Get to know Emily Mock, our new program associate:
What attracted you to The LP? How does working here relate to your professional goals?
I’ve joined the LP as a Center for Neighborhood Leadership Community Organizing Apprentice, which means I focus on community engagement, programs, and supporting the activism of community members. I’m also a teaching artist and museum educator who no longer spends all her time in workshop and classrooms, so I will definitely be keeping close to our youth programs.
Do you have your own creative practice?
For the past year, I’ve been studying Chinese paper cutting, a craft that is actually more ancient than paper. My work comes from my identity as a femme Asian American and is often about language, home, and memory. I am working on a paper cut book that retells the legend of Nian as a story about Manhattan Chinatown community members organizing to oust the forces of displacement from their neighborhood.
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
This past year, I’ve been deeply inspired by two femme and women-led projects: the BUFU Collective and the Chinatown Arts Brigade. The BUFU Collective’s practice of decentralized leadership has taught me so much about power and collaboration. The Chinatown Art Brigade’s accountability to the Asian diaspora of Chinatown is a model for me and two of its founders (Tomie Arai and Betty Yu) are Create Change Alumnae!
In what neighborhood do you currently live in?
What is your favorite…
Sichuan and Shanghainese cuisines
Flight of Dragons, Boogie Nights
New Amerykah Part One by Erykah Badu
Where do you do your laundry?
Ryan L & W Laundromat on Jefferson and Howard
In your opinion, why does art matter?
Art-making matters because it feels to me like a process of making meaning out of materials and collaboration.