Danielle Elizabeth Stevens is a radically compassionate visionary with a gentle and sharply unapologetic tongue. Born and raised in southern California, she is a cultural producer, media maker, and multi-disciplinary artist spanning a range of modalities and mediums including writing, healing, social justice education, fashion and beauty, as well as sensory, imagination, and dreaming arts. Danielle connects social justice and activist education through audaciously imaginative and wildly creative pedagogical frameworks to demonstrate that life and social change are fundamentally artistic endeavors. She is a dynamic healing artivist who has curated and designed bold and inventive creative experiences at the The New Museum New York, NY, The Museum of Impact and Newark Arts in Newark, NJ, Redline Contemporary Arts Center in Denver, CO, and whose work is part of the permanent collection of the Newseum in Washington DC.
Danielle’s focus is on uplifting and honoring the everyday artistry and sacred divinity of Blackness. In her art, she negotiates the relationships between the dismantling of oppressive social structures and the reimagining of new worlds. She explores this through investigating and complicating perceived dichotomies like resistance/becoming, breath/stillness, liminality/periphery. As a mixed-media healing artivist, Danielle aims to demystify what it means for the average person to be an artist, to call into question what it truly means to expand the often contrived nature of artistry and creation, and to remind us that art is totality; it is memoir, truth, and becoming.
Danielle’s work has been featured on For Harriet, Elixher Magazine, Colorlines, The Nation, and a host of other platforms. She has shared her work and/or curated workshops in over 40 cities nationally and 5 countries internationally and in collaboration with over 100 community partnerships and organizations such as the LGBTQ Task Force, Georgetown University, the New Museum, The DC LGBT Center, and CoreAlign. She is the Founding Director of This Bridge Called Our Health, a digital publication, consulting practice, and community resource providing services & promoting dialogues around health, healing, and wellness through a social justice lens. You can find more about her work here, check out her Instagram slayage here, and indulge in her #BlackFemmeSupremacy Facebook musings here.
Annie Alexandrian is a compassionate, generous, and radiant spirit. She is a resilient multiracial woman of color who is invested in creating spaces within which women and femme folks can exhale and breathe in ways that are affirming to us and reflect on our intrinsic sacredness. Annie grew up in southern California and currently resides in Oakland. She is a womanist, writer, full-spectrum doula, and public health professional. Defined by the lives and deaths of women in her family, she seeks to honor the fullness of their beings and address the structural and social conditions that have shaped her family. She carries their spirits and words through moments of silence and laughter.
Annie cares deeply about honoring grief and engaging in ancestral and restorative healing practices. She is passionate about addressing the impact of toxic stress and trauma on intergenerational health and advocating for equitable access to quality sexual and reproductive health care and postpartum services in low-income communities of color. She loves writing poetry and fiction, going to concerts, watching horror movies, and biking. Annie is intentional with her words and the relationships she cultivates. She is the Managing Editor for This Bridge Called Our Health and seeks to decolonize and challenge the hegemonic ideas and frameworks within the field of public health. Living each day in remembrance of her roots. Working in search of justice and love.