About Stable Ground

The Stable Ground Project

Funded by a generous grant from The Kresge Foundation, Stable Ground will address the complex relationship between chronic housing insecurity, its psychologically traumatic impact, and municipal housing policy through participatory community-based art and culture programming that is structured to inform the work of the City of Boston’s Office of Housing Stability. We will embed artists, legal designers, and trauma experts into community/municipal settings to generate outcomes that contribute to local visual/performing arts exhibits and art-making events. These events will include facilitated conversations among artists, residents, activists, organizers, experts, and municipal leaders, all structured to inform existing OHS services and those in development. Outcomes and learning will be captured in a project report and evaluation suitable for publication. We expect to see a greater shared understanding among project participants of the nature and scope of the traumatic impact of housing insecurity and to see that understanding reflected in policies and programs developed by OHS, and in the future community work of the other partnership organizations. We hope to influence the work of other individuals, organizations, and municipalities through our published report and evaluation.

Stable Ground is a collaboration among four organizations. The NuLawLab engages arts-based disciplines to create new models of legal empowerment. The Office of Housing Stability creates new programs and policies to support the creation, maintenance and preservation of secure and affordable housing. Violence Transformed fosters creative action to overcome violence and extends trauma-informed training to community-based groups. The Domestic Violence Institute provides focused community education with the goal of helping people break the cycle of violence.

Legal Design Team

Artists in Residence

Meet The Stable Ground Boston Team of Artists in Residence.

We are so honored to work with Ngoc-Tran Vu, L’Merchie Frazier and Anna Meyer.

 

Ngoc-Tran Vu

Ngoc-Tran Vu is a 1.5-generation Vietnamese American multimedia and transnational artist whose practice draws from her experience as a community organizer and healer. She was born in in Vietnam and grew up in Dorchester, MA where she’s currently based. Tran is involved with the resident-led group Dorchester Not For Sale where she actively fights for development without displacement in her community.
Website: www.ngoctranvu.com
@TranzSonic

 


L’Merchie Frazier

We are honored to be working with L’Merchie Frazier. L’Merchie a public fiber artist, innovator, poet and holographer, is Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket. For fifteen years she has been engaged in highlighting and curating the Museum’s collection/exhibits, in providing place-based education and interdisciplinary history programs, projects and lectures, most recently promoting STEM / STEAM education pedagogy, and in managing the successful Faculty/ Teachers’ Institutes and its extension, The Cross Cultural Classroom, a benefit marketed to independent education entities, municipalities and corporations. She is adjunct faculty for Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown, Massachusetts. She has served the artistic community for over twenty years as an award winning national and international visual and performance artist and poet, with residencies in Brazil, Taiwan, Africa, France, and Cuba. As a lecturer and workshop presenter. Her audiences include youth and adults. She is former Board member of CityLife /Vida Urbana and is on the advisory board of Paige Academy and is a Art Commons Boston AppLab Board Member. L’Merchie is a member of Women of Color Quilter’s Network. She is resident artist of African American Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP) at Northeastern University and at Fairmount Innovation and Southend Technology Center, MIT FabLabs in Boston. Her fiber works serve to document history and memory, and often include innovative technology. These artworks are featured in a series entitled The Quilted Chronicles. Selected works are included in several art publications and in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design, the Smithsonian Institute and the White House. Frazier was chosen as part of the 3-artist launch group for the City of Boston’s AIR artists (Artist-in-Residence). She recently received the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative City individual artist grant and the Northeastern University Law Lab Stable Ground artist residency. L’Merchie serves on the Massachusetts Council on Hisstory and Social Studies advisory commission for public schools.


