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2024 Guest Speaker

Aida Ayers

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Alice Aida spent over two decades  living and working between the Americas and Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Art, and Masters in Art Education.  Her professional career has involved working in America, Europe, Mexico, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.  She has served as a resident artist in theatre, visual art, art therapy and as an adjunct professor in Kenya, Tanzania and the United States. A teaching artist since 1989, she has performed residencies in over 250 schools, colleges, community centers and libraries.  

As an experienced project director and arts educator with over 30 years of experience, Ayers has made significant contributions to classroom teaching, outreach programs, and community 


She has developed and implemented arts education programs, art therapy initiatives, and restorative practices for a wide array of audiences. 

Her roles as an arts administrator and director have involved collaborating with government agencies, organizing community events such as health fairs, art camps, mural projects, and cultural educational exchanges. 

For the last six years her work has been  with incarcerated men and women, and women in recovery/re-entry programs.  Art therapy and creative visualization are two methods used in order to help the participants tap into their creative and healing source. 

In the studio and lecture hall alike, Alice  pushes students to question what is presented to them, their relationships and responses to the information, and how these impressions relate to their world. She believes it is important that we explore education on a universal platform. Exploring how other cultures exist is an essential component to her teaching philosophy.


Her personal work in textile art brings to the forefront traditional practices from her childhood into the world of modern-day artistic interpretations. She uses ethnic, hand dyed and repurposed 

fabrics, found objects. She is drawn to the art of creating texture, through layering found objects and stitching. Ayers is also the author of the books, “It’s Me I’m Running From”, “Tomorrows 

Garden”, “Lead with Love

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