Laurel served as the Program Development Specialist for 4C LAB, an arts education and social justice nonprofit that provides a safe space for young creative visionaries to share their stories through artistic expression to inspire positive social impact in their communities.
As a two-person facilitation team, Laurel and 4C LAB Artistic/Executive Director Marissa Herrera have co-led arts-based professional development and community-building workshops for the CalArts Community Arts Partnership, the Loyola Marymount University First To Go Student Orientation, the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic Summer Arts Workshop at Dolores Mission Middle School, the iLEAD Charter School Network All-Staff Retreat, the LA’s Best Afterschool Enrichment Video Program, the ArtworxLA Teaching Artist Training Program, and Riverside and Pasadena Unified School Districts. Their workshops center around culturally responsive and healing centered arts pedagogies through an antiracist and individual/community wellness lens.
In addition to facilitation, Laurel served as a special initiatives consultant, grant and proposal editor, program designer and thought partner for 4C LAB. She has been a guest artist and culmination co-host for the 4C LAB CoLab Residency Program for Young Creative Visionaries. In 2022, Laurel paused her work with 4C LAB in order to conduct participatory research on the CoLab pedagogical model as a case study for her doctoral dissertation in Social Justice Leadership for Educational Practice.