When I finished graduate school, I went to volunteer in Israel. I worked with Inter-Action, a London based organization dedicated to social change through the arts. They came to Ashkelon for five years and one of the leaders was Liz Leyh, who was a concrete sculptor. I learned not only how to work with concrete but how to structure art as a community building activity. The skills I learned in my three years in Ashkelon taught me how to be a successful community artist.