In 2009, Ms. Boling left her management position in Philadelphia working under the corporate office of Carlson Hotels World Wide to seek a more fulfilling career path. Returning to New Mexico, Ms. Boling enrolled in UNM’s College of Fine Arts and began exploring how to use art as a catalyst to build bridges between herself and the world around her. Throughout her academic career pursuing a second degree in studio arts and a minor in Arts Management, Ms. Boling spent a great deal of time working with senior management teams who were leading non-profits that promoted social change, systems change and policy reform. During this time, Ms. Boling began developing collaborative portraiture projects with diverse groups of people in an effort to examine the meaning of personal identity verses perceived identity. At the root of Ms. Boling’s artistic process is her desire to give voice to the stories often left unheard. Much of Ms. Boling’s artistic practice has defined her as a socially engaged artist as she creates art in an effort to facilitate connections across social divides.
It is Boling’s creative and analytical skills, which have made her a uniquely valuable project manager and creative consultant. As a result Boling has served on several strategic planning committees, design teams, develop various new programs and acted as a creative facilitator, inside and outside of the arts. As a result Boling has worked closely with senior management teams within:
• The Metropolitan Homelessness Project / The Albuquerque Heading Home Initiative
(part of the 100K Homes Project)
• Little Globe
• The Private Practice of J.H. Upplegger M.D. P.C.
• The Artistic Image
• UNM's Accessibility Resource Center
• The Vortex Theater
• UNM's Theater For Young Audiences
• Enlace Comunitario
• UNM’s College of Fine Arts
Currently, Ms. Boling is on the Board of Directors with the Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Valle de Oro is the nations first Urban Wildlife Refuge developed under the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Urban Refuge Initiative. After graduation, Ms. Boling will continue to utilize art as a means to build bridges amongst divided groups in an effort to bring people together for a common cause that benefits the larger whole.