Artis Love & Action uses art as a vehicle of education for social justice. It was founded in 2011 as a project-based initiative that would bring collaboration at the intersections of art, education, and activism. ARTIS was co-founded by two women of Latin heritage who grew up with arts programs that shaped their lives.
ARTIS works to make connections. Our work is rooted in uncovering the beauty in our humanity and dissecting the structures that limit us from realizing our full potential. At the heart of our work is a desire for people to understand the world through a lens that allows them to realize their power.
Namibia is an arts education specialist, and strategic thought partner for conscious creatives. With 11 years experience in workshop facilitation, community organizing and building capacity among leaders in the intersections of politics, art and education. She co-founded ARTIS Love + Action, which uses art as a vehicle of education for social justice through consultation and programming in universities, social service agencies and community based organizations. She’s provided consultation and leadership training throughout New York City and New Jersey including Association to Benefit Children, Rutgers University, Hostos Student Leadership Academy, New York University Metro Center for Equity and Transformation in Schools and Aspire High Mentoring Program and for over two hundred NYC public school teachers. Her philosophy is rooted in the power of love, and the belief that we have the tools we need to impact our world.
For the past 10 years Augustina has worked designing youth programs, workshops and curriculum with the purpose of providing a platform for young people to creatively engage and respond to the world around them through the arts. As an artivist and educator her work is process-based and aims to immerse people in a learning experience that cultivates curiosity, grounds in understanding and moves people to activate their creative power for social change. She has presented across the country working with educators to explore how they can strengthen their understanding of how to use the arts and social justice for change in their classrooms and communities- including presenting for the US DOE, Teaching with Purpose and Free Minds, Free People. She is Co-founder and Programs Architect of ARTIS Love + Action and currently works at Urban Arts Partnership as Program Manager and co-creator of ChangeMKRS, a social justice arts-based after school program, providing programming for over 2,000 young people in NYC.