Artist, Educator, Activist
layna collaborates with youth, artists, & activists through social practice strategies
to create modern myth and archetypes, through narrative, performance and ritual
deploying dance, theater, immersive tech, mural, film, and sculpture
Together we activate community in the process of making meaningful connections
as a means to heal ourselves from the oppression we face
historically, structurally and collectively.
layna develops and directs collaborative projects that provide access to arts to individuals and communities facing barriers imposed by oppressive systems.
Becoming the person they desperately needed as a child and young adult.
is their core practice. Together we manifest the world we imagine
through critical excavation of dominance and oppressive systems
to decolonize external and internal systems
using the process of creative expression to heal and release trauma,
with the goal of liberation.
Rashad Pridgen Kemba Shannon Kayla Banks Olaoye Onipede Nina Lewis
Lola Lewis Layna Lewis Oro Santiago Belinda Washington Amie Sowe