"It is a happy talent to know how to play." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The desire for creative community play is universal. Designing creative events based in civic participation has been my joyful exploration of this thesis since leaving New Orleans for Atlanta in 2001.
New Orleans spun my yankee head around in terms of how creative civic play can serve a community. Creative events based in civic play foster enduring bonds between people and place. The sense of civic kinship generated by playful participation is a joy. It is a contagious joy. I bring it to everything I do.
Providing a platform for individual participation is active creative placemaking and establishes significant ties between people and the places they inhabit, be it a city, a neighborhood, a resort, or a pub. Creative events based in civic participation deliver the gift of civic kinship and are an abiding investment in our communities.
When I am not rallying for hundreds of people to come out and play, I like to sit quietly and draw.
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Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade & the Great Atlanta Halloween Bicycle Parade - May/October 2012
500 costumes bikes and riders of all ages road together along the open streets of Atlanta Streets Alive with 20,000 in attendance. The parade program included free public bike art workshops and art bike honorariums. This project was supported in part by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition in partnership with Atlanta Streets Alive.
The 3rd Annual Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, September 2012
1250 participants marched with hand-crafted lanterns, illuminated giant puppets, and a marching band down two miles of the newly completed Eastside Trail. The parade program included free public lantern workshops. A Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons project with a grant from Art on the BeltLine.
Jazz Funeral for Snake Nation - October 2012
150 costumed participants held a jazz funeral for piece of 1850’s Atlanta History. The procession included a snake oil cart, a brass band, and a forty saloon salute. The saloons were oil lamp lit shadow boxed crafted in free public workshops. A Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons project with a grant from Flux Projects.
We The People - October 2012
A life-sized paper puppet parade crafted by eighty third graders in conjunction with their study of American heroes of democracy. A visiting artist grant funded by the Decatur Education Foundation and Oakhurst Elementary.
2nd Annual BeltLine Lantern Parade 2011: Old 4th Ward Park - Atlanta, November 2011
400 participants encircled the Old 4th Ward pond with hand-crafted luminaries created in free public workshops. The press called the parade, “An emerging Atlanta tradition”. A Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons project with a grant from Art on the BeltLine.
2nd Annual Baytowne Wharf Christmas Lantern Parade - Destin, FL December 2011
A dozen large holiday themed lanterns and a public workshop series commissioned by The Village of Baytowne Wharf. A Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons project.
FLUX Lantern Art Parade - Atlanta, September 2011
Ghost lanterns chased cyclist in two laps of the parade route, followed by a community lantern procession with the Seed & Feed marching Abominables. The parade opened the event “FLUX: A Night of Art + Experimentation”. A Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons project commissioned by FLUX Projects.
Dunedin Life & Light Lantern Parade & Festival - Dunedin, FL April 2011
Large earth, moon and star lanterns, classes in giant flower lantern building, and public workshops commissioned by Casa Tina to found a new festival and parade.
6th Annual Gnome March – Atlanta, April 2012
The Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons raises awareness for important Gnome issues annually in the Inman Park Festival Parade. Every year we try to win the world record and fail. Three time winner of Best Parade Float. In 2012, we were 210 Gnomes short of the World Record with 260 Gnomes.
5th Annual Fairy House Tour of Homes - Atlanta, May 2012
Children and adults build fairy houses from natural found materials to welcome the summer fairies home at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust. At dusk, the houses are lit with candles and “toured.”
5th Annual Gingerbread Trailer Park Design & Building Competition - Atlanta, December 2011
A fiercely competitive miniature edible housing competition and exhibit hosted by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons and the
Euclid Avenue Yacht Club. 4th Annual Skeleton March - Atlanta, October 2011
Approximately 40 giant skeleton puppets march annually in the Little Five Points Halloween Parade. Originally produced in workshops funded by the Fulton County Arts Council in 2008.
L5P Halloween Parade & Festival – Atlanta, October 2001-present
Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons in partnership with the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club has won the Witch’s Cup for best parade float 8 times.
Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons
Creative Director, 1999-Present
Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, March 2012-present Art Tour
Curator and Guide
Entertainment Design Group, Atlanta 2011
Scenic painting and sculpting.
McKenna Long & Aldridge 2001-2011
Catering Coordinator for the Atlanta conference center.
Jewish Community Center Summer Day Camp, New Orleans 1999-2001
Drama Program Director
Blaine Kern Studios, New Orleans 1999-2001
Parade float sculptor
Pennsylvania State University, BA Integrative Arts 1991.
Summer Metal Arts Workshop, “Firebirds of the 5th Direction”, Atlanta & Nevada, Burning Man 2011. Crew member of Charlie Smith’s honorarium grant project, community built fire cauldrons. www.howhowhow.com
Graduate Homeschooling, Creative Community Development, 1991 – present.