Textbook Behavior


Facing White Fragility with Humor and Compassion


Textbook Behavior is a temporary visual art installation combining 1950s textbook illustrations with humorous and earnest captions, creatively confronting racism in our community. This artwork uses poetic and provocative wordplay to challenge racist narratives and paint portraits of healing. The artworks are be printed on vinyl and installed on park fences in Medford and Somerville in Summer and Fall 2021. In September, an online public talk about white people facing racism in our community will be offered in partnership with the Medford Arts Council and Somerville Arts Council who are both sponsoring the installation.

If you are interested in bringing Textbook Behavior to your community or office, please contact me. Thank you to Medford Arts Council and Somerville Arts Council who have funded this project as part of Massachusetts Cultural Council's support of state-wide art.