Artist Biography

If you are looking for ARTS CONNECT INTERNATIONAL please visit This is Marian's personal artist website. 

Marian devotes her life to working on the question of how to build and support inclusive learning communities through the arts, looking at learning and leadership styles to catalyze social change while striving to achieve social equity. As the Executive Director and Founder of Arts Connect International, Marian seeks to unearth opportunities for burgeoning and established artists to address aspects of cultural inclusion through entrepreneurial, arts-based, artist residencies. She believes in the inherent power of artists to be effective change agents within their respective communities, as well as in a global context. 

Prior to founding ACI Marian was the recipient of a Global Health Corps Fellowship to work at the Art and Global Health Center in Malawi, Africa, promoting HIV/AIDS education and advocacy through the arts. She also worked as the Associate Director for ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s, where she led and managed 100 days of programming in the Boston metropolitan community for people living with dementia and their care partners. 

Throughout her education and work experience, Marian has continued to work as a professional artist; her current studio investigation surrounds creating handmade paper out of recycled clothing for community building and catharsis, as well as a burgeoning practice in performance arts. She completed artist residencies at the Colorado Center for Handmade Paper and the Genesee Center for Arts and Education. Work from these residencies resulted in multiple showings of “Family Tree” at the Gutman Library Gallery at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, The Open Door Gallery at VSA Massachusetts, and the Print Studio Gallery at the Genesee Center for Arts and Education.

Marian is a current Doctoral student in Global Inclusion and Social Development at UMass Boston. She received her Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and completed her B.A. in Studio Art, with a minor in Education, graduating with distinction in Studio Art from Colorado College.

In her free time Marian is an avid skier, yogi, hiker, proud auntie and animal lover. She spends much of her free time in the mountains, with family and friends, and with her cat, Abby. 

Photo: Candace Walker