- Undergraduate course at the Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY (2018 – current)
Anything we extract from the earth must ultimately go back into it. This course aims to create an emotional and intellectual connection with the life forms and environments which bear the burden of our choices. How can designers, artists and strategic thinkers create products, systems and services that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable?
Sustainable Systems is structured around four major themes: Climate Change, Materials, Energy, and Water. We explore these environmental issues as complex and interrelated topics. Understanding them can help us address current social and justice issues in new ways. In this course you will study real conditions that are both local and global. Class activities will combine field trips, lectures, discussion, studio-based workshops, lab experiments and seminars. Fieldwork and applied research methods will be developed into creative works that address diversity, adaptability and resilience in the face of ever changing conditions.
Design for Change: Technology and Interaction
- Undergraduate and Graduate course at Pratt Institute, School of Art, Department of Art and Design Education (2014-2016)
As digital technologies influence and redefine public culture and contemporary art, educators and artists must be equipped to talk about and use technology as a pedagogical tool and opportunity for creative expression. These tools are used to assess and track learning, to share media, and to make digital artworks that enable participation and feedback in different ways. Considering the range of applications and methods, the aim of this course is to explore some of the theoretical implications of using instructional technologies in the art classroom and how they can enhance the teaching and learning experience. What does it mean to create a connected learning environment in the art classroom? What pedagogical approaches are useful here? How can we negotiate issues of access, affordability and inclusion for all students? What are some of the aesthetic and social issues involved with digital art making?
Art, Community and Social Change
- Graduate course at Pratt Institute, School of Art, Department of Art and Design Education (2015-2016)
Art, Community and Social Change, is a hands-on exploration of urban art and design and their relationship to local communities. Through research and realization of a community-based project in Pratt’s “backyard”—Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Green, Clinton Hill or Bedford Stuyvesant—students will study and work with local community based organizations. Students will explore the following questions as they do their research and work on the community-based project: How do artists, designers, planners, architects and art educators shape and develop a sense of social responsibility at the community level? How do they become informed about and learn from the communities in which they work? How can art and design contribute to community-based efforts to address urban issues such as gentrification, foreclosure, community health, and access to healthy and affordable food?
Schooling in a Democratic Society
- Undergraduate course, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Education (2012 – 2014)
This course explores the historical and social purposes of schooling in a democratic society.
Guest Lectures and Critiques
- Directed Research, The New School, Fall 2020
- Interspecies Collaboration, Rhode Island School of Design, Spring 2020
- Green Roof Ecologies, The New School, Fall 2019
- Anthropocene Narratives, New York University, Spring 2019
- Art and Community Development, School of Visual Arts, Spring 2018
Community and Environmental Education
- Solar One Art and Education Center
- Audubon Society
- Hudson River Park Trust
- Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment
- NYS Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation