COMMUNITY

Jessi has grown her experience within the helping professions through numerous internship sites including Gateway Arts, Thomas A. Edison K-8 School, and Reciprocity Collaborative. Throughout these internships she developed her skills in Teaching, Documentation, Public Relations, and Facilitation. 

 

Jessi has nourished her interest in Arts-Based Research while interning with Reciprocity Collaborative, and now acts a core-team member on various projects. Jessi is a lead artist for the Harboring Project, an ongoing project within Project SITE: a Reciprocity endeavor that invites artists from across disciplines to create new, site-specific work inspired by history and through deep engagement with guiding questions. The Harboring Project seeks to re-introduce sacred practice(s) on the Boston Harbor Islands as an outlet for the creative expression of eco-grief. Jessi spent her summer investigating the Islands' diverse narratives and documenting signs of sentience along the way. Within this project she worked with youth on the islands, engaging in memory-influenced writing inspired by her own experience. Along with the Harboring Project, Jessi joined Reciprocity as a resident artist at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, working on documentation and public engagement. 

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Jessi currently serves as a course assistant for Ilya Vidrin at the Harvard Dance Center, and works as a Paraprofessional in the Emotional Impairment Sector at Thomas A. Edison K-8 School.