Courtney is an artist, educator and community organizer who uses art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to amplify social justice movements.
Her projects combine organizing strategies and urgently needed services with collaborative, poetic, and performative actions that connect diverse and often antagonistic actors (abolitionists, police, service providers, and those impacted by the system). At the core of her practice is the belief that those most affected by systemic social issues are the experts society needs to listen to and that by connecting those directly affected with a multitude of community experts and political stakeholders, change can be created on personal and systemic levels.
She currently co-directs the People’s Paper Co-op with her partner Mark Strandquist. Building on fellowships from A Blade of Grass and Open Societies Foundation, they began The Reentry Think Tank.