Artist Talk with Shani Shi

Woodridge Library

Artist Talk with Shani Shi

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, 11 a.m.

Originally from New Jersey, Shani Shih is a Washington, D.C. based multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in illustration, painting and street art. She is dedicated to her practice as well as community art and arts empowerment.  Her projects include: Bern the System!, a large street art showcase in 2016 that uplifted messages of social change; DC 2 Standing Rock, a cross-country mural campaign in support of the indigenous-led “Water is Life” movement; and the subsequent founding of the 411 Collective, a political graffiti/street art collective. In 2018, in partnership with the Chinatown organization 1882 Foundation, Shih founded Chinatown Art Studio—a youth art space servicing Asian Pacific American youth through art programming.

Shih will discuss her work and artistic journey within the context of the exhibition, A Right to the City. To complement her presentation, the artist will moderate a brief discussion with a Chinatown community leader about the relationship between arts/culture and Chinatown community preservation and empowerment (past and present), how art and cultural resources in the neighborhood can be strengthened to meaningfully benefit the community, and how Chinatown Art Studio fits into this scenario.