Participant Bios


Ashley Minner Jones

Ashley Minner Jones is a community based visual artist from Baltimore, Maryland and an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She earned an MFA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and a PhD in American Studies from University of Maryland College Park. 

Dr. Schroeder Cherry

Over a span of more than 30 years, Dr. Schroeder Cherry has worked in seven U.S. museums, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Museum; Studio Museum in Harlem; J. Paul Getty Museum; The Baltimore Museum of Art; and Maryland Historical Society.  He has held senior grantmaker positions at Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, first as Deputy Director of Museums, and later Counselor to the Director. Cherry earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and puppetry from The University of Michigan; a master’s degree in museum education from The George Washington University; and a doctorate in museum education from Columbia University.  As an artist and puppeteer, Cherry has exhibited and performed in museums and other cultural organizations across the U.S.  He taught graduate museum studies at Morgan State University prior to his 2021 appointment as Curator of the James E Lewis Museum of Art.

Jennifer Yablonsky

j.Yabo makes things that live outdoors. Like many things that already live outdoors, these things are often hard to spot. Sometimes a viewing device is provided to assist. Sometimes geographic coordinates are provided. And sometimes you just have to be there, as these pieces are always ephemeral—lasting a few hours or half a year—because the artist believes witnessing transformation in nature is a way to feel connected to the perpetual cycle of growth and decay without actually dying.

Tara Cariaso

Tara Cariaso is a Filipina-American, Baltimore-based educator of physical theatre, archetypes, somatic acting, mask performance, and is founder/designer for Waxing Moon Masks Education and Fabrication Company. Tara earned her MFA from Dell’Arte Int’l School of Physical Theatre, and has received funding from GRIT FUND, Baltimore BASE Grant, and Alternate Roots to support her work in anti-oppressive organizing for DMV area educators. Her ongoing work with non-profit B4 Youth Theatre uses somatic practices for social justice play-making in Liberia, West Africa, and her pedagogy “Embodying Archetypes” is being used in devised theater practices across Maryland. She has been resident mask maker and consultant for Faction of Fools since 2021, reimagining an anti-oppressive Commedia Dell’Arte framework, character creation processes and masks for the next generation of comic actors.  Current Projects:  Tara is collaborating with artists Sheila Gaskins and Maura Dwyer producing PUPPETS MASKS & CRANKIES: SHIFTING THE STORY, an education and critical conversation workshop series through April of 2023, which highlights the gatekeeping of performance tools such as masks in BIPOC communities; and in Spring of 2023, she will direct the premiere of one woman show, CRISIS MODE:  A PHILIPINA IN AMERICA, by Cori Dioquino at the Strand Theatre in Baltimore.

 Marshall Trammell

Self-styled Music Research Strategist Marshall Trammell is an experimental, percussionist, composer, conductor, installation artist, curriculum developer and digital archives manager and curator. He is a former member of Black Spirituals and currently performs with such Experimental Music bands such In Defense of Memory, White People Killed Them, Fist Fire, Tremble Trove and a number of Creative Music formations. Music Research Strategies leads participatory research-based Insurgent Learning Workshops (ILWs) utilizing practices from community archiving, political education Underground Railroad (circa 1840-60) and Creative Music. ILWs are a vehicle for a continued engagement model of “Antidisciplinarity,”   Music Research Strategies is grateful for support from Borealis Festival, Sonic Acts Biennale, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, SIGE Records, Intercultural Leadership Institute, Southern Exposure, Pro Arts COMMONS, San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, Off Lomas Residency, NAKA Dance Theater, Community Archive Research Project @ East Side Arts, Vancouver New Music Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Bergen Kunsthall, LA For All, Charlotte Street Foundation. Museum of Human Achievement, Weird Cry Records, Innova Records, MothershipNYC Residency and Darmstadt International Music Institute.

k. kennedy Whiters

With professional licenses to practice architecture in the states of Washington and New York, k. kennedy Whiters, is a member of the “less than 1%” for less than 1% of all architects in the United States are Black women. Pre-med when she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, a year of AmeriCorps service on Chicago’s Westside at a community wellness center after graduation inspired her to be of service to predominantly Black and Latinx communities through architecture and historic preservation instead of medicine.  Through one of her many offerings to the practice of architecture and historic preservation called (un)Redact the Facts, she contributes to a culture of care for people by advocating for complete, honest storytelling of history to tell a full(er) (hi)story for racial equity and healing. In 2021, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) interviewed her to highlight perspective on historic preservation. The interview is a part of their “Preservationists in Your Neighborhood” series.  kennedy is the owner and principal of wrkSHäp | kiloWatt, LLC, an architecture/historic preservation/owner’s representative firm based in NYC. Learn more about kennedy at

Kathleen Hulser and Julia Szabo

Kathleen Hulser is a writer, public historian, curator, activist, and former public historian at NY Historical Society. 

Julia Szabo is an arts journalist and founder of MSeum. Her prose has appeared in The Purist, Gallery  & Studio, and The New York Times.

Raechel Root

Rae Root is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on contemporary art and design as it intersects with spatial politics, especially regarding public space, collectivity, and the commons. Her essays have been published in Oregon Humanities, Hyperallergic, and 5 Minutes, and will be featured in Amsterdam University Press’ forthcoming collection Making-Do in Urbanism in the Arts. She recently served as a research and curatorial assistant for the Wexner Center for the Art’s exhibition “Sharing Circles: Carol Newhouse and the WomanShare Collective,” one of the first major exhibitions about the visual culture of the women’s lands movement. She has previously been a Programs Assistant for architect Steven Holl’s ‘T’ Space project, a non-profit which produces art and architecture exhibitions in the Hudson Valley.

Adam Schwartz

Adam Schwartz is a sound artist, sound designer, sound mixer and composer who examines the properties of sound and its ability to create and elicit response. His work uses both synthesized and recorded sounds, connected to and independent from visual media. Adam’s work investigates our perception of sound and the ways in which it interacts with the environment. With a background in commercial and industrial audio production, he applies his technical skills to exploring sound and video as visceral media. Adam joined Towson University’s Department of Electronic Media and Film in 2015 after 13 years in the audio production and post-production industry.

Dominique Clayton

Dominique Clayton is an LA based arts consultant, writer, and mother of three girls. She is the founder of Dominique Gallery, a boutique and online art space featuring emerging artists of color and women.  As a writer, she has been featured in several platforms and publications including Cultured Magazine, LALA Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, Artsy Editorial, Blavity, 21Ninety, and her own forthcoming publication.  A graduate of Columbia University, Clayton began her career as a filmmaker working at Paramount Pictures, BET, Tribeca Film Fest and the director Lee Daniels. After marrying an artist, she transitioned into arts management and obtained a master’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. Through her work, she hopes to expand the visibility, access, and sustainability for Black artists, artists with children, and arts workers across the board.

Laure Drogoul

Laure Drogoul (b. Jersey City, NJ) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cobbler of situations who lives in Baltimore, MD. Laure works with a wide range of media including projects in which she makes sculpture, performance, and theatrical events that invite the viewer to be an active participant. She has exhibited widely, including The International House of Japan in Tokyo, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, The Walters Museum, and The Center for Architecture in New York as well as many street corners, alleys, and unusual urban spaces. She has received Maryland State Artist Awards and a Franklin Furnace Award for performance art and has been a recipient of a US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship. In 2006 Ms. Drogoul was honored with Baltimore’s Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize.

Carrie Fucille and Brenton Lim

Carrie Fucile is a Baltimore-based interdisciplinary artist and experimental musician whose practice centers on psychogeography. She uses sound, movement, and physical materials to explore the memories accumulated in objects and architecture. Her creative efforts interpret the effects of nationalism, regime change, technological shifts, and global economics on the human condition.  

Brenton Lim is a digital-experimental artist & designer based in Baltimore, Maryland. He explores differences between digital and physical human interaction through digital media. He creates using various digital software and analog tools by translating them into immersive visuals. A theme he is constantly exploring is digital rot – the decomposition of digital images and material.

Dr. Desirée D. Rowe and Dr. Michael Tristano Jr.

Dr. Desirée D. Rowe received their interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 2009 from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, and earned their M.A. from Minnesota State, Mankato and a B.A. in English from Seton Hall University. Desirée’s work lives at the intersections of queer performance ethnography, feminist rhetorical perspectives on popular culture, and digital discourses. Currently, Desirée’s research agenda currently focuses on creative participatory methods that explore the ways in which women communicate negativity and failure. She has published articles in Women and Language, Text and Performance Quarterly, Cultural Studies -Critical Methodologies, Rethinking History: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Qualitative Inquiry, Western Journal of Communication Studies, and many book chapters. In 2019 she was named a Fulbright Scholar to Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. 

