Projects

Current projects include all new exhibits for Death Valley National Park‘s refurbished Visitor Center, to open in the fall of 2012; an online wildlife guide for the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, to launch in June; outdoor exhibits for a biking and walking trail at theSan Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge (South Unit).

Select past projects are outlined below. Contact me for writing samples.

LA Starts Here!

The Story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles

Research, writing
Opened April 2011

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is Los Angeles’s newest cultural institution, and the only one dedicated to the Mexican American story in Los Angeles. I worked with fellow writer Kathy Talley-Jones and curator Ken Luftig-Viste to develop the content for the exhibition. Kathy and I co-wrote and edited all exhibit text, as well as the content for the show’s multimedia elements.

Project partners: Kathy Tally-Jones, IQ Magic

Cache Creek Regional Park Kiosks

Research, content development, writing
2011

Cache Creek Regional Park wanted their new outdoor kiosks to establish a sense of place and encourage visitors to recognize the importance of the Park as habitat with an important role in the larger watershed. I did the research for this project, and worked with the client and the designer to develop concepts for each of the six panels.

Project partner: Erica Fielder Studio

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Fort Bragg Coastal Trail Interpretive Panels

Coastal BluffsResearch, content development
2010

The City of Fort Bragg is building a new coastal trail with interpretive displays. I did the research and writing for the seven panels on the southern portion of the trail.
Project partner: Erica Fielder Studio


América Tropical Interpretive Center

Thematic development, defining exhibit objectives, research, exhibit development, writing
Ongoing

America Tropical Gallery 1

The Getty Conservation Institute recently conserved a controversial 1932 mural by the famous Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros. The new interpretive center, housed two doors down from the mural in downtown Los Angeles, explores the historic context and significance of the mural and showcases its legacy. I wrote the themes, exhibit narrative, and all text for the exhibition, and assisted in the selection of exhibit materials.
Project partner IQ Magic

Ten Mile River Bridge Panels

Editing
Completed November 2009

Life on Shifting SandsThe replacement of Ten Mile Bridge in Mendocino County called for a series of interpretive displays exploring the local flora and fauna and the history of the bridge. The designer hired me to revise the committee-written text for the displays.
Project partner Erica Fielder Studio

Vasquez Rocks Visitor Center

Research, thematic development, story development
Completed March 2009

The first phase of this design-build project required a scoping document that included exhibit themes and a narrative exploring the natural and cultural context for this geologically significant park. I drafted exhibit themes and a background report highlighting the geologic, cultural, and biological significance of the park and narrating the storylines that might be explored in the new visitor center.
Project partner IQ Magic

Nature Center at Topanga State Park

Thematic development, research, writing
Completed May 2008

The renovation of the nature center at Topanga State Park called for all new interior exhibits as well as interpretive signage outside the nature center and in kiosks along some of the trails. As content developer, I created exhibit themes and objectives, researched the natural and cultural history of the site and the historic building that housed the nature center, interviewed docents to determine program needs, and wrote all exhibit text.
Project partner IQ Magic

California State Parks Panels Program

Research, concept development, writing
Completed January 2008

Carpenters of the ForestThe Park Panels Program maintains a catalog of interpretive displays on a variety of subjects, which are purchased and installed in parks throughout the state. I was responsible for the research and content for four of these outdoor displays, and the concept development for two of them.
Illustrator: Wendy Shaul