Making mustang grape jam & learning about Austin's watersheds
An Okie who lives in Texas, I'm a communicator, a collaborator, and a cultural strategist. I currently manage communications for Forklift Danceworks, a dance company that makes dances with everyday people and workers about civic issues. Previously, I worked in communications at Sasaki, an interdisciplinary design firm near Boston and managed PR for the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX. Occasionally, I write about design, public space, art, and museums for Texas Architect Magazine, Sightlines Magazine, Art Focus Oklahoma, and others. I attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where I majored in English and wrote a thesis about architecture, art museums, and public space that was awarded high honors. Now, I'm studying commmunity engagement, art, and policy at the LBJ School for Public Affairs at UT Austin.
I’m a communicator that works in the arts, urban environment, and civic engagement spheres.
My work raises visibility for issues, exhibitions, events, and people. I bring accessible language to complex and nuanced stories; root campaigns in meaningful long-term narratives; and structure and organize messages to the benefit of audiences and organizations alike. I’m most skilled in traditional public relations as well as word of mouth and partner-driven marketing, but I’m also experienced in content marketing, social media, and email marketing.
Communications is about building relationships, whether online or in-person. I am also experienced in creating programs and events that build community, strengthen relationships, and facilitate word of mouth attention to key initiatives. When I organize events, I ensure facilitators, speakers, or performers get paid and partnerships are long-term and mutually beneficial for everyone.
Art and architecture don’t happen in a vacuum. I bring an understanding of the arts ecosystem and urban environment and how they intersect with broader histories, communities, and places to my work. I care about understanding history and context to create new ways of moving forward, in language, programs, and my personal life.