Jen Crickenberger of Black Bird Studio will be guiding a collaborative earth art experience for BOOM and Open Streets. Participants will have the opportunity to build a large-scale earth art piece using rocks and other natural materials. This art experience is appropriate for all age levels. Donations of natural materials to add to the ephemeral work are welcomed. Please contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have unique natural materials such as acorns, seeds, leaves, bamboo, flowers, and/or any other items that may hold up well and add value to the installation.
Jen Crickenberger is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator. She is the Founder/Creative Director of Black Bird Studio where she provides a variety of professional photography services and community-focused art education experiences. Prior to Black Bird Studio, Jen worked as Curator/Director for the Cornelius Arts Center and as the Outreach Curator/Education Director at The Light Factory Museum of Photography and Film. Jen impacted thousands of students locally and globally through meaningful art education experiences that fostered community and built skills in technology, art, and literacy.
Jen is currently working on a new series of digital collages that explores personal narratives as well as a series of earth works that reflect the human connection to nature. Her photographic and installation works have been exhibited widely across the Carolinas and she was recently commissioned to design the nationally traveling exhibition, Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited which integrates technology, poetry, photography, and interactive public art. Jen currently extends her passion for the arts as a Lead Teaching Artist at Studio 345 where she mentors and educates high schoolers from across CMS in Mixed Media Art and Screen Printing.