Humanities Institute

Fellows and Projects

Current Fellows and Projects

Travis Marcum, Ph.D.

Travis Marcum, Ph.D.

Austin Classical Guitar

Travis Marcum is Director of Education at Austin Classical Guitar. Marcum’s research project is titled “My Music: From Community to Classroom and Back” Project. His research will involve collecting and examining data on how students and parents in Austin-area Title I public schools interact with music both in the classroom and out in the community, neighborhoods, churches, and more. The goal of this research is to define and document the myriad of ways diverse students and families across Austin experience music in order to refine the music curriculum to increase its relevancy and student interest.

Bonnie Cullum 

The Vortex 

Bonnie Cullum is the Producing Artistic Director for the Vortex. Cullum's research project is titled, "Towards a Green New Theatre." Cullum, will utilize this Community Fellowship to create a plan for how to shift their organization in the future as they emerge from this pandemic and transform the role of theatre and strive for a life-sustaining civilization. The COVID crisis has created many opportunities to re-center the humanities in their artistic endeavors. Cullum will integrate theatre practice, community outreach, climate science, social equity, and environmental justice to develop a visionary path Towards a Green New Theatre. 

Gina LaMotte 


Gina LaMotte is the Founder, President & Chief Innovation Office of EcoRise. LaMotte's research titled, Strategies for Cultivating Resilience in K-12 Schools, Teachers and Students” will embark on comparative study between various approaches to resilience-building, drawing from educational psychology, community planningclimate adaptation and health in the built environment. Her research on resilience will have multiple applications into the work at EcoRise, informing how they build resilience into student-facing curricula, teacher training and support systems, and district-level consulting and strategic planning.

Lauren Maples 

PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture & Stability)

Lauren Maples is the Executive Director of PEAS. Maples's research project is titled "Building a School-Based Model for Eco-Therapy to Help Communities Cope with Emotional Upset Caused by Covid-19." Her research will involve building a program model for delivering eco-therapy to faculty and students in the public school setting in order to encourage and support the emotional healing process following the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Building on Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainabilities outdoor science-focused programming that currently includes many aspects of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness to engage learners in nature discovery, Maples seeks to create new programming with a primary focus to utilize nature-based SEL and mindfulness activities in outdoor spaces for professional development with faculty and direct programming with students that will provide eco-therapy for the school community.

Past Fellows and Projects

2018-2019 Community Fellows

Susana Almanza, Executive Director, People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources (PODER).
“A Comparative Analysis of Low-Income Housing Along the East Riverside Corridor Master Plan, 2010-2018.”

K.C. Lawrence, Memory Connections Program Director, AGE of Central Texas. 
"AGE’s Memory Connections: Creating a Manual for a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program for People Living with Dementia." 

Gabriel Solis, Executive Director, Texas After Violence Project (TAVP)
“Documenting Narratives of Violence & Building Community-Based Archives of Survival.”

2017-2018 Community Fellows

Heather Barfield, PhD, The VORTEX Repertory Theater
“30 Years of Truth and Thunder: An Archival History of Austin’s Premiere Alternative Theatre”

Lilia Rosas, PhD, Red Salmon Arts
"The People’s Library of Resistance / Biblioteca del pueblo de Resistencia"

2016-2017 Community Fellows

Sera Bonds, Circle of Health International
"Researching Survivor of Human Trafficking Needs in Central Texas"

Cameron Allen, The SEED Adult and Family Learning Community
"Humanistic Assessment in the Adult English Language Classroom"

2015-2016 Community Sabbatical Grantee Fellows

Justin DeBrosse, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
"Evaluating the Efficacy of English Forward"

Charlie Lockwood, Texas Folklife
"Texas and Regional Music Recording: Circulation, Impact, and Sustainability"
Project Feature

Max Rayneard, The Telling Project
"'And That's the Story I Want Told': Performing Veteran Identity and the Telling Project"
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2013-2015 Community Fellows

Julia Cuba, GENAustin
"Creating Sustainable Earned-Income for GENAustin"

Michael Gatto, Austin Community Design and Development Center
"Sustainable Urban Housing Design and Support"

Erin Spalding, The Christi Center
"Determining Grief and Bereavement Needs of Austin's Disenfranchised Populations"

2011-2013 Community Fellows

Eugenio del Bosque, Cine Las Americas
"Cine Las Americas Membership Program"

Andrea Marsh, Texas Fair Defense Project
"Developing Models for Providing Holistic Criminal Defense Representation in Texas"
Project Feature

Rene Valdez, Red Salmon Arts
"Save Our Youth Curricula and Pedagogical Development"

Rocio Villalobos, Grassroots Leadership - Hutto Visitation Program
"Oral History and Writing Workshops"

2009-2011 Community Fellows

Linda Brucker, A Legacy of Giving
"Expanding A Legacy of Giving Through Collaborative Partnerships"

Mike Evans, Urban Roots
"Food Justice Workshops for High School Students"

Deliana Garcia, Migrant Clinicians Network
"Transborder Patient Navigation: An Economic Argument"

Tim Staley, The Library Foundation (Formerly "Austin Public Library Friends Foundation")
"The New Central Library in America"

2008-2009 Community Fellows

Jennifer Peters, Capital IDEA
"Best Practices in Community College Remedial Educational Programs"

Catherine Lee Doar, Austin Habitat for Humanity
"Integrating Durable Low-Cost Shading Strategies into Austin Habitat for Humanity Homes"

Rebecca Jones, Thinkery (Formerly "Austin's Children Museum")
"Best Practices for Cognition and Inquiry-Based Learning"


2007-2008 Community Fellows

Robin Bradford, Foundation Communities
The River is Wide: Keeping the Faith in Disastrous Times"

Stephanie Jarvis, French Legation Museum
"Researching the African-American Presence on Robertson Hill"

Brian Radley, Breakthrough Central Texas (Formerly "Breakthrough Austin")
"Overcoming Silent Barriers: Building a Path to College for Undocumented Breakthrough Students"


2006-2007 Community Fellows

Julian Huerta, Foundation Communities
"Strategies to Improve and Expand Supportive Housing Opportunities for Homeless Families with Children"

Lana Lesley, Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company
"Researching Naturalistic Acting Techniques"

Gail Rice, Austin Safe-Place (Formerly "SafePlace")
"Applying Restorative Justice Principles to Countering Domestic Violence in Travis County"Project Feature


2005-2006 Community Fellows

Steve Bartels, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
"Developing Foreign Language Training in Law School Curricula"

Victoria Camp, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
"Financial Costs of Sexual Assault in Texas and Prevention Programming"

Anna Land, Heart House
Heart House in a Box: Creating Guidelines for Expansion to New Neighborhoods"

Rachel McInturff, Armstrong Community Music School of Austin Lyric Opera
"Integrating Upgraded Music Technology into Music School Curriculum"

Harold McMillan, DiverseArts Production Group
"Restoration and Preservation of Blues Family Tree Project Archive"

Karen Paup, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
"Researching Housing Policy in Low-Income and Minority Communities"

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