Hello! I am Elisabeth (Liz) Staal, and I am so excited to be the Research Fellow with Open Door Arts this year! I was born in San Francisco, California, raised in Leominster, Massachusetts, and have most recently been living in Washington, DC. I am currently pursuing my Ed.M in Education Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship with a concentration in Arts & Learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
What are your favorite pastimes?
I love to dance, read, do yoga, care for my 30+ plants, go for long walks, and spend time with friends! Especially over the past year and a half, reading and yoga have become escapes for me. I became a Book of the Month subscriber a couple years ago and I absolutely love it!
You are trapped on an island. What three items do you want to have with you?
A good book, music and cheese
Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
I don’t know if it is uncommon as much as it is just not common knowledge about me, but I trained in figure skating for about 6 years! As far as quirks go, I have two different thumbs!
What brings you to ODA?
I am very passionate about equitable access to the arts and arts education for people with disabilities, and am really excited to be part of ODA’s work. I believe that the arts are a human right and that the arts are better when more people can authentically engage. I hope to have a positive impact and promote inclusion in my work to be part of disrupting existing inequities and look forward to learning from the ODA team!
What are you doing during your fellowship?
As the Research Fellow, I will be focused on gathering data to support current and future programming! I will get to be involved with many areas of the organization including education, virtual galleries, social media and more!