Dr. Michael Tristano Jr. (he/him/el) earned his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Communication Studies from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, along with a graduate certificate in Gender Studies from the School of Social Transformation. Michael’s work is at the intersection of performance studies, critical/cultural communication, and queer intercultural communication. His research focuses on the material conditions of queer and trans people of color and the means by which queer and trans communities of color engage in worldmaking practices and perform joy in light of oppressive conditions. His work can be found in the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking.

Nancy Goldring, Bev Bickel

Nancy R Goldring is President of the Northeast Towson Improvement Association, Inc. Nancy represents historic East Towson, a descendant community of families formerly enslaved at Hampton Plantation. A seventh generation descendant tracing her lineage at Hampton back to 1791, Nancy’s great-great grandfather, James H. Williams founded the Mount Olive Baptist Church at the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue Towson more than 135 years ago. Nancy is leading the charge on the Road to Freedom Trail, a cycling and pedestrian route connecting 13 sites of historic significance from Hampton National Historic Site to historic East Towson, revealing a history hidden in plain sight, protecting the community’s unique thread in the fabric of local and American history.Bev Bickel is a Clinical Associate Professor Emerita in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her work focuses on the production, exchange, and dissemination of transformational knowledge through collaborating on cultural practices for equity, justice, and participatory democracy. She is working with the Baltimore County Coalition of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project and the Road to Freedom project of East Towson.

Christopher “kolpeace” Johnson

Christopher Johnson, MFA southernly known as KOLPEACE. Im a artist that connects my southern routs through a performance art I call kolpeace. Incorporating music, artistic tools and unique tools to produce art in the matter of minutes in front of multiple backgrounds of audiences & community.

Adriana Monsalve (Founder, Homie House Press)

Adriana Monsalve is an artist, cultural worker and collaborative publisher working in the photobook medium. Along with Caterina Ragg, Monsalve is co-founder of Homie House Press, a radical cooperative platform that challenges the ever-changing forms of storytelling with image and text. The works of Homie House Press have been collected in the Library of Congress, Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Whitney Museum Library, and the Maryland Institute College of Art, among other private collections. 
A little bit about Homie House Press–

Homie House Press is a sisterhood, an evolving plan, and a sci-fi sequence where historically underrepresented folx are equipped with the tools to create + publish in the foto book medium. We are visual recorders navigating the current moment with a wolfpack mentality. Community over everything means that we confront with care. We are color-nerd, glitter-obsessed, sticker collectors. Call us book fairies. We are a playground where joy is big and pleasure is major. Safe spaces aren’t always accessible, but we do our best to be the big spoon. We reemerge secret stories with gentle wonder and welcome close examination. The result is always honest, sometimes playful allegory, and other times irreverent fables.

Linnea Poole and Samantha Mitchell

Linnea Poole, she/they, is an Art Practitioner whose work is a mixture of various artistic mediums and installations of felt and dyed silk fibers, wood panels, metal wiring, paint, intertwined with photography and auto-ethnographic writings. Linnea’s work proposes open discussions surrounding topics on mourning and healing.  Along with her artistry, she is a Professor and teaches art academia in the communities of Baltimore and the surrounding DMV corridor. Linnea earned a BS from Coppin State University and a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. To learn more about me:

Morna McDermott McNulty, PhD

Morna McDermott McNulty is an artist, writer  and educator. She is a professor in the College of  Education at Towson University, as well as an  author (Blood’s Will — a vampire novel, 2018),  and film producer (Voices of Baltimore: Life  Under Segregation,2017). She is also a certified  Paint Your Life instructor, hosting workshops  in schools and art galleries around the country.  Morna has been working in, and with,  arts-integration for public education for over  20 years. She received her PhD, focused on  arts-based research, from the University of  Virginia in 2001.Some of her photographs have been published in various academic journals  including The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing  and The Currere Exchange. Morna lives in  Catonsville where she’s been a resident for 17  years, with her husband Leonard and  their two children, Molly and Conor. 

Dr. Michaela Frischherz 

Dr. Michaela Frischherz earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 2015. She also holds a M.A. in Cultural Analysis from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a B.A. in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University, Ohio. Michaela specializes in cultural and rhetorical theory/criticism with an emphasis on feminist and queer ways of knowing. Her research focuses on the meaning-making practices forged by women and other historically disenfranchised genders communicating pleasure and sex in various public spheres. Her latest article, published in QED: A Journal of Queer Worldmaking, explores the possibilities of pleasure in the time of COVID-19. Michaela teaches rhetorical theory and criticism, sexual communication, research methods, queer/lgbt communication studies, and a study abroad experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands. When she’s not studying the communicative dimensions of sex, Michaela enjoys spending time with her partner, two cats, two bunnies, and a dog named Holly.

Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene and Naomi Greene

Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene is Associate Professor of history and director of Africana Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed his Ph.D. in African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his MFA in fiction at Columbia University. His debut novel, The Confessions of Matthew Strong, is rooted in fifteen years of research and writing about the history and legacy of white supremacy. His other books, Against Wind and Tide: African American Struggle Against the Colonization Movement published by NYU Press in 2014 and In Search of Liberty: African American Internationalism in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World, which he co-edited with Ronald A. Johnson, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2021, explores African American social and political movements from a transnational perspective.                  

Naomi Greene is a visual artist from Paris, France and graduated with an MFA from l’Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) with a focus on painting and printmaking. Her work composes intimate fragments of her heritage in conjunction with her present day lived experiences.

Her Atemporal style of painting explores concepts of memory, lineage, and personal diaspora. The juxtaposition of technique and color reflect American and French artistic influences. These combined influences of color and abstraction generate an oeuvre subtly but intentionally merged; an ode to Greene’s newfound blended identity of ‘African – American – French’. 

Greene’s works represent personal transitions and metamorphosis; they explore perplexity in the face of questions of identity, love, and family when one is torn between countries and cultures. However, this disconcertment is commemorated through the eclectic influences, mediums, and meanings of her work. 

Angela N. Carroll

Angela N. Carroll is an artist-archivist, writer, curator, and investigator of art history and culture. She regularly contributes critical essays to significant publications including Sugarcane Magazine, Black Art in America, BmoreArt, and Hyperallergic. She has written essays for the exhibition catalogs of Mickalene Thomas (BMA), Sydney Cain (Rena Bransten Gallery), and Charles Moore (Columbia University), among others. Angela’s latest project, Exploring Presence: African American Artists in the Upper South, a limited edition catalog, exhibition (James E Lewis Museum of Art) and 10-short-film docuseries surveys under-recognized artists in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. She received her MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She currently teaches graduate students in the Art Department at American University and undergraduates in the FYE program at MICA.

Move Move Collaborative

Move Move Collaborative is a Baltimore based movement initiative. It began in 2017, as a container to explore horizontal organization in ensemble performance. Seeking to bring the macrocosm of embodied histories into the microcosm of group dynamics, by making time to listen to all the voices in the space with the aim of creating work everybody is excited to perform.  Over time, Move Move Collaborative has adapted to center care and become an intentional space of exploration across differences. Move Move hosts an annual gathering where people come together to share body based practices and modes of thinking with the body, all while keeping our sense organs facing performance.

Sara Alexander

Sara Alexander is Professor of English at Bowie State University.  Sara’s research focuses on the duality of Black women. She is also a writer who focuses on Urban Education and Black Language. She recently wrote a hip-hop lexicon, celebrating Black Language. 

Rikiesha Metzger

Rikiesha Metzger is a multifaceted International Community Artist-Philosopher working with themes related to race, identity, and beauty. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she has traveled extensively, first as a military child, and more recently as an artist interested in experiencing and collaborating with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Built upon a strong spiritual foundation, she demonstrates how art can be used as an outlet for self-expression.   As a socially engaged artist-philosopher, her professional/research interests revolve around the transformative power of art and its ability to create new experiences, rebirth, and reignite the spirit of underserved communities. As a working mom, adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and art teacher at Hampden Christian School, Rikiesha believes her Higher Power helps her balance all aspects of her life. Currently, Rikiesha is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory.

Dr. Thomas Stanley

Bushmeat™ Sound (née Thomas Stanley) is an artist, author, and activist deeply committed to audio culture in the service of personal growth and noetic (r)evolution. As performer and curator, Bushmeat employs musical sound to frame, reframe, and accelerate our subjective experience of history. In 2014 he published The Execution of Sun Ra, a critical response to the cosmic prognostications of the Birmingham-born iconoclast. Dr. Stanley has spent three decades exploring the ramifications of Alter Destiny, Sun Ra’s unique construct for a just and sustainable Black Quantum Future. He has written and lectured extensively on emergent musical cultures and their connection to struggles for social justice. He is co-author of George Clinton and P-Funk: An Oral History (1998). His doctoral work examines Butch Morris’s Conduction stratagem as an extended meta-instrument offering unique opportunities for musical pedagogy and ensemble consciousness. Dr. Stanley is currently an associate professor of Sound Art and Sound Studies at George Mason University.