How did you arrive at the Brookline Arts Center? What sparks your interest in our organization?

Jenny: I met Jessica O’Hearn through a Community Connections meeting, where leaders of our community’s various organizations meet to discuss how we can address the needs of those in our community.

Zong: I assist in the Brookline Community playgroups with Jenny Chu, and we were very excited to be invited into the Brookline Arts Center space to hold our weekly playgroups. BAC is a beautiful space that sparks creativity and imagination, and I would love to enroll my kids in one of the classes soon!

Tell us about your background. How did you become interested in art/community engagement?

Jenny: I am a speech-language pathologist with over two decades of experience working with young children and their families. A few years ago, my career path shifted from solely clinical work to becoming Brookline’s Community Outreach Coordinator, where I maintain my work with young children and families in other capacities. In addition to providing information about our community’s resources (schooling, food needs, etc.), I mainly provide quality programming for young children ages 0-4 as well as parent trainings.

Zong: I have been a registered dietitian for over 10 years, and a proud mom of 2 boys for the last 7 years. When opportunity came to give back to the community, I did not hesitate to accept and assist with the playgroups that are so important for not only the young children in our community, but also their caregivers.

What passions do you bring to the BAC community?

Jenny: I am passionate about providing services that are equitable and accessible to everyone in our community. I love our town and am excited about collaborating with all of our members of our Community Connections team to meet the needs of everyone who lives here.

Zong: I am passionate about connecting with people, children and caregivers alike, and provide a safe space for the youngest of our community to build important skills.

In your role as Brookline’s Community Outreach Coordinator, what has brought you the most joy? 

Jenny: Working with young children and their families brings me so much joy! I love connecting with parents and caregivers who may have concerns or questions about his/her child’s development and counseling them on strategies to develop skills. Then, it is so gratifying to watch a child make progress and meet goals.

Zong: Seeing the children’s happy smiles!!

What was your favorite childhood art project?

Jenny: I remember drawing cartoons in pencil with my 4th grade art teacher. I don’t think I was very good, but I remember having so much fun drawing Mickey Mouse and Snoopy with her. She always made art class so fun.

Zong: I was never really good at art, but I did enjoy pottery and jewelry making growing up.

What artists or kinds of art are you into right now? 

Jenny: I spend a lot of time at the Met in NYC. My favorite section is Asian Art. I love walking through the various works of art, as it makes me feel a historical connection to my culture.

Zong: A good friend of mine is a full time artist, Chris Chou, and she specializes in abstract oil painting and mixed medium. I love how different pieces of her work move people in different ways. The same painting can elicit different emotions in different people, and I love that.

What are three things that you would want the BAC community to know about you?

Jenny:

  • I’m a runner and lead a group of local Brookline moms who run. Our team is called #momsrunbrookline! You can see us running around town in hot pink shirts.
  • I love to travel and have been to over twenty countries with my husband and kids. Sadly, COVID-19 has put our travel plans on hold for now.
  • I was born and raised in New York City, and while I absolutely love our town – I feel like I’m still a New Yorker at heart!

Zong:

  • I was born in Taiwan and raised in Brazil before moving to US, so I can speak many languages
  • Camping has become our family’s passion during the summer time since covid hit
  • I love to travel, and love to eat and try new foods. This is why I became a dietitian!
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