When Carol Zou was growing up in subsidized university housing as the child of first-generation Chinese immigrants, she read The Fledgling by Jane Langton and convinced the rest of the children in the apartment complex that if they practiced hard enough, they could collectively learn how to fly. She is still a professional dreamer, interlocutor, writer, organizer, educator, provocateur, and systems architect around issues of public space, imagination, and liberation from structural oppression. Collaborative endeavors include Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, Michelada Think Tank, Trans.lation Vickery Meadow, and Asian Arts Initiative. Carol received her BFA from Cornell University with minors in Urban Planning and Gender Studies, and her MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design. She has participated in fellowships and residencies from Intercultural Leadership Institute, National Art Strategies, Women's Center for Creative Work, Common Field, University of Chicago Place Lab-Rebuild Foundation, and University of Houston College of the Arts-Project Row Houses.
In this episode, Carol and I discuss her work in the arts and how the arts can be used for social change, community building, mental health and her depression life hacks.
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