When my family came to the United States, we had very little money. As soon as my parents could afford it, we became members of the local museum (Museum of Fine Arts in Boston). On weekends, my father would take me and my brother to the museum, lead us up to artwork and ask, "what do you see?" Whenever we came back, he would make sure to bring us back to those same artworks in order to ask "what do you see now?" This practice of iterative returning has informed my own creative process to this day.

In the Fall of 2017, I was invited to be the inaugural Creative Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I brought over 40 artists together to active galleries through performance art, music, and dance. I collaborated with interdisciplinary filmmaker, Sue Murad, to respond to the architecture of the museum, as well as the artworks housed within. 

The residency featured nine curated evenings of music and dance, including three world premier musical arrangements, multi-gallery tours,  immersive movement workshops, and several outdoor performances. All of the events were curated to engage museum patrons on Wednesday evenings, when the museum waives its admission fee to provide free access to the public. The residency culminated in two evening-length concerts, one featuring an evening of work by Boston-local, composer, Tony Schemmer, and the final culminating performance in the Koch Gallery with newly commissioned dance work set to pieces by Rachmaninoff, Cage, and Arnold Schönberg's epic string sextet, Verklärte Nacht. 

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