Emma Colón joined our team as Media & Storytelling Manager in September 2019. Get to know more about her!
In what neighborhood do you live?
How did you first become connected to The LP, or hear about The LP?
What attracted you to The LP? How does working here relate to your professional goals?
Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!
I studied creative writing as an undergrad and am most interested in poetry and creative nonfiction, form-wise. I also love lino-cut printing, collaging and other paper crafts, and watercolor. Going for a DJ practice in my next life. (Or sometime later in this one—my DJ alter ego (and Instagram handle) is djyungpup).
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
Very inspired by the work of Philly-based Ras Cutlass, who combines social work/therapeutic practices with Afrofuturist visioning methodologies towards community-based mental wellness. Can’t stop reading Jia Tolentino.
What is your favorite… film? …album? …food?
Where do you do your laundry?
In your opinion, why does art matter?
That’s the big Q! To me, what matters most about art is its capacity to crack open a system, process, or notion—the way it can carve out a literal or figurative space specifically for examining, stretching, being curious, and being brave. bell hooks said, “the function of art is to do more than tell it like it is—it’s to imagine what is possible.” Add to that imaginative function the capacity to both model and enact, and I think that gets at what feels most meaningful about art to me.
What LP value do you most relate to and why?
I’d like to choose two. I brought up the focus on place earlier, which is important to me for the way our most immediate environs/communities/neighborhoods are what feed into the larger structures and systems that hold us all. “Starting at home” feels clear and direct to me. The second value that feels particularly special is being propelled by love, which strikes me as an abundant and powerful way to move through the world, especially as an institution.
Emma Colón is an artist and cultural worker committed to supporting art’s capacity to build community and effect social change. Prior to joining The LP, Emma worked as Editorial and Communications Manager at A Blade of Grass, where she produced written content about socially engaged art and helped to develop and carry out a comprehensive content strategy for the organization. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Creative Writing from Macalester College and has a background in arts-based youth education. Emma is excited to contribute to The LP’s work advancing artists and neighbors as change makers as Media & Storytelling Manager.