Anna Myer

Anna Myer began her dance training in 1962 with Esther Brooks at the Cambridge School of Ballet on a Ford Foundation Scholarship. After receiving scholarships from the Joffrey Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre, Myer joined the Boston Ballet. She later studied and performed with Ana Roje. In 1992 Myer founded Anna Myer and Dancers (AMAD), a modern dance company in Cambridge, MA. Since its founding in 1992 Anna Myer and Dancers has performed Anna Myer’s innovative choreography to a steadily growing audience throughout the Northeast, most notably in Boston and New York City, and to the acclaim of some of the country’s most prominent dance critics. Myer’s unique language of movement is a fusion of her classical, modern, and postmodern background. Her dances are emotionally charged and infused with a keen formal intelligence. The Company has been presented by Dance Umbrella’s Boston Moves (1999), the Fleet Bank Celebrity Series (2003), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (2002 and 2003), Summer Stages Dance (2006), and Crash Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2007, 2012), Hibernian Hall (2011 and 2014), Strand Theater (2008), Fringe Festival, Scotland (2009), North Conway, NH (2012), Holderness, NH, (2012), Bennington College, VT (2013), Bridgewater State College (2013) basketball courts in housing developments in Boston (2011 –2012) The Harlem Stage, NYC (2014), Hibernian Hall, Boston (2014). Critics in both The New York Times and The Boston Globe have hailed her work. Accolades include “Ten Best Dance Events of 2001” (Christine Temin of The Boston Globe), and “Best of Arts and Dance” (2003, 2005 The Boston Phoenix). Jennifer Dunning wrote “Ms. Myer is a master weaver” (The New York Times) while Thea Singer wrote, “…a moving confluence of music, rap, and dance sends a message” (The Boston Globe, 2008). AMAD had a feature article on Hoop Suite in The Boston Globe on June 8, 2012.

 

 

Project Team

Dan Jackson

Executive Director, NuLawLab

Dan Jackson directs the NuLawLab at Northeastern University School of Law, an interdisciplinary innovation laboratory working to merge creative arts and law to create new models of legal empowerment.  Dan is a 1997 graduate of Northeastern Law and a 1990 graduate of Northwestern University.  Following a postgraduate clerkship with The Hon. Hugh H. Bownes at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Dan worked for 13 years with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, ultimately serving as the firm’s director of attorney development after practicing in the employment law group.  Prior to law school, Dan worked as a designer for theater.  He continues to do so, most recently with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and The Provincetown Theater.


Jules  Rochielle

Creative Director, NuLawLab

Jules is  an artist, an educator and a social justice advocate. Currently, Jules is an embedded artist and the Creative Director at NuLawLab, Northeastern University School of Law.  As an artist,  Jules utilizes the following creative strategies: performance, applied design, collaborative practices, public art, public pedagogies, civic engagement, social justice, storytelling, advocacy through the arts, participatory media, social media, GIS mapping, data collection, writing, community organizing, research, social media and reflection thru walking.  Jules is currently a Creative Placemaking Policy
Fellow at Arizona State University | Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


 

Margo Lindauer

Director of the Domestic Violence Institute

Margo Lindauer holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences as the director of the Domestic Violence Institute and the director of the Domestic Violence Clinic. Prior to joining the Northeastern community, Professor Lindauer worked at Project Place as the director of Partnerships to Opportunities for Women in Re-Entry (POWR), where she oversaw the implementation of an innovative Department of Labor grant dedicated to working with female ex-offenders within six months of re-entry.   This built upon her extensive background in domestic violence work at Casa Myrna Vazquez, at Respond, Inc., and at Georgetown’s Domestic Violence Clinic.  Professor Lindauer gained valuable clinical teaching experience at Georgetown, where she earned her LL.M. and at Suffolk Law School where she served as a teaching fellow in the child advocacy clinic and the juvenile defender clinic. Professor Lindauer is a graduate of Wellesley College and a member of the Northeastern University School of Law class of 2007.


Jennifer Howard

Supervising Attorney of the Domestic Violence Institute

Jennifer Howard is Supervising Attorney of the Legal Assistance for Victims Project of the Domestic Violence Institute at Northeastern University School of Law where she recruits, trains, and supervises law students conducting legal intakes and outreach with community partners.  She previously managed the Legal Advocacy Program at DOVE, Inc, a multi-service domestic violence organization, where she provided a range of legal services to survivors in both family and district courts.  Ms. Howard formerly served as a consultant to the Battered Women’s Justice Project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a national technical assistance helpline designed to assist both survivors of domestic violence and those who help them and as a Staff Attorney to the Women Against Abuse Legal Center in Philadelphia, PA.  Ms. Howard is a member of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Council and co-founder of the Legal Advocacy Roundtable.  Ms. Howard graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.


Mary Harvey

Founding Director, Violence Transformed

Mary R. Harvey, Ph.D. is an artist, a clinical and community psychologist and the founding director of Violence Transformed, an initiative of the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law.  She is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the now retired founding director of the Victims of Violence (VOV) Program of the Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Harvey has lectured widely and written extensively about the ecological context of interpersonal and sexual violence, the treatment of psychological trauma and the sources and expressions of recovery and resiliency in trauma survivors. Her work has taken her to Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and to Cape Town, South Africa as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Gender-Based Violence. She is the co-author (with Mary P. Koss) of The Rape Victim: Clinical and Community Interventions.  She is the co-editor (with Dr. Pratyusha Tummala-Narra) of and contributing author to “Sources and expressions of resilience in trauma survivors: Ecological theory, multicultural practice.”

Dr. Harvey received both a Post-Baccalaureate certificate and a Studio Arts Diploma (Painting, Printmaking, Drawing) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and, in 2007, initiated the area’s first Violence Transformed exhibit. Violence Transformed has since evolved into an annual series of visual and performing arts events, hosted by diverse academic and community venues and curated by area artists, academics and museum professionals as well as by advocates for social justice and social change through the arts.  Violence Transformed celebrates the power of art, artists and art making to confront, challenge and mediate violence.  For more information about Violence Transformed, visit: www.violencetransformed.com.

Today, Dr. Harvey continues to serve as the Founding Director of Violence Transformed and as a Senior Psychologist at the Victims of Violence Program.  She has a private clinical practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts and, as an emerging artist, has continues to produce and exhibit her own work at both Violence Transformed and other area venues.


Barbara Hamm

Founding Member, Violence Transformed

Barbara Hamm, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been a leading expert in the field of the psychology of trauma for over 25 years. While at the Cambridge Health Alliance Victims of Violence Program (VOV) she served 9 years as its Director and held a variety of additional roles including Co-Director of the Political Trauma Services Network, Training Director of the Coordinated Care Program for Political Violence Survivors, Director of Victim Services and Director of the Mindfit Resiliency Project.

She is a founding member of Violence Transformed and has been an active participant ever since.  Her contributions to Violence Transformed include Co-Directorships with Dr. Mary Harvey of the Arthur P. Gold Foundation’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 Presidential Awards to Violence Transformed, and of the 2016-17 and  2017- 18 Victim Services Training Grant from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance for two community-based series of  trauma-informed workshops entitled “Perspectives: Transforming Violence through Mindful Artmaking”.

Additionally, she has pioneered mindfulness training to law enforcement officers in this country and travelled extensively in this and other countries to offer trauma training to organizations working with refugees in flight and victims of natural and manmade disasters. She currently has a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the Director of a consultation and training group, Connect Associates and a trauma consultant to Transition House, a Cambridge based Domestic Violence Service agency. She is an Affiliate of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion and is on the Technical Advisory Board for both the SEED Foundation Kurdistan and the Medicine Wheel Hand in Hand Project.


Dayle  Duran ’19

NUSL Co-op Student

Dayle Duran is a second-year student at Northeastern University School of Law, pursuing a concentration in Intellectual Property. In 2012, Dayle received a bachelor’s degree from theBerklee College of Music, where she studied composition and music business. Dayle is an active member of Boston’s social justice community. She is presently serving as a Lawyering Fellow to the Northeastern University School of Law’s Legal Skills in Social Context program. In addition, Dayle received the 2014 Berklee Urban Service Award for her professional work as a music educator and youth worker, and her use of music as a catalyst for social change. Dayle brings her unique perspective as a future lawyer, professional musician, and social justice advocate to her work on Stable Ground.


Daniel Espinoza ’19

NUSL Co-op Student

Daniel is currently in their second year of law school at Northeastern University School of Law and received their bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language & Literature and Psychology from Boston University. On campus, Daniel is the Communications Chair for the Queer Caucus. Daniel is interested in looking into creative ways to use legal power to support people power, such as utilizing international law arguments to support grassroots organizations. In their free time, Daniel enjoys reading comics, running, rock climbing, live music, and pushing the boundaries of the legal system.


Mark Martinez ’18

NUSL Co-op Student

Mark Martinez is a third year law student and a proud product of Western Mass, originally from Ware, MA, and receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Western New England University located in Springfield, MA. On campus he is the Co-Chair of the Black Law Students Association, the Vice Chair for Social Events for the Student Bar Association, the Social Chair of the Queer Caucus and former Co-Chair of the Latin American Law Students Association. Mark’s legal interests lie in the areas pf State and Local Government and Community Economic Development.

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