portraits on the BUBBLER window (Who gets to be seen in public spaces? Who gets to claim space?), participated in a creative campaign concerned with youth homelessness, pitched in to our talking painting, and imagined new worlds with ArtWrite during our two-month residency at Madison Public Library.


^Teens at Lussier Community Education Center imagined that the best schools would have free transportation for all students.


^Comparing the hardships of Earth in the present with an ideal world–perhaps some folks’ present, perhaps all of our futures? “Earth & WOW” by Jess & Kat, students at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Find more “Imagining Worlds” projects here.

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