As a homeschool parent and a university teacher of arts teachers, community workers and museum educators, I am committed to experiential learning through the arts and in the community to students in and out of schools.
Service-Learning with University Students
Experience working as both the instructor of a service-learning class as well as a community partner has strengthened my commitment to providing university students experiences integrating the community and the classroom.
As an instructor, I partnered with a local middle school. University students and middle school students worked together to explore community assets and create socially engaged artwork together using computers and cameras.
As a community partner, I worked with Gender Studies university students to participate in the Muslim Neighbors initiative. Students learned about narrative participatory photography and community-based research, documented the stories of Muslim women on campus, and contributed them to the Muslim Neighbors exhibit and website. Students paid particular attention to the unique experiences of Muslim women.
Somali Women and Children's Alliance Summer Arts Camp and Afterschool Program
Planning arts programming for afterschool and summer programs (ages 3-13) including mural (painting and mixed media), puppetry, traditional Somali dance, poetry and folk stories, writing, and more.