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About Me

I'm a multidisciplinary artist and educator, with a passion for social justice and community work.

A selfie of Toby in a russet sweater, rectangular glasses, and green toque.

I have always had an enormous appetite for arts in multiple media - created with the hands or performed with the body. Though I've dabbled in sculpture, sewing, pottery, candlemaking, sketching, glass, painting, and more, dance and textiles have long been at the forefront. I began to dance at age 5 or 6 and first learned to knit soon after. I've since expanded my range of dance styles, become a disabled dancer, and learned to choreograph; and in textiles, I've picked up spinning, dyeing, weaving, and pattern design.

Much of my art and other work is informed by my own experience with disability, gender fluidity, and queer identity. While studying at UVM I received formal training as a tutor, in Universal Design for Learning, and on social justice organising and advocacy. I now have several years' experience educating on topics of gender, sexuality, ability, and socio-economic status for various groups, conferences, and institutions.

Improving access for some improves access for all. Keeping in mind the diversity of experience and the intersection of multiple identities supports communities, makes education more effective, and enriches arts and life in general. While advocacy, arts, and classroom teaching may seem disparate, I consider them interwoven, fusible parts of the greater whole that is my life, my work, and my place in my communities.

Additional References:

Resume and dance/teaching CV available on request: twmacnutt@gmail.com

You can also follow me on twitter, watch my videos on Vimeo, or check out my patterns and projects on Ravelry.

Affiliations:

Member, Vermont Dance Alliance
Program Manager, VSA Vermont
Member, Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council