Julie Ann Otis is a civic engagement artist and creative consultant committed to an experience of radical sufficiency and ease for all people.
For more than 20 years, Julie Ann has worked to foster generosity, inclusivity, and compassion through her work in civic engagement and arts leadership. Her consulting practice and interactive installations led her to develop a toolkit of Active Receptivity Practices - combining mindfulness, creative visualization, meditation, and somatic feedback. Past clients include universities, non-profits, lobbing organizations, arts organizations, and entrepreneurs investing in social justice.
Julie Ann's installation “American Therapy” catalyzed public compassion by translating everyday stories of people living in the U.S. into a 200 square-foot mural of poetry and portraiture. Her civic engagement art installations have garnered her national and local press as an experimental artist working at the intersection of peacebuilding and public art. Other works include interactive public poetry, burlesque spoken word poetry performed in aerial rope and harness, photopoetry exhibits, and multimedia poetry installations with improvisational music and liquid projection art.
Julie Ann has performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston City Hall, Harvard University, La Guagua Festival in Lowell (MA), la Festival Internacional de Poesía Contemporáne San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico, and la Festival Internacional de Poesía Los Confines in Honduras.
Her upcoming project, “Live Nude Girls,” explores what it is like for women to live in their unique bodies in a culture strung between extreme self-promotion and fourth generation feminism, using body paint to write poetry backwards on participants’ bodies. Her second poetry collection, Sermons of the Real / Sermones de lo Real, is now available in audio and paperback collections.