Christine Armstrong is a force to be reckoned with. As a community organizer, cultural strategist, educator, community advocate, and graduate student, Armstrong has a gift for connecting experts across various disciplines and experiences to create equitable communities. Incorporating the arts, culture, and education might be passions of Christine Armstrong, but the intersectionality of her work amplifies her impact.
As a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion for over ten years, Christine Armstrong’s work focuses on empowerment and social equity. As the present Managing Director at Transformative Culture project, Armstrong’s efforts allow youth and adult artists to strengthen their social and economic power through art expression. Additionally, Armstrong is an active board member at Miranda’s Hearth, a 501(c)3 non-profit which seeks to remove barriers to the arts and to build community for people of all backgrounds. At Lesley University, where she is a current M.Ed. candidate of Art, Community, and Education, Armstrong amplifies her Community Planning and Youth Work degree from University of Massachusetts at Boston while integrating her relevant personal and professional experience.
This experience comes with constant reminders of institutional barriers for people of color, specifically women of color. Armstrong employs her resilient experience to illuminate and erode these unjust hurdles in higher education through the foundations of arts and culture.
In one of her latest works, “Tears, Tiers and Ivory Towers,” Christine Armstrong creates an installation reflective of personal and collective experiences of women of color in higher education. Comprised of books in white and traditional African textiles and adorned with military figurines, the viewer must navigate the systematic barriers and climb to institutional enlightenment.
Christine Armstrong’s poignant work as a student, artist, and community organizer make her an asset to the advancement of peoples, collectively. Her aspirations to become a tenured professor, when achieved, will allow Christine Armstrong to incorporate much needed perspectives, theories, and cumulative knowledge about DEI in the community arts sector while she simultaneously mentors marginalized populations and their allies through higher education.
You can see her personal website here: https://culturalequity.wordpress.com/