I am Ameya
"We live in an increasingly complex world at a challenging time. While few things can help deal with this complexity, art uniquely allows me to influence society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space, time, language, and culture."
Ameya Marie is an 18 -year-old artist and activist from Portland, OR who deconstructs social injustice and biased behavior through art. She is an artist in the #BlackLivesMatter movement and has worked extensively as a community organizer with Black Lives Matter Portland, connecting with families impacted by racialized violence and creating digital illustrations that neutralize the negativity of outdated mugshots and images of humans unjustly killed. Her protest art and work in youth advocacy and education has taken her to the White House as a 2018 US Presidential Scholar in Art, as well as to New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, and Chicago for awards, shows, and conferences. Her work has been awarded by organizations like Adobe Project 1324, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, GLSEN, and US Department of Education, and she was recently honored by the National YoungArts Foundation as a 2018 Finalist in Visual Art.
Ameya is currently on a service year at Tufts University and School of the Museum of Fine Arts (BA/BFA). She has taught middle school math with Americorps in New York City public schools, working to close the graduation gap in communities where less than 50% graduate high school and is now working with arts organizations in the city helping to curate initiatives around themes of Immigration. She plans to continue deepening her focus and training in art and activism through concentrations in Visual Art and Civic Studies.