As a curator, writer, researcher and teacher, my practice focuses on collaborative, socially-engaged art and design projects in the US and abroad. I work closely with visual artists, designers, traditional artisans, musicians, dancers, multidisciplinary scholars, students and local residents to envision and realize cultural projects that address challenging aspects within people's everyday lives. By combining poetics and polemics with humor and criticality, I aim to inspire deeper social relations amongst project participants while experimenting with new ways to exchange disciplinary knowledge and hands-on making skills.