Experience in Art Education

Education and Experience

2019 - 2020

Visiting Artist,
Police Reform Organizing Project

As Visiting Artist Ms. Swords organized art-making workshops for children and parents in community centers in east and west Harlem.

September 2009 - August 2018

Founder & Director, Red Hook Art Project

Ms. Swords founded and directed a small volunteer-based nonprofit in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


During her time at its helm RHAP provided up to 30 children a year with free access to mentoring from professional visual artists and musicians on weekends.  (This focus was supplemented with homework help and stress management workshops on weekdays.)

September - May 1997, September - May 2003

Adjunct Professor of Studio Art, Haverford College, Haverford, PA

Ms Swords taught sculpture and drawing (beginner and intermediate levels) as a substitute for professor's sebaticals.

September 1990 - May 1995

New York Academy of Art,

New York Studio School,

Parsons Academy

Five years of intensive studies resulting in a Masters of Fine Art with a concentration in figurative sculpture.