Layna Lewis

Founder, Director, Artist, Educator and Activist

I collaborate with youth, artists, activists through social practice strategies to create modern myth and archetypes, through narrative, performance and ritual deploying film, theater, mural and sculpture to activate community in the process of making meaningful connections as a means to heal ourselves from the oppression we face historically, structurally and systemically.

I develop and direct collaborative projects that provide access to arts to individuals and communities facing barriers imposed by oppressive systems.  I use as my model the person I desperately needed as a child and young adult. Becoming her is my core practice. I manifest the world I imagine through critical excavation of dominance and oppressive systems to decolonize external and internal systems using the process of creative expression to transform trauma, with the goal of  liberation.

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