Michelle Lisa is currently completing a Master of Arts in Museum Studies & Non-Profit Management at Johns Hopkins University. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University in Photography & Fiber Based Painting. Her current practice is focused on producing community based programming that allows space to for artist and community members to form collaborative relationships.

She is the Program & Outreach Manager at Locust Projects where she is at the helm of all public programming including Talks.Miami and the R +D / Mobile Studio. In her previous position as Programs Manager of the Miami Rail she successfully implemented the Visiting Writer Program, Block by Block Program and the new Writer’s Retreat partnering with The Standard, Miami Beach.

As an artist she explores the nature of human interaction through textiles and photographs. Her most recent work moves from a previous series of self-portraits, Dancing With Myself, which explored her relationship with herself away from the guidance of her parents, into a new body of work documenting trips and interactions with her parents and family, If Home Was Home.

Ansanm, is her newest project launched in December 2017 with funding from The Awesome Foundation. Ansanm, is a civic engagement project that aims to bring the arts to Miami’s diverse working class communities through community based events centered around meals. Ansanm is produced in collaboration with the BLCK Family, a collective based in Miami, FL.


Rocking Chair Sessions

Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista are both locally based South Florida artists that collaborate as the BABA COLLECTIVE. They originally met at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, FL during their individual artist residencies in 2016.

The idea of the BABA COLLECTIVE was born when in discussion of the diversity of artists that were found at the BAC, and other institutions in Miami, they realized the lack of archives providing the ability to access interviews of these individuals. Thus RCS: ROCKING CHAIRS SESSIONS was created. A publicly accessible forum where one could find individual recordings describing the professions, media, and life of South Florida based creatives.

Launching their collaborative endeavor in 2017, the BABA COLLECTIVE seeks to amass a window into the lives and process of SoFla based professionals in the arts.