I have provided educational origami programs and events to several hundred students in several venues over the past 15 years. I am committed to providing learning experiences using Origami to create a pathway to support a STEM education, improve attention, and develop fine motor and problem-solving skills.
After graduating from Oberlin College in 2006, I spent 11 years as the Education Director with the Firelands Association for Visual Arts where I started the ongoing FAVA Folding Festival. I have been fortunate in being able to organize and host multiple origami gallery exhibitions featuring master paper folders.
I have led numerous educational origami programs and events for students young and old with organizations including but not limited to the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Sandusky Cultural Center, the Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for both the Sandusky Cultural Center and the Oberlin Business Partnership. I am currently on the roster of teaching artists for the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning as well as Art House, both based in Cleveland, OH. I founded the Foldspace Origami Studio in 2017 as an art studio and teaching space for students of all ages.
All of the educational programs and activities I provide are based on the following values:
Community: By learning through and with each other, we develop trust and expand our world views
Creative Fun: Learning happens best when it is playful and we are empowered to follow our own creative sparks in unexpected directions
Growth: As we gain skill through the challenge and practice of our craft, we develop confidence and resilience that sustains us in every aspect of our lives.
Quality: We hold ourselves to the highest standards in our craft and in the way that we teach, so that we can support and model excellence for others.