Episode 101: An Emergence of the People, their Spirit, their Stories

L’Merchie Frazier is an artist and Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket. Her work is centered on helping others to find their voice and discover their own innate creativity. She shares how her community projects aim to encourage people – individually and collectively – to participate in the arena of art-making.

L'Merchie FrazierL’Merchie Frazier, a public fiber artist, innovator, poet and holographer, is Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket, engaged in highlighting and curating the Museum’s collection/exhibits, providing place-based education and interdisciplinary history programs, projects and lectures, most recently promoting STEM / STEAM education pedagogy, and manages Faculty/ Teachers’ Institutes and its extension, The Cross Cultural Classroom, a benefit marketed to independent education entities, municipalities and corporations.

She is currently Creative Engagement Director of Transformative Action Project, a Violence Transformed and Public Health Advocacy Institute initiative at Northeastern University.

She is adjunct faculty for Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  She has served the artistic community for over twenty years as an award winning national and international visual and performance artist and poet, with residencies in Brazil, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Africa, France, and Cuba. As a lecturer and workshop presenter.  Her audiences include youth and adults.  She is former Board member of CityLife /Vida Urbana and serves on the Advisory Boards of Paige Academy and the Art Commons Boston AppLab.

L’Merchie is a member of Women of Color Quilter’s Network. She is a resident artist of African American Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP) at Northeastern University and at Fairmount Innovation and Southend Technology Center, MIT FabLabs in Boston. Her fiber works serve to document history and memory, and often include innovative technology.  These artworks are featured in a series entitled The Quilted Chronicles. Selected works are included in several art publications and in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design, the Smithsonian Institute and the White House.

Frazier was chosen as part of the 3-artist launch group for the City of Boston’s AIR artists (Artist-in-Residence).  She recently received the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative City individual artist grant and the Northeastern University Law Lab Stable Ground 1.0 and current 2.0 artist residency. She is Artist-in-Residence for the Eliot School of Fine Arts and Applied Arts with Teen Bridge and is Resident Artist/ Historian for Castle of Our Skins.  L’Merchie serves on the Massachusetts Council on History and Social Studies advisory commission for public schools.

Her art in all mediums and genres is one life work:  “Save Me From My Amnesia”

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