As a community-engaged artists and yoga therapist, working with Foundation Communities is an exciting opportunity to merge Olivia’s passions for arts, health, and my community. She looks forward to learning more about using community-engaged arts practice as a way to activate spaces, empower community members, and cultivate health and well-being. This type of project has the potential to deepen the work happening in my community, but also to serve as a model for what is possible in low-income communities when community engagement, wellness and arts are integrated into the design process.
Olivia believes an integrated focus on wellness, specifically stress-management, is crucial for the long-term success of any community. She looks forward to seeing how these tools and practices will be adopted and adapted by other low-income communities and the organizations that support them. She hopes that during her time as a Rose Fellow, she can help Foundation Communities find tools and create systems that allow its employees and residents to have more productive conversations, take some creative agency, and manage stress. Ultimately, she to help create a culture that goes beyond simply surviving to support a greater sense of well-being for everyone involved with the community.
Olivia earned a B.A. in Theater (Applied Theater & Acting) from the University of Southern California and is a certified C-IAYT Yoga Therapist.