July 2020 Blue Ribbon Recipient: Emily Totten

We’re excited to share that Emily Totten is our Blue Ribbon Recipient of the Month. The Blue Ribbon recognizes a staff member, volunteer or intern who has demonstrated great dedication and outstanding performance at Arts at the Armory.

Getting ready to launch ROOTED has been a team effort but Emily has been leading the charge related to getting our physical space ready for this next chapter. She has accompanied the team at every turn with great insight and expertise, and tremendous research on best products.

Emily Totten is a Rhode Island-based interior designer with a passion for unique projects that support the community. With her architectural background and experience in residential and commercial design, she uses a flexible approach to solve problems and create beautiful spaces. One of her favorite projects was a local recording studio that was designed to help new musicians get started. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling. Have a project idea but not sure where to start? Get in touch at etotten330@gmail.com.

What do you do at Arts at the Armory? I am working on the interior design for the new ROOTED space, which includes the renovated cafe, local grocery offerings, and outdoor seating.

How long have you been volunteering at Arts at the Armory? I’ve been volunteering for three months now.

Why do you volunteer at Arts at the Armory? I volunteer because I believe that supporting the arts is critical, and I want to help Arts at the Armory survive and thrive through difficult times. One of the best uses of design skills is in enabling businesses like this one to adapt to changing circumstances and continue to support their communities. 

What do you like best about Arts at the Armory? I love the sense of community! Throughout the project I’ve been able to see the Armory’s deep connections with Somerville and the local artists/creators. It’s really wonderful to see those relationships celebrated. From working with Union Press in creating the logo/branding to offering local food options, the Armory makes every effort to support its community.

What is something you would like our community to know about you? I’ve been a professional interior designer for 4 years. I’m always eager to start new projects, and I love helping people realize their vision.