A panel discussion featuring marginalized voices from creative industries.

A panel discussion featuring marginalized voices from creative industries.

SPEAK NOW. HEAR US., is founded by artist and activist AnnaLiisa Ariosa-Benston and works in collaboration with Superchief Gallery NY.

Each panel is free and open to the public, includes 3-5 individuals, and lasts about two hours. Panelists come from various creative industries including, but not limited to, fine art, performance art, curation, fashion, the nonprofit sector, academia, arts administration, writing, and tech. Questions will center around personal experiences in their respective fields and changes they are part of or hope to see in the future. The last 15 minutes of each panel discussion will be open to questions from the audience.

We are very excited to announce our first panel will be co-curated with WTTF (Women To The Front) on May 25, from 7:30 - 9 PM. for the second iteration of their event at Superchief Gallery.

This female infused show of talent acclaims women-identified artists through an evening of talent with performers like SandFlower,  Ladama and Terry Lovette, visual art by artists like Faith 47, Kristen Liu, ParkerDay, Penelope Gazin, Corinne Loperfido ...and many more.  Also short movie projections, among other disciplines and to broaden our commitment in championing a diversity of creative forms we also included women-owned businesses.



Aya Rodriguez-Izumi

Aya Rodriguez-Izumi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work deals with ideas of social standards, rituals and cultural identity. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows at venues such as MoCADA, the Knockdown Center, El Museo del Barrio, AC Institute, Marcus Garvey Park, and Rush Arts Gallery. She was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up between that island and East Harlem, NY, where she currently lives and holds a studio. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design with a BFA in 2009, The School of Visuals arts with an MFA in 2017 and is a current fellow at A.I.R. Gallery.

Marilyn Narota

Marilyn Narota combines art and psychology to create sculptures, participatory installations, and performance-based videos and events. She explores social norms surrounding femininity, multiculturalism, and immigration through the use of familiar materials and situations, often related to the domestic realm or the body, yet presented in unexpected ways. Narota was born in Colombia, immigrating to Jackson Heights in the early 90's, and currently resides in New York City. She completed a BA at Williams College, a Post Bacc at Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA at School of Visual Arts in 2016. Her work has been exhibited by Williams College, School of Visual Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Goucher College, Cloying Parlor, Smooth Muscle, Art Theory Project, Periphery Space, Project For Empty Space, The Hole, El Museo De Los Sures, and El Museo Del Barrio, among others. Narota was an artist-in-residence at the 2017 Grab Back: Feminist Incubator at Project for Empty Space in New Jersey. Her artwork is being published in the 2018 anthology of intersectional feminist poetry, Women of Eve's Garden, by A Gathering of The Tribes. She is also Founder and Director of collaborative creative initiatives such as the art and literary publication, Artilade Magazine, and the art and technology dyad, Kaur Studio.


The New York-born artist & activist has built quite a buzz as the co-founder of Millions March NYC, a march of 50,000 people and one of the “most prominent anti-police brutality marches the city had ever seen.” Named as one of Teen Vogue's 17 Rising Stars Who Personify Black Excellence During Black History Month, Synead has been honored by the NAACP as a history maker in her crucial role in community organization.

HOST: Performer Terry Lovette

MODERATOR: AnnaLiisa Ariosa-Benston