ASAP and The Sanctuaries are partnering to offer a workshop that will empower veteran artists to connect their artmaking with the social causes that affect them so they can “make art with purpose.” Specifically, participants will: (i) learn about how the arts have been used for social change in the past; (ii) explore strategic ways for using the arts to make social impact; (iii) reflect on the social issues that shape their own lives; and (iv) practice making art to address those social issues. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a deeper historical and strategic understanding of how the arts can make a difference, as well as a greater sense of clarity and confidence in the difference they seek to make in their own communities. 




Aliana grace bailey | Multidisciplinary

Aliana is a native Washingtonian and visual artist who works in a variety of mediums: graphic design, textiles, painting, printmaking, photography, