Alison K. Babusci is a Pittsburgh-born artist, teacher, professional storyteller, and arts education consultant. As a storyteller, she has performed for children and adults in museums, independent bookstores, schools, libraries, theaters, and festivals from Pittsburgh to New York City, often accompanied by her original puppets. Alison has collaborated and held residencies with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Frick Art & Historical Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, First Night Pittsburgh, Attack Theatre, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Gateway to the Arts and the Mattress Factory. Alison has over twenty five years of teaching experience in public, private and charter school settings. She currently teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Duquesne University School of Education and is an Artist-in-Residence for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Alison holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in the Arts from Bank Street College of Education and Parsons School of Design. She is certified to teach, Early Childhood, Art K-12 and yoga. Alison creates art in a variety of media, usually involving textiles.
Alison K. Babusci, Artist Statement
I am a threadholder both literally and figuratively. I sew, I tell stories. I cross disciplines from performance to visual art – but in every case – I tell a story. I weave strands of narrative, colorful textiles and emotional threads to create a world where a child-like curiosity is honored and imagination is free to create without boundaries.
Working within a feminist tradition, I hold on to the threads of stories between families, between women, and relate them to the threads we wear and craft. My work draws on ancient understandings of storytellers as cultural threadholders, connecting past, present, and future with creative narrative and shared traditions. I seek to recycle and revisit both objects and stories.
I believe in the power of story – from a human’s personal narrative to an object’s unique provenance. In my career, I have also explored the places and moments where these threads cross and tangle. Where storyteller and teacher become one. Where teacher and student become artists together. Where traditions within families and communities both lift women and girls up, and cast them down. I strive to touch the hearts of listeners and viewers and to discover our common threads.