2019 Artist in Residence: L'Merchie Frazier

New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself!

New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself! is a collaborative and interactive fiber arts project that will engage and empower diverse audiences from Boston neighborhoods through a series of workshops as they design fiber sculpture models. Artist and Teens will also incorporate and utilize spoken and written word to express and document components of social justice, equity and public memory. Reflecting the voices of youth and people in the community, New Urban Monuments will suggest new public monuments that embody the things our audiences want to remember.

About L'Merchie Frazier

L’Merchie Frazier, 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. Since 2007 she has designed and delivered history and art-making projects every summer with MLK Scholar high school students for the Museum of African American History.

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 an 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’s Learn2Teach MIT FabLabs in Boston. Her fiber works serve to document history and memory, social justice, 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 History and Social Studies advisory commission for public schools. She recently was invited to speak at the Boston Public Library on public monuments.