Carol Zou is an artist, writer, educator, and cultural organizer who has worked for over a decade on the relationship between arts, culture, community, and activism. Her work has spanned various collaborative modes with: Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, Michelada Think Tank, Trans.lation Vickery Meadow, Asian Arts Initiative, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, Imagining America, American Monument, and now Little Tokyo Service Center. She believes that we are most free when we help others get free.
Zou will be working with Little Tokyo Service Center on a series of projects that engage residents and community stakeholders around the cultural identity of Little Tokyo in order to build community power and self-determination over the future of the neighborhood. She hopes her fellowship will build the capacity of Little Tokyo Service Center to integrate arts and culture into multiple levels of its planning work.
Carol Zou has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Santa Fe Art Institute, Intercultural Leadership Institute, National Art Strategies, Women's Center for Creative Work, Common Field, University of Chicago Place Lab-Rebuild Foundation, and University of Houston College of the Arts-Project Row Houses. Zou earned her MFA in Public Practice from the Otis College of Art and Design and her BFA from Cornell University.