I am an art educator who teaches for social justice, global awareness, and self-understanding. I studied Anthropology and Visual Art at Brown University and received a Masters in Arts Education (teaching art for social justice through critical pedagogy) from New York University. Since the start of my teaching career in 2004, I have founded and developed the arts programs at three small public schools in the South Bronx and Brooklyn, and led initiatives to promote culturally relevant pedagogy and anti-racist practices within these school communities. The purpose of my work both as an artist and educational organizer is to call attention to how human rights are specifically threatened and defended in our world, and to honor the freedom fighters who have risked their lives to protect sacred ancestries and the preciousness of our collective existence on this Earth. I also seek to help young people deconstruct any limiting conceptions about artistic expression in order for them to discover the creative modalities through which they can most powerfully access and communicate the nuances and intersections of their identities and inner truths. I have been organizing with the Black Lives Matter At School NYC educators group since 2017, designing for the national group (www.blacklivesmatteratschool.com), and am a proud member of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE). COMING SOON - A fuller biography rooting my work in specifics about my racial and political development and consciousness, as intensely activated at the age of 13. As my work is shared more widely, I hope to actively communicate the context and experience behind my commitment to racial justice. See my blog for more context on the original BLM at Schools Activity and Coloring Books.