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Laura is an artist, designer, & educator living Detroit. She received a Master of Fine Art from University of Michigan 2015, and a dual Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art + Art Education in 2012 . She's professionally worked with Stamps School of Art and Design as Engagement Coordinator, Director of CAN Art & Design at Community Action Network, Executive Director at FLY Children's Art Center, and held research and teaching positions at Adrian College, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Core77.

Laura’s creative practice merges her background in Art Education with contemporary methods of Social Practice. She strives to bring folks together through innovative pedagogy, intention, and most importantly - play. She’s implemented pop-up, play-centered projects in collaboration with Toledo Museum of Art, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Lake Superior State University, Humane Society of Huron Valley, Rainbow Kitchen Community Services in Pittsburgh, and Mitchell Elementary School and STEAM @ Northside Elementary in Ann Arbor.

 

EDUCATION

2015  MASTER OF FINE ARTS,  STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2012  BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS: PAINTING & ART EDUCATION, SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS & PROFESSIONAL WORK

2018 DIRECTOR OF CAN ART & DESIGN, COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

         INTERNSHIP SUPERVISOR SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN + COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

         ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR, STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2017 DIRECTOR OF CAN ART & DESIGN, COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

         FIELD SUPERVISOR SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN + COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

         ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR, STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2016 DIRECTOR OF CAN ART & DESIGN, COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

         FIELD SUPERVISOR SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN + COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

       ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR, STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

        EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FLY CHILDREN'S ART CENTER

         ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, ADRIAN COLLEGE

         INSTRUCTOR FOR STAMPS PRE-COLLEGE PORTFOLIO PREP, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

         RESEARCH ASSISTANT WITH MATERIOUS FOR BOOK/ARCHIVE & CORE77 CHANNEL TITLED DISCURSIVE DESIGN

         TEACHING ARTIST AT PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS

2015  RESEARCH ASSISTANT WITH MATERIOUS FOR BOOK & ARCHIVE TITLED DESIGN AS DISCOURSE

         TEACHING ARTIST AT PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS

         TEACHING ASSISTANT FOR STAMPS PRE-COLLEGE PORTFOLIO PREP, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

         GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR FOR DETROIT CONNECTIONS: SOUND & STORY, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2014  GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR FOR DETROIT CONNECTIONS: CHANGE BY DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

         GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR FOR DETROIT CONNECTIONS: IN THE CLASSROOM, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

         RESEARCH ASSISTANT: RESEARCH IN CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIAN

         DIGITAL DATABASE VISUAL RESOURCE MANAGER, PRISON CREATIVE ARTS PROJECT, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

         NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT ASSISTANT FOR DETROIT CONNECTIONS: IN THE CLASSROOM, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2013  NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT ASSISTANT FOR DETROIT CONNECTIONS: CHANGE BY DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

         TEACHING ASSISTANT FOR IN THE MIDDLE, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

         COMPETITION JUROR FOR JURIED ART COMPETITION, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

         GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR FOR ART & DESIGN PERSPECTIVES II, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2012  GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR FOR ART & DESIGN PERSPECTIVES I, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

         STUDENT TEACHER, NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

         STUDENT TEACHER, MORGANTOWN HIGH SCHOOL & WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

 

FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES, COMMITTEES & INTERNSHIPS

2016-2018           NATIONAL ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE AT STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2015-2016  TELLING IT ARTIST IN RESIDENCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AVALON HOUSING CENTER & SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2015-2016  SCHARA ARTIST & DESIGNER IN RESIDENCE, STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2014          ARTS OF CITIZENSHIP INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2014          ENGAGED PEDAGOGY INITIATIVE FELLOWSHIP,  CENTER FOR ENGAGED ACADEMIC LEARNING, ARTS OF CITIZENSHIP, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2013          ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, NEW PACIFIC STUDIO, MOUNT BRUCE NEW ZEALAND

2013          INTERNSHIP: TELLING IT, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AVALON HOUSING CENTER & SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

 

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & FACILITATION

2017 ELEMENTS OF PLAY IN TOLEDO, OHIO

        PARTNERS: TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART

2016 MOBILE TOY BOX IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN

        PARTNERS: POPPS PACKING, DETROIT MICHIGAN

2016 CAN ART & DESIGN  IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

        PARTNERS: MITCHELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK (CAN)

2015 CREATIVE COLLEGE PREP WORKSHOP SERIES: WHO I AM & HOW I DO IN SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN

        PARTNERS: NATIVE AMERICAN CENTER AT LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY, MI GEAR UP, AMERICORPS VISTA, NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS & STUDENT TRANSITION ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

2015 CHILD-DESIGNED PLAYSCAPE IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

        PARTNERS: ANN ARBOR STEAM @ NORTHSIDE, BECKETT & RAEDER, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2014 HCC (HOMESTEAD CREATIVE COLLECTIVE) IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

        PARTNERS: RAINBOW KITCHEN COMMUNITY SERVICES, CLARK MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2014 CREATIVE COLLEGE PREP WORKSHOP SERIES: BRIDGING SELF & COMMUNITY IN BAY MILLS, MICHIGAN

         PARTNERS: OJIBWE CHARTER SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY, MI GEAR UP, AMERICORPS VISTA

 2014 LANDSCAPES OF CHILDHOOD IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

         PARTNERS: C.S. MOTT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, NICHOLS ARBORETUM, & UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2013  YOUTH ARTS PROGRAM IN EKETAHUNA, NEW ZEALAND

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2015 NORTH CAMPUS DEANS' DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING SPIRIT AWARD

2014 BARBARA TRYTTEN RICHARDSON GRADUATE STUDENT GRANT AWARD

2014 RACKHAM CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2014 SMUCKER WAGSTAFF CREATIVE RESEARCH GRANT, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2013 RACKHAM CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2011 WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY FINE ARTS FULL SCHOLARSHIP

2011 PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE AWARD, CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL & COMMUNITY SERVICE

2010 WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY FINE ARTS FULL SCHOLARSHIP

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & ARTIST TALKS

2017 ACCESS, EQUITY, AND ENGAGEMENT IN AFTER-SCHOOL, COMMUNITY-BASED ART,  

         AT ART & EDUCATION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

2015 CONNECTING CURRICULUM, UNIVESITY OF MICHIGAN

2015 ASPECTS OF PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP AT ARTS OF CITICIZENSHIP'S INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, UNIVESITY OF MICHIGAN

2015 INCLUSIVE DISCOURSE & ACCESSIBILITY AT ENGAGED PEDAGOGY INITIATIVE SYMPOSIUM, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2014  HONORING COMMUNITY THROUGH INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION AT MICHIGAN PRE-COLLEGE AND YOUTH OUTREACH CONFERENCE, WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

 

PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

2015 CHILD-DESIGNED PLAYSCAPE INTERVIEW WITH STATESIDE, MICHIGAN RADIO (SOURCE FOR NPR)

2015 A2 STEAM @ NORTHSIDE STUDENTS HELP DESIGN THEIR OWN PLAYGROUND IN MLIVE (LOCAL MICHIGAN NEWS)

2015 CHILD-DESIGNED PLAYSCAPE IN UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RECORD

2015 THE WILD IDEA OF A CHILD-DESIGNED PLAYSCAPE IN STAMPS STORIES, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

2015 A2 STEAM @ NORTHSIDE STUDENTS DESIGN THEIR OWN PLAYGROUND IN ANN ARBOR PUBLIC SCHOOL NEWS

 

CURATORIAL WORK

2015  WHO I AM & HOW I DO, AT CHI MUKWA COMMUNITY REC CENTER, SAULT STE. MARIE, MI

2015  CONNECTING CURRICULUM, AT WORK GALLERY, ANN ARBOR, MI

2014  A2 STEAM QUARTERLY EXPO, AT A2 STEAM, ANN ARBOR, MI

2014  BRIDGING SELF & COMMUNITY AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, BRIMLEY, MICHIGAN

2014  HCC AT HOMESTEAD COMMUNITY DAY AT (HOMESTEAD) PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

2014  RE-SEARCH AT BUCKHAM GALLERY, FLINT, MICHIGAN