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CURRICULUM VITAE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Smithsonian Institute, Libraries, Washington DC
Intern, 6/17-8/17

  • Staff with the I See Wonder Learning Lab 
  • Content creator for educational curricula  

University of Maryland iSchool Communications Office, College Park, MD
Graduate Assistant, 8/16- Present

  • Write and design content for website, social and print media
  • Assist in daily operations of office management
  • Participate in planning and implementation of new strategic vision
  • Maintain consistent internal and external communication for the iSchool

The MakeSpace Arts Collective, Harrisburg, PA
Founder and Director, 7/12-1/15

  • Designed concept and plans for a brick and mortar arts organization
  • Assumed overall responsibility for financial and operational management
  • Oversaw the selection, purchase, and renovation of a 15,000 square foot property
  • Oversaw recruitment and selection of studio artists and volunteer staff
  • Managed public relations, communications, social media, and events management
  • Designed website, printed materials, and events flyers for the organization
  • Designed and managed ongoing events for varied audiences

Community Liaison

  • DCBA Lawyers for the Arts co-founder: helped with the design, literature, and events programming for a program in partnership with the Dauphin County Bar Association and Widener School of Law to assist artists, 5/14 –1/16
  • Sprocket Mural Works co-founder: helped with the design, literature and events programming for a mural program in the city of Harrisburg, 7/14 –1/16
  • 3rd In the Burg Creative Director and Board Member: designed website and branding materials, helped with office management for a monthly arts gallery crawl, 1/10- 5/14
  • City of Harrisburg Arts & Transition Roundtable committee member, 1/14
  • Home Grown Market founder: created and maintained a weekly arts pop up market, 2013

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral and School, Harrisburg, PA
Director of Community Engagement, 7/15-7-16

  • Implemented comprehensive educational events according to Diocesan leadership resolutions on community engagement, environmental sustainability, and racial justice
  • Wrote and designed content for website, social and print media
  • Taught Spanish for grades 1-8 at private community-based school
  • Cofounder and Member of the Sycamore House Service Community, 8/06- 5/10
  • Oversaw development of program design, literature, and bylaws as a founding member
  • Served on the Board of Directors, 1/12-5/13  

Liz Laribee Design, Harrisburg, PA
Principal and Artist, 2009- Present

  • Created Amira in America comic guide on refugee resettlement
  • Illustrated Occasionally Accurate Science children’s book with writer July Westhale
  • Portrait commissions, specializing in reuse and recycled materials
  • Design printed materials, book covers, websites, and posters on commission
  • Presented work in 20+ exhibits (list available upon request)

Writer

  • Published creative writing and poetry work in nine publications including in Local Quarterly and Ruminate Magazine (full list available upon request)
  • Instructed creative writing and poetry for The Young Writers Summer Workshop in partnership with the School of Humanities of Messiah College, 2012- Present
  • Taught writing in an afterschool program through the Danzante Arts organization, 2011
  • Received the Georgetown Review Vocational Writing Award, 2016

Creator of the Saved By the bell hooks Blog (2015-Present)

  • Designed 200+ memes highlighting critical theory of writer bell hooks
  • Am one of the subjects of PhD research on “intersectional feminist consciousness-raising practices”
  • Am the subject of five interviews and 22 articles about the project 

Epic Creative Media Firm
Contractor: copy editor, content creator, social media specialist, 4/14-9/15

  • Developed and maintained social media campaigns for several small businesses and proprietors
  • Gained expertise in Hootsuite, Photoshop, and various social media platforms
  • Received training in Facebook marketing, social media management, and audience

AWARDS AND HONORS
2017 First Place: UMD College of Information Research Showcase
2016 Harrisburg Young Professionals’ Community Engagement Honoree
2015 Friends of Midtown Person Of the Year Honoree
2014 Recipient of the Spectrum Award for Excellence In The Arts through Jump Street
2014 Artist In Residence for the City of Harrisburg
2014 Recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women of Excellence: Emerging Leader Award
2014 Featured as a Distinguished Alumni through Messiah College’s School of Humanities
2006 Recipient of the Georgetown Review vocational writing award 

ARTS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
2014 –2016 Cofounder, DCBA Lawyers for the Arts. Harrisburg PA
2014-Present Creator, Saved By The bell hooks: a critical theory blog. Harrisburg PA
2012-2015  Founder and Member, The MakeSpace Arts Collective. Harrisburg PA
2012- 2016  Arts and Writing Instructor, Young Writer’s Workshop. Harrisburg PA
2014-2016    Partner, Sprocket Mural Works public art initiative. Harrisburg PA
2014 Subcommittee member, City of Harrisburg Arts and Transition Roundtable. Harrisburg PA 
2013 Founder, Home Grown Market: a nomadic art market. Harrisburg PA
2011 Panel member, PA Council on the Arts: Project Stream Harrisburg PA   
2011 Founder, Midtown Poets reading and workshop. Harrisburg PA
 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
American Alliance of Museums, St Louis 2017: Workshop on comics as educational tools
Project Welcome, Chicago 2017: Presented on refugee narratives and comics as educational tools
Pennsylvania Art Education Association, Harrisburg 2015: Workshop on interdisciplinary art-making
Messiah College Humanities Symposium, Grantham 2014: Alumni panel on arts engagement
National Organization of Women (NOW), Harrisburg 2013: Panel on arts engagement 
Serving Leaders, Pittsburgh 2013: Panel on arts engagement 

ART EXHIBITIONS 
Solo Shows
2015 Local Man Ruin’s Everything: Little Amps Coffee Roasters. Harrisburg PA
2015 First Words: Midtown Scholar’s Yellow Wall Gallery. Harrisburg PA
2014 Animalphabet: Mission Gallery, Harrisburg PA
2014 First Words: Waldo's on Stratton, Gettysburg PA
2012 Rock Bottom: Little Amps Coffee Roasters, Harrisburg PA
2012 To Think and Do: Messiah College Serving Learning Conference, Grantham PA
2011 Verisimilitude: Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg PA
2011 Nomenclature: Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg PA
2009 Functional Fixedness: Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg PA

Group Shows
2014 March Exhibit: Lebanon Fine Art Gallery, Lebanon PA
2014 Big Things, Small Things: The MakeSpace, Harrisburg PA
2013 Gallery Walk: The MakeSpace, Harrisburg PA
2013 Constructs: The MakeSpace, Harrisburg PA
2013 Bloodlines: The MakeSpace, Harrisburg PA
2012 Eraserhood Forever: Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia PA
2012 Three: Mantis Collective, Harrisburg PA
2011 Palimpsests: Yellow Wall Gallery, Harrisburg PA
2010 La Cage: Historic Harrisburg Association, Harrisburg PA

PUBLICATIONS
2014 “Flaneur.” Local Quarterly: Harrisburg
2013 “Resin and Pipe Organs in the New Jerusalem.”  Local Quarterly: Asbury Park
2013 “Bill, Distilled: A Work Of Occasional Fiction.” Local Quarterly: Roanoke
2011 “Be Excellent To Each Other.” Ghettoblaster Magazine, online edition
2010 “Hours In Haiti.” Ghettoblaster Magazine, online edition
2008 “To Dana Goldstein: A Letter.” Ruminate Magazine: Reverie Edition
2007 “Camden 28: A Film Review.” Christianity Today, online edition
2007 “Seven Things I Used To Think About.” Ruminate Magazine: Flux Edition
2006 “Nomenclature.” Georgetown Review 

EDUCATION
2018 University of Maryland, College of Information Studies: Master's in Library & Information Science
2007 Messiah College, English Department: Bachelor of Arts