Watch the video here!
Art direction: Pablo Suarez.
I worked with the enchanting and world-changing people of Beit al-Atlas, a community hub for social change, in Beirut, Lebanon. I was inspired by the Beit al-Atlas mission of dissolving the dangerous barriers that keep us divided to come up with the swirling, Arabic-script-inspired community celebration visual. In addition to depicting some of Beit al-Atlas’s wide range of change-making approaches (journalism, music, art, community organizing, but so many more too), the mural features the many-meaning-full pomegranates, and the house’s dear queen, Lulu - Lufthansa - the dog. Every community member added their vision of home to the mural’s hearts, and the full day of painting ended in a dance party. A wonderful day, to top most wonderful days…
From July - October 2018 I worked with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre to create an interactive video experience for deployment in United Nations policy forums, with the aim of sparking conversation and empathy, and infusing technical dialogues with rich, personal context. The experience design has participants entering a space set up like a Haitian Cafe, surrounded on three sides by screens that present 11 Haitian individuals collectively sharing their interwoven stories of climate and weather changes, struggles and challenge, and a country rising up to create new opportunities. The Climate Cafe engages all the senses, and strives to connect viewers with the on-screen speakers, and with each other. We first unveiled the Climate Cafe at the United Nations Climate Science and Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland, October 2018, and plan to have it set up at the United Nations Conference of the Parties Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, December 2018. Pictured here are several stills from the video. You can find the single screen version of the video here. We plan to capture a comprehensive video when the Climate Cafe is next staged in order to have a virtual version of the full experience.
Visuals for Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) cognitive biases series.
A commission for the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) and their education program. A day spent in the best way possible: painting a DC Water storm drain with highly fun and energetic 5th graders from Kimball Elementary School. The aim of the AWS artist collaborator project is education and awareness raising about storm drains, water pollution, and actions that neighborhoods can take to improve environmental wellbeing.
A collective art piece created for International Women's Day in Washington DC. 700+ participants helped add color, words, names, passion and thoughts to this piece of dancing and powerful women rapidly rising up. These colorful goddesses of that International Women's Day community can't be tamed and the movement towards gender equality can't be stopped. Words embedded by audience members include: "Black Lives Matter", "Nevertheless, she persisted", "Trans Lives Matter", "Women are Inferior to None", "The Future is Female", "Keep Your Head Up", "Empowered Women Empower Women", "Women Are Strong as Hell", "El Pueblo Unido, Jamás Será Vencido", and "Le Pouvoir Des Femmes".
Artwork submission for Amplifier's national voter-registration drive and traveling art exhibition targeting swing states.
Mural painted in Anacostia, Washington, DC, in February 2018, for the Frederick Douglass bicentennial.
Pictured is Frederick Douglass on the lawn of his Cedar Hill house, the Anacostia river, DC Capitol and Washington monument in the background. FD is with his friends and contemporaries, including abolitionist John Brown, activist and first black graduate of Harvard Richard Greener, journalist, Civil Rights leader and suffragette Ida Wells, first African American senator Blanche Bruce, abolitionist Wendell Phillips, and author and poet Grace Greenwood, PLUS a number of modern day Anacostia neighborhood kids.
Photos here include images from publications, face details and opening ceremony shots with Nettie Washington Douglass, Frederick Douglass's great great granddaughter, and Ken Morris, his great great great grandson. Ken and Nettie visited as part of the bicentenial celebratations and handed out copies of a new edition of Frederick Douglass's first book, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" as part of their Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI)
Select graphic notetaking projects from:
1) Urban Resilience retreat at the World Bank. Co created with Courtenay Lewis.
2) Data event with The White House, Impact Hubs, and the Department of Homeland Security. Co created with Courtenay Lewis.
3) Policy Brief summary for Beyond Reform and Development in Lebanon.
4) Workshop summary for the Yale School of Public Health, Beyond Reform and Development Lebanon, and FIT.
5) FIT bootcamp high level capture. Photo by Anastasiia Sapon.
A gift piece.
Illustration created for promotional materials.
Illustration for World Monkey Day, featuring primates from around the world (Monkey day celebrates monkeys AND primates) and Jane Goodall.
Illustrations on the benefits of yoga for those with dissociative disorders.
Visual for Natural Resources Defense Council publication on clearcutting in the Canadian boreal forest. Created with Courtenay Lewis.
Holiday card series created for Pop & Shop in Boulder, Colorado.
Sassy animals challenge Thanksgiving values.