Master of Arts, Art + Design Education: Community Arts Education, Rhode Island School of Design
Graduate Thesis: "Extracting Engagement: Creative Learning Spaces + Youth"
Thesis Committee: Dr. Paul Sproll, RISD, Advisor; Dr. Karen Bovard, Reader
Coursework in: curriculum mapping and lesson planning, contemporary practices in arts learning, public art, queer theory.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Museum of FIne arts Boston in Association with Tufts University
Undergraduate Thesis: "Building Up My Bones: Mythology and Storytelling"
Thesis Advisors: Chantal Zakari, Charles Goss, Jim Dow
Studio Coursework in: photography (focuses on darkroom printing, lighting), stop-motion animation, installation, small metals.
Academic Coursework in: art history (focuses on history of photography, film theory), visual arts education.
- CAELI Class of 2019 through the National Guild for Community Arts Education
- Trauma, Resiliency and Restorative Justice through Resolutions Northwest
- Mental Health First Aid Certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health
Founder & Executive Director, Marrow PDX
April 2015 - Current
Serving as the sole full time, adult staff member at a Creative Youth Development-based community space for youth 10-24. Responsibilities include any and everything, from mentoring the youth leadership team and facilitating programming, to grant writing, to leading the Board of Directors, to outreach and social media updates, to basic maintenance of the space. More at http://marrowpdx.org
Core Staff Member, Open Road Learning Community for Teens
November 2013 - March 2015
Worked to make Open Road's work empowering unschooling youth visible to other communities. Managed their social media and built their website. Worked directly with the Executive Director to troubleshoot the challenges of a new nonprofit learning space - including outreach, structuring, and communication between students, parents, donors, volunteers and the community. Worked directly with youth in the program through mentoring, performing intake interviews, teaching workshops, overseeing projects, and presenting youth with new material related to their interests.
Camp Program Coordinator, Open Road Learning Community for Teens
June 2014 - August 2014
Was solely responsible for building and executing a two-week summer program of workshops for Portland youth aged 10-18, with the intent of expanding Open Road’s outreach and documenting the unique and innovative types of projects the program makes available. Found location (Mt. Scott Community Center) and created a schedule of nineteen diverse volunteer-led workshops ranging from building a traditional Irish fishing boat to mindfulness. Created a catalog with descriptions of workshops and leader bios. Made social media updates regarding individual workshops, and got the program included on local event listings. Was responsible for communication with all volunteers, parents, and youth. Created and maintained online registration forms. Taught/moderated several workshops. Made myself available before and after camp to any parents interested in learning about Open Road’s school-year programming.
Project Specialist & Domain Leader, BEAM Camp
June 2012 - August 2012
Interpreted and problem-solved the main project designers’ plans and collaborated with the project team as "Project Specialist" at immersive building summer program for youth ages 7-17. Managed waves of counselors and campers in the construction of large-scale installations. Staffed the woodshop. Created and taught weeklong "domain" courses on experimental lighting for photography and "alternative archeology". Was also responsible for a cabin of eight 4th-6th grade girls.
Arts Instructor, Central Falls High School
February 2012 - June 2012
Central Falls, RI
Designed a full semester curriculum based on the "visual narrative" for after school course at Central Falls High School through the Rhode Island School of Design’s youth nonprofit organization Project Open Door. Taught a weekly two-hour interdisciplinary course looking at storytelling through zines, photo collage, and stop-motion animation. Led class critiques, journaling assignments, and discussions analyzing the concept of "identity" - particularly as it related to the students' residence in Central Falls. Moderated a blog of student work and other artwork, both to contextualize the students' work and to allow them to easily share what they'd been learning with their communities.
Graduate Intern, RISD’s Project Open Door
September 2011 - June 2012
Contributed to the restructuring and rebranding of the Rhode Island School of Design’s youth nonprofit, Project Open Door, to allow for successful growth within the Providence arts nonprofit scene. Structured a mentoring system taking advantage of RISD's unique access to almost two thousand undergraduate students. Attended weekly staff meetings discussing programming, events, progress, grants, relationships with partner schools, etc.
Arts Instructor, S.P.H.E.R.E. at Watkinson School
July 2010 - August 2010
Redesigned the existing summer arts curriculum at an intensive summer school program for elementary aged youth, moving from craft-based projects to meaningful assignments that focused on creative problem solving and self-reflection, while also introducing important art techniques, theories, movements and contemporary artists. Taught daily one hour 4th and 5th grade art classes to students with behavioral/attention disorders. Created individual programs with students who required special attention to ensure their success in and out of the classroom. Started a blog which one student would update each day - to share what they'd been up to and to work on their writing skills. Graded students on a weekly basis and wrote in-depth progress report on each student at the end of the program.
Artful Adventures Intern, Museum of Fine Arts
January 2010 - May 2010
Solo-led themed tours and related art activities within the museum collection to groups of visitors aged 5-14. Created new gallery activities and tours, with special focus on repeat homeschool visitors and Scouts trying to earn badges. Assisted on tours of special needs youth. Performed basic studio maintenance, set up/cleaned for other teaching artists' projects. Worked youth-based museum events including school vacation week programming.
Gallery Intern, Gallery Artists Studio Project (GASP)
September 2009 - January 2010
Worked under co-owner Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons to manage and organize the office at her nonprofit art gallery and studio space, GASP, which (via the Boston Press) “specialize[d] in group shows of young experimenting artists and stars from the international art circuit that her own stature attracts … it’s one of a handful of galleries in town that aren’t primarily commercial or institutional”. Opened and closed the gallery. Aided in exhibition planning. Met with visitors, buyers and artists. Handled and photographed artwork for the website, promotion and gallery records. Represented the gallery at events, including greeting, supervising silent auctions, and event photography.
Interview: The Portland Mercury
Finalist: Skidmore Prize
The Skidmore Prize program is a community involvement initiative sponsored and administered by Willamette Week. The Skidmore Prize is intended to recognize and encourage long-term commitment to the non-profit sector. The Prize goes to individuals 35 and under, living and working in Portland. In 2017, of 56 nominees, there were 9 finalists.
Exhibition: Formative & Persisting
Formative & Persisting was a curated exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Sol Koffler Gallery, highlighting 30 thesis projects (from 1997 - 2015) that have been “formative and persisting” in the authors’ work post-graduation. Lambi’s thesis was one of 4 selected to represent the Teaching & Learning in Art & Design department.
2nd place: Yousuf Karsh Prize in Protography
The Karsh photography prize for students of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was established by Yousuf and Estrellita Karsh in 1998 and carries forward Karsh’s practice of mentorship. The Karsh Prize is awarded annually to three talented students of photography.