I started Make A Mark in 2016 because I wanted to do more meaningful work and be a part of a community of those doing meaningful work. I have learned a lot of valuable lessons throughout this journey. And I realized that I need to do more. So I brought together my own personal strengths and paired them with those of my network. The pop up concept puts a twist on Pop Ups and Camp. After having traveled the world and calling major cities like New York, London, Paris + Bologna home, I brought the various cultural experiences that have influenced my development as a creator and mashed them up with my experiences within education and impact. I consider myself to be kind of like a chef but instead of food experiences we are creating unique learning experiences. And our clientele is not foodies or hungry bellies-- its KIDS!
It all started when…
Before I moved back to Nashville, I lived in New York City, Providence, London, and Italy. I went to Providence for college at Brown University. Up north is where I realized the beauty in creating experiences and events and the power of collaboration. I learned how to take an idea and run with it. I also had my first real swing at leadership when I started a magazine and ran a staff of over 25 before I was even 22. And I learned a lot of lessons on how not to lead and the importance of community. I'm very grateful for the experiences and people that I met along that journey.
Whenever I could I created live music events, pop up community events, and art experiences. I honed my creator skills and grew confident in my ability to go from ideation to execution. I also realized that I was happiest when I was working within my community and with youth or the elderly. So, whenever I could I would volunteer, teach and, ultimately try my best to be doing truly meaningful work.
My pop up twist pulls on my experiences designing and creating live events and art experiences and my work within education. I have worked with kids and in education for over 13 years. I am a former math and arts educator who has worked in marketing and design as well. I am a community impact engineer committed to spreading joy and knowledge. Seeing the challenges and gaps in the education system first hand served as additional fuel to my social impact fire. Who says learning can't be fun? Who says all kinds of youth cannot be excited about learning? Who says learning has to be stale? At Make A Mark, we like our learning just like we like our food-- fresh! Enjoy S.T.E.A.M. based learning experiences designed in partnership with engineers and artists from around the globe (including Google and the NYT)-- all in unique locations around the Greater Nashville. There are limited seats available per experience for ages 5-14. I am so excited to share this concept here in Nashville. Summer @ Make A Mark opens for registration April 19th.
As a part of my commitment to community and equitable learning, for every SB Pop Up student we will donate a pop up seat/experience in one of our upcoming community pop up events to a student in an underserved community of Nashville one for one.
For more information please give us a call at 615.669.5384. And to hear some of what my past students and parents have to say click here!