Layers of the Hijab is a three year project of immersion into the world of teenage East African girls. Through this cultural exchange we pair conversations with art making. The girls create artwork and present it in a gallery context. There they read their poetry and hold an artist panel, an opportunity to share their voice with the larger community in a very powerful way. In culmination of the second year, I created wire portraits of the girls, which are part of an installation with sound. I received support from 4Culture and City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the YWCA to run the workshops. An NEA Challenge Grant supported the exhibition year 2 which included the engaging artist panel made up of girls from the class. Read the Seattle Times article here. Read the Rainier Valley Post article here.