Happy Friday! I am excited to launch your weekend on a positive note and share an update:
First and most important, I have officially completed all classwork for my degree and written/defended my graduate report. I listed each of my campaign donors in the front cover thank you page, so you got an official shout out! Now to follow— a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration and a long career in the arts! Now, I am experiencing a very special time as I transition into ‘what’s next’ A time that I want to share with you—-feelings of excitement, unbounded passion and a richened curiosity for the world! Here’s what I have been up to for the past three months since I last wrote and ‘what’s next’:
In February I was offered a full-time, summer position with the organization you helped me intern with last summer. I accepted and immediately began to do paperwork to be able to legally work overseas. I am moving back to Galway in about two weeks to live and work on Ireland’s West Coast. I am thrilled to join the team again this summer in a professional position and return with organizational memory, experience and a whole-lot-of energy!
More recently, I curated a street art installation with Mardi Grad Indian Jay McKay. The show aimed to not only exhibit new paintings by McKay, but to celebrate the culture of growing up in the ghettos of NOLA in the 90s. McKay and I came together over two-weeks of hard work to install his new pieces to present a three-dimensional, immersive street art experience for a diverse crowd. A few pictures here:
I have also partnered with MuralFest in Canada, which is taking place the 2nd week of June, to help book the talent this year. This is a big step for me in the world of street art curation and management. In a similar vain, I have reinvigorated my work as admin. asst. to Bruce Greig and Damien Mitchell, who recently finished a Dia de los Muertos-graffiti mural in NY. I have been helping them apply to RFPs to paint large-scale mural projects around the United States. I am so happy to be back working with these two, they are exceptional hyper-real painters, google them if you are not familiar with their work!
Just last week, I met with JS Makkos, who owns a print press and local publishing business in New Orleans, who has agreed to produce a large-format hard-cover book on street art. I am managing the project for Jeremy Novy, dubbed the ‘queer Bansky’. The book will include approximately 140 pieces done by 40 queer street artists around the world.
Over the next couple of years I want to build my art consultancy practice, to take on bigger and bigger public art projects and to make a name in the field. To be so well known in this line of work that when a Mayor’s office endeavors to start a mural program or a mural programming NPO wants to expand it’s reach or a street artist needs legal walls my phone rings :) Maybe start an business of my own? You will see!
I post as much as I can about my journey on facebook and instagram, feel free to follow:
Thank you again for your contribution and continued support!