Hello. I have built this website a million times, a million different ways. Still, I find, the story keeps changing. I can't pin down a single narrative. I can't build a straightforward website to tell a straightforward story. The story... eludes me. I'm not certain what it is.

What you are about to see are a series of "rooms." Each represents a different piece of me: a program I have built, an art project I have made, a class I have taught, a web project I have developed.

I know the rooms fit together. I don't yet know how. For now, at least, they are all just rooms... rooms that I love. I am glad for you to go wandering into them.

-g

Lincoln Young Activist Council

Collaborators

Arts & Humanities Focus Program

Everett Elementary School

Teal Gardner & Play Lab

Year

Sept. 2014 - May 2015

Materials

Fiberglass

Plastic

Epoxy

Found objects

I spent a school year volunteering with a group of about 12 high school girls from Arts & Humanities High School. We spent the year developing The Lincoln Young Activists Council, a leadership group whose mission was to pursue the activism-related projects they were collectively passionate about.

During the course of the year we formed an art exploration club at Everett Elementary, held an additional art exploration event open to the community at Space Commons, and organized a panel on the issue of drug use, social norms, and loving yourself.

I had the idea to spend the year doing something at Arts & Humanities the summer before, but the truth is, I didn’t know what. It dawned on me that that was OK, that I would figure it out as I went. So, I showed up at the start of the school year, said hello to the 80 students and told them what I was into (volunteering with spanish-speaking community, making art, coding), and sent around a sign up. About 12 girls showed up on the first free period we met. We met every week after that. I worked to understand all of the girls, and in doing so, I think I helped the girls to understand one another. This common ground ultimately enabled us to work together on a project (Art Exploration Club) that we were all proud of.