Lauren Boland no longer works for the Ann Arbor CIL.
As Coordinator for the Center's Arts and Gardening programs, Lauren has been an integral part of shaping, developing, and offering many enriching classes and opportunities for individuals with disabilities at the CIL. An artist herself, Lauren teaches classes on photography, holds art shows, facilitates cooking classes, engineers gardening initiatives, and more. Lauren has been a key part of building the raised gardening beds that are now located in the Southeast corner of the CIL's grounds. With these accessible gardening beds, individuals who use wheelchairs can enjoy growing herbs, vegetables, and flowers.
Lauren also creates many marketing and promotional materials for CIL events and programs, including flyers, brochures, and other print materials. Taking on video production, she has also produced two videos on the Center's annual event IRide. In addition, Lauren has created a website for the AmeriCorps VISTA program and developed the IRide website.
As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Lauren is working with the CIL for two years helping to build new programs and increase capacity at the Center.
Lauren graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts and Ideas in the Humanities. Her concentrations were in Photography and Art History. As a sutdent, Lauren was active in a variety of student-led organizations and was a member of the executive board for the Comic Club, STAND: Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, and BorderLinks Allies.
After her AmeriCorps VISTA term, Lauren plans to pursue her goal of working in medicine.