Risa Horn

Artist at Self Employed
Bethesda, Maryland
United States

Risa Horn is a visual and performance artist creating socially engaged collaborations and design processes for citizens to impact our lived experience with interdisciplinary aesthetic exchange and conversation rooted in people, places, and their stories. Seeking out intercultural connection, she explores how places and environments hold, reveal and shape our internal and cultural narratives. From 2014-2015, Risa held the position of Artist in Residence to Dudley Street through the Fairmount Cultural Corridor Initiative. She worked closely with Dudley Street residents, the Design Studio for Social Intervention, and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative to create a series of public interventions highlighting the neighborhood’s local businesses as bustling central public spaces. One of these projects, Moving Colors of Life, was a series of original dance pieces performed in five different local food establishments, exploring the essential and unique public role of each space. The works were performed during open business hours, layering performance and real-time customer patronage. Risa has been creating this long-term relationship based work in the Roxbury/Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston since 2012, partnering with a diverse group of local, national and international non-profits, independent foundations and like-minded art institutions. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Art from Tufts University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Certificate of Creative Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.