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NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS
SUMMARY

I am a writer, artist, project coordinator, and professional maker with 25 years of experience in community art with a deep commitment to community service.  I specialize in poetry, design, and project development/implementation. I contract with individuals and organizations for custom projects.

SKILLS
PROP BUILDING

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 4

 

I create custom, show-stopping whimsical commercial props. If we can dream it, I can build it! I take pride in creating one-of-a-kind props that are built to last! Whether you want to create a custom design for your child's bedroom or you need a special prop for a play, wedding, or your retail store, I can make your dreams come true within your budget! 

PAPER ART

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 5

I create handcrafted paper flowers, paper bouquets, rosettes, kissing balls, and paper sculptures using various weights of paper for amazing visual effects! I use a range of high-quality paper, vellum, and other materials. I also create my own papers and can make custom papers to suit your needs! I love doing custom wedding invitations to give your event a handmade touch! 

iLLUSTRATION

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 24

 

I create striking hand-drawn illustrations primarily using pen and ink.  My favorite mediums are pencil, pen, ink, and colored pencil. My skills are versatile -- I can draw beautiful and whimsical renderings or something edgier! 


 
writing & poetry

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 24

I am a grant-winning writer and former contributor to the Huffington Post. As a Spoken Word performer, I have shared the stage with world-renowned acts such as The Last Poets, Ursula Rucker, Eyedea and Abilities, Brother Ali, Toki Wright, and many more. I have experience in several types of writing to suit your needs: 
 

  • Technical Writing 

  • SEO Writing

  • Blogging

  • Creative Writing

  • Grants

  • Resumes

  • Proposals

  • Poetry
     

 

 

 

GRAPHICS & WEB DESIGN

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 20

 

If you need a simple and professional website, flyers, a simple logo, banners, social media branding, or custom stationery for your event that fits in your budget, contact me, and let's see how we can make your vision come to life! No job is too small! 

 


 

Program Design & implementation
 

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 24

Do you have a creative project that you need to develop and implement? I have decades of experience in project and program development and I can help you develop your next big idea!

1995 - Started teaching Spoken Word, writing, and Hip- Hop Classes.

1997-1999 - Participated in the International Baccalaureate program at Highland Park Senior High.

1997-1999 - Member of the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council and worked with artists such as Bill T. Jones, Sue Coe, and the Guerilla Girls. 

1998 - Worked with graffiti artist Barry McGee for his artist-in-residency  and exhibition at the Walker Art Center for " Regards, Barry McGee"

1999 - One of 12 curators of "Hot Art Injection: May Cause Side Effects" - The largest bi-annual Teen Art Exhibition in MN.

1999 - Worked on two murals with renowned Twin Cities Muralist Marilyn Lindstrom.

2000 - Fundraiser for the Walker Art Center to raise funds for the Annual Sculpture Garden Campaign.

2001 - Singers of Daybreak Symposium featuring Carl Handcock Rux.

2002 - Opened up for Ursula Rucker at the Walker Art Center (Spoken Word).

2002 -  V.E.R.V.E. Grant for Spoken Word Artists Recipient.

 

2003 - Feature Artist for “Don’t Believe the Hype” on KTCA-TV.

2005-2007 - Lead Web Designer and Internship Program Leader for Aura Asset Group in Los Angeles, CA.

 

2008 - US Representative at “Ignite the Americas” International Arts Conference in Toronto, CA.

2009 & 2011 - Los Angeles Marathon Finisher. 

2010 - San Francisco Marathon Finisher. 

2010 - Tough Mudder Finisher.

2013-2015 - Blogger at "The Peacock Bride"

2015-2018 - Huffington Post Contributor. 

2016 - Started "Toxic Tea Party"

2016-2019 - Owner of "Pastel Pleasures" - a quirky online geek boutique. 

2016-2019 - Décor Lead at Trader Joe's, Bloomington, MN

2020 - Started "Girl in Ties" Project.

2020 - "Creative Support for Artists" from MNSAB recipient.

2020 - Century College Dean's List -  4.0 GPA

2021 - Community Coordinator for the Victoria Theater Arts Center. 

2021 - Point Foundation BIPOC Scholar Award Recipient. 

2021 - Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

2021- Jeanette Rankin Scholar

2021- Inver Hills College Dean's List - 3.8 GPA

2021 - CURA/ Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Grant Recipient 

2021- Science Museum of Minnesota "RACE" Grant Recipient

2021-Production Lead - Northern Spark

2021 - Fringe Festival - Front of the House Coordinator

2021 - "The Uses of Anger" Documentary currently in production