I met Nina/Leah over five years ago when she worked for Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center's Excelsior Youth Center. She was a case manager and always sought ways to bring creativity and media into the case management process. She believed then (as she still does today) that power, love, and voice can reshape narratives creating new destinies for peoples historically on the margins.
I knew I wanted to work with Nina/Leah specifically on curation after a chat we had about a photography show she curated titled "For the Love of Money". As we spoke about the photographer's/artist's relationship with money as the frame for the exhibition, Nina/Leah shared a perspective of which I hadn't ever heard before (not to say it hasn't been said before, I just hadn't heard it phrased this way): Curation is cultivation.