Category : Talks & Presentations

Oct 7/8 | Affect Conf | Portland, OR

Join me and other creative changemakers in Portland, OR, for Affect Conf October 7-8. Affect Conf is a new 2-day event that’s part conference and part volunteering and highlights the work, culture, and design behind social change. Talks will include presentations and lectures from activists and social impact designers like me to writers like Kai Cheng Thom (from Everyday Feminism), coders, artists, podcasters, and more. 

Commencement Speech to the Creative Class of 2016: “Do What Makes You Come Alive”

On May 19, I gave my first commencement address to art and design students graduating from my alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis. In engaging this opportunity, I was asked to speak from the perspective of a young alum and share inspiration for how to live a radically and consciously creative post-graduate life.

In reflecting on this task, I tapped back into my 22 year old self and asked: what would I have wanted to know? What would have made my journey easier? What were the biggest challenges in transitioning from a life-long role as a “student” to becoming a creative adult? How did I learn how to live a life with meaning?

With many tears wiped aside, I shared the following:

Ode to the Misfits – Visionary Awards Thank You Speech

On April 25, I was one of the recipients of the St. Louis Visionary Awards, which exists to “celebrate the numerous contributions and achievements of women who work in or support the arts in St. Louis. From established working arts professionals and arts educators to emerging artists and community impact artists, each year’s honorees are truly ‘visionary’.”

For the 2016 Visionary Awards, I was nominated and received the Community Impact Artist award, which recognized contributions I’d made during the past year(s) as a social practice and community artist.

Designing on the Ground: Transformative Uses of Design during Social Crises, Unrest, and Movements

During the 2015 AIGA national design conference (#AIGADesign), I participated as a presenter and panelist for “From Logos to Protests: Using Design to Start a Movement,” a session about the growing power of design activism and social impact design. During my presentation, I introduced a framework by which designers and changemakers alike can understand how their creative efforts serve to affect change in times of unrest, crisis, and movement-making. This presentation, featured below, uses my experiences as a Project M Lab designer, arts-based organizer, and creative tech activist in the on-the-ground efforts in Ferguson, MO, as a guide and inspiration.

Co-panelists:

Antionette Carroll, Executive Director of Creative Reaction Lab

Jake Levitas, Co-Founder of OurCityIs

Oct 3: Arts in Struggle

Arts in Struggle: An Afternoon of Creativity, Community, and Dialogue on the Struggle for Racial Justice in St. Louis

Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival Event, organized by the Center for the Humanities
October 3, 2 pm
Satori Art Studio, 3003 Locust St., St. Louis, MO 63103
 
Join us for an exciting afternoon of art, poetry, film and conversation. The exhibit features the works of Damon Davis and De Andrea Nichols, a poetry performance by Cheeraz Gormon, and a screening of documentary filmmaker Katina Parker’s “Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory.” Following the film, the audience will have the opportunity to engage all four artists in a roundtable discussion about the intersection between art and activism and struggles for racial justice in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. Jonathan Fenderson, assistant professor of African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, will moderate the discussion.
Washington University in St. Louis