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Ariana Faye Allensworth is a cultural producer, photographer, and educator working at the intersection of art, culture, and activism.

She currently manages the Teen Academy program at the International Center of Photography, creating dynamic spaces for high school students to cultivate their skills as leaders and visual storytellers. Prior to her role at ICP, Ariana supported the development and implementation of school and youth programs at Youth Speaks, Urban Arts Partnership, and New Design High School. As an independent curator and researcher, she has produced exhibitions and public programs in collaboration with Pro Arts Gallery, Incline Gallery, Open Engagement, and the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. In all of her work, Ariana remains committed to realizing a more equitable art world. Her research interests include social justice pedagogies, the history of photography, spatial politics, and Black cultural and aesthetic theory. An avid film photographer, she is currently developing a new body of work about Black displacement in San Francisco, CA, her hometown. 

She holds a Masters in Social Work from UC Berkeley and a BA in Urban Studies and African & African-American Studies from Fordham University.


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b. 1987 | San Francisco, CA

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION

  • UC Berkeley – Masters in Social Work, Management & Planning Concentration | 2014-2016
  • Fordham University – BA, Urban Studies and African & African-American Studies | 2005-2009

RESIDENCIES/AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS

  • The Laundromat Project, Create Change Artist-in-Residence (2019)
  • Independent Curators International, Curatorial Intensive, New Orleans (March 2019)
  • Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum Education Practicum (Fall 2018)
  • The Wing DUMBO, Scholarship Recipient (2018)
  • Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow (Fall 2017)
  • Pro Arts Gallery, 2×2 Curator in Residence (April-September 2017)
  • Southern Exposure, Alternative Exposure Grantee for Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (2016)
  • UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare: Dean’s Social Justice Award (Spring 2016), Ralph M. Kramer Award for Outstanding Management & Planning Student (Spring 2016), Dean’s Emerging Leader Award (Spring 2015)
  • UC Berkeley Division of Equity and Inclusion, Innovation Grantee for Cal Anti-Racism Collaborative (2015-2016)
  • National Association of Social Workers, Verne LaMarr Lyons Scholarship Recipient (2015-2016)
  • Emerging Arts Professionals of the Bay Area, Fellow (2015-2016)

LECTURES/PANELS/WORKSHOPS

  • “For Freedoms: Home & Abroad,” Town Hall Moderator, ICP Museum (October 2018)
  • Open House: The Image & Social Change,” Panel Moderator/Organizer, Open Engagement Conference (April 2018)
  • “Past Presence Artist Talk,” Moderator, Pro Arts Gallery (September 2017)
  • Pink Governmentality: Space, Gender, and the Politics of Pink in Mexico City,” Lecture, UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative (May 2016)
  • Narratives of Displacement: The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project,” Workshop PresenterAllied Media Conference (June 2016)

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

COMMUNITY ARTS

  • Teen Academy Manager, International Center of Photography, New York, NY (2017-Present)
  • Manager of Bay Area Programs, Youth Speaks, San Francisco, CA (2016-2017)
  • Program Manager, Urban Arts Partnership, New York, NY (2013-2014)
  • Program Coordinator, Urban Arts Partnership, New York, NY (2010-2013)
  • Media Educator, New Design High School/NYCODE, New York, NY (2009-2013)