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facilitating social change through creativity

This first educational program of mine focuses on three main questions:

  • How can we use art to claim our stories? 

  • How can we break down barriers of difference?

  • How does art develop stronger communication and understanding?

Lack of narrative arts in education creates a vacuum of empathy. Using narrative art and creative storytelling, we can strengthen both our interpersonal relationships and personal identities by putting our own stories into the world – and listening to the stories of others.

articulate is a shortened, curriculum-focused version of my 2019 publication, "Narrative Education: Arts-Based Curricula for Identity and Empathy Development". It's for anyone and any type of learning environment. I've adapted it for many age ranges - 2nd grade, 3rd - 5th grade, high school, and college. Email me if you want help, advice, or a tailored PDF for your organization.


Based heavily on my Hatch Intensive training with C4 Atlanta and Animating Democracy's "Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change" (a downloadable framework on evaluating arts for change projects), this program delves into:

  • Understanding the ways art can be used as activism

  • Learning how to responsibly work with communities toward ethical, long-lasting change

  • What arts for change means, and how it's different from traditional artmaking

  • Breaking down colonialist influences on art and redefining aesthetic values

This presentation is a preview. Feel free to make a copy and adapt it for your needs. I can also provide extra activities and examples upon request. Email me if you want help, advice, or a tailored PDF for your organization.


  • A list I made of equitable places in San Francisco to take your students on field trips. Give you a hint - they're not museums!

  • Some recordings of working artists talking to my classes about their art practice and how they've used art to help their communities.

  • Vivian Tong’s Thesis on Equity Access in SF Museums.

  • Teaching Artists Guild of California Profile
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