Art and Resistance through Education
Alicia Abbaspour (she/her) is an Iranian-American writer, cultural worker, & community organizer. She believes in the power of radical dreaming and creative imagining towards new abolitionist futures and is committed to helping strengthen networks of care through restorative means.
Alongside her work at ARTE, Alicia is part of the Heart & S.O.U.L. team at S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective, where she supports arts-based, anti-violence programming for BIPOC girls and TGNC youth. She also organizes and facilitates community gatherings and reading groups in collaboration with Library of Study. In the summer of 2020, she held a five-week study series called “New World Coming,” where participants read and discussed critical theory and created art in response.
In 2019, she completed a Fulbright grant in Malaysia where she implemented expressive arts and youth development workshops for secondary school students. Alicia holds a B.A. from Trinity College in English Literature and International Studies. She is in her final year of her Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University.
One of her favorite art pieces is Children of Revolution by Sohelia Soukhanvari.