About Elise Pepple
Elise Pepple comes from a gigantic Catholic family in Baltimore. She has one non-identical twin sister and two non-identical non-twin sisters.
Elise lives and works in Portland, Maine. She received her B.A. in philosophy and art history from McGill University. From 2002 to 2005, Elise ran afterschool programs for teen girls at her favorite community center on New York’s Lower East Side. In her spare time she made public art installations. She accidentally relocated to rural Alaska in 2006 where she helped facilitate StoryCorps’ Alaska Initiative. Elise produced Sitka Speakeasy, a radio show dedicated to place-based stories for KCAW, a community public radio station. In 2012 she relocated to Maine to attend The Salt Institute for Documentary Study. Elise received a Community Arts Development Grant from The Alaska State Council on the Arts to produce “The Other AK: an experiment in narrative tourism”. Elise produces live storytelling events in collaboration with communities and organizations in Alaska, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Her creative work stems from the social work principle that all people desire a sense of belonging and a sense of meaning. She believes in the experiment of using art as a strategy to foster both of these things. So far, she has collaborated with communities to organize spontaneous dance parties, a snow angel mob, and a city-wide scavenger hunt based on local knowledge and good will.
She will be working on Portland Brick, a project in building public memory with artist Ayumi Horie and The City of Portland, Maine.