Interactive Public Art Transforms Bystanders into Everyday Heroes

Creative Compassion Projects

 interactive public art installations promoting a culture of

creativity, compassion, and prosocial behaviors

Village Artists-in-Residency

2016 - ongoing

Together, Let's Be         

a crowdsourced guide for everyday heroes


This six-month long project hopes to transform bystanders into active caring citizens. Each month, this unique mural will unveil a new heroic skill for you to play with (ex: July = courageous). Write or draw on a sticker where you imagine using the skill in your life and adhere it to the mural.  The hope is that if you can imagine it, it just might become real - and if it does - stop by your mural sticker and put a gold star on it to indicate that you did it!  Over time, the mural will be filled with everyday heroic acts, which will continue to provide inspiration for all.


Commissioned by the Asian Art Museum + the San Francisco's Civic Center Commons Initiative. 


In collaboration with artist, Alice Lee.

photos by Justin Yee

photos by Quincy Stamper

Floating Garden

of Emotions


Tap into your feels with the Floating Garden of Emotions, inspired by Paul and Eve Ekman’s famed Atlas of Emotions (,  This whimsical participatory experience invites folks to explore and understand their own and others'  emotional journey, in hopes of creating a culture of creative compassion.


Commissioned by the Asian Art Museum + the San Francisco's Civic Center Commons Initiative. 


In collaboration with local Bay Area artist, Jasper Speicher.

Urban Jungle of Possibilities


An exploration of the three innovation techniques: 

Bending, Blending and Breaking,

as defined by The Runaway Species book. Project in collaboration with the books' authors, Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman.  Special thanks to the Exploratorium's Studio for Public Spaces for their mirrors!


Commissioned by the Asian Art Museum + the San Francisco's Civic Center Commons Initiative. 



photos by Justin Yee

photos by Quincy Stamper

Technicolor Zen



A 2,000 sq ft. urban zen garden in the heart of San Francisco. This colorful enclosure featured five unique mindfulness and compassion-based participatory stations, influenced by Stanford's Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)


Commissioned by the Asian Art Museum + the San Francisco's Civic Center Commons Initiative

In collaboration with local Bay Area artist Ben Snyder. 

Everyday Hero


Connect + High Five!

3 for Life


Civic Center Commons Initiative

Culture Conference

Activate McCoppin

[ freespace ]

Charlie Gadekan's Helix

Marie's Story

Marie is an artist, curator and creative director.


As a student at the International School of Manila in the Philippines, she witnessed and experienced deep connections that celebrated yet transcended religious, national, and cultural differences present at her school; this is at the heart of her work. Through human-scale interactive art installations, she leverages the power of awe to promote a culture of creativity, compassion, prosocial behavior and emotional intelligence. Marie collaborates with world-renowned scientists, forward thinking cultural organizations, city governments, real estate developers, event producers and social impact-focused creatives to make it all happen.

She founded the Asian Art Museum's Village Artist-in-Residence program for their public spaces in San Francisco's Civic Center. Due to its success, the budget increased by 1/3 in a years time. Most recently she started the Creative Compassion Initiative, a public arts org that values connection, compassion, creativity; hiring locally; and honoring creatives with a thriveable compensation. 

Her work has been featured at the Asian Art Museum, SF Civic Center, Exploratorium, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Market Street Prototyping Festival, Makers Faire, and The Culture Conference. Some projects have been highlighted in SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, Huffington Post, Inc., Fast Company, Shareable, Dr. Zimbardo's Blog, and Maker Faire. 


Collaborators include Dr. James Doty, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt, Dr. Paul Ekman, Dr. Eve Ekman, Stanford Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, City of San Francisco, City of Palo Alto, local Bay Area creatives, and her mentor, Allison Wyckoff of the Asian Art Museum.

She has spoken at SPUR, Hero Roundtable Conference, General Assembly, Women's Catalyst, City of Santa Clara, City of San Francisco, SF State University, The Embassy, and guest presents at the Academy of Arts. 

Marie mentored youth at the SF Public Library, Minerva School and Palo Alto Art Center.

Projects include Village Artist-in-Residence Program, Together, Let's Be ________, Monsters In Bloom, Urban Jungle of Possibilities, Floating Garden of Emotions, Everyday Hero, Technicolor Zen Garden, 3 for Life, Activate McCoppin, and [ freespace ].

Her inspiration often comes from spending time with her cosmic lover and their two children.

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