Marie is an artist, curator and experience designer.
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, 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, City of Santa Clara, The Embassy, and guest presents at the Academy of Arts.
Marie mentors youth at the The Mix (a teen center at SF Public Library) and Minerva School.
Projects include Village Artist-in-Residence Program, 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.
To connect with Marie, send her a love letter here. :)