|Kesa Kivel is a
Los Angeles-based artist as well as an educator and activist engaged in social
justice issues, especially those concerning girls and women. Since 2003 she has
volunteered to teach feminist issues to middle school girls at the YWCA in
Santa Monica, California, offering a broad-based curriculum in an interactive
Kesa's Girl House Art Project (2006) was
inspired by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro's 1972 "Womanhouse" art
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middle-school girls were challenged to imagine what slavery might have felt like to one
African girl, and then to link slavery in the past with racism today.
currently working on a film about the project.
Creating art is as important to Kesa
as creating curricula. Using fabric, paint, and handmade paper, she makes mandala-inspired forms that provide her with insight and
direction for her spiritual journey. Some photos of her artwork can be found at www.scwca.org (click on Artists'
Prior to teaching a feminist arts curriculum, Kesa taught poetry to foster teens in a residential
facility, as well as to youth incarcerated in juvenile halls and at a probation
camp. For over a decade Kesa has worked with
Families to Amend California Three Strikes (FACTS), a non-profit organization
dedicated to changing the unjust Three Strikes law.
worked as a social worker in London, and lived for three years in Asia.
2011 "YWCA Focus Award" honoring exceptional women who inspire and empower women.
2002 "Friends of FACTS
Award" for activism with Families to Amend the Three Strikes law.
2000 "Operation Read Award" in recognition of
outstanding service in support of education and literacy for probation youth.
© 2008 - 2017 Kesa Kivel