A photo of Martha Graham dancing
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Yousuf Karsh, Martha Graham, 1948 © Yousuf Karsh, Gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh. National Portrait Gallery

Artist Talk with Shani Shih

Originally from New Jersey, Shani Shih is a Washington DC-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 talk about 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. 

NOTE: This program will take place at the Woodridge Library (Brookland), 1801 Hamlin Street NE, Washington, DC

This program is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and in partnership with DC Public Library.

Click here to read about the Chinatown Art Studio



Kids & Families, Lectures & Discussions


Anacostia Community Museum

Event Location

Woodridge Library (Brookland)

Related Exhibition

A Right To The City