Marissa

Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellow, 2020

IMPACT: SOCIAL

Creating sustainable human right change through the arts.

How have you impacted your community?

I am a committed human rights activist, artist, educator, and advocate for youth based in Brooklyn, New York.

I am the founder of Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) which helps young people amplify their voices and organize for human rights change in their communities through the arts. ARTE believes that if youth receive the artistic tools, human rights education, and the opportunity to express themselves, they can create powerful art projects in their community. In turn, they will use this art to create and inspire positive change around the issues that directly impact them, challenging and reshaping the narrative around youth of color and the human rights violations they experience.

My GATHER Fellowship focus will be on creating better, more sustainable mechanisms for social change via ARTE. This includes how to cultivate more donor relationships, developing the language for more effective grant writing, and developing more creative, diverse fundraising tactics for sustainability.

I hold an MPA from New York University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“As a GATHER Fellow, I am especially interested in learning with and from an international group of colleagues interested in conflict transformation and who are also dedicating their lives and careers to building more peaceful communities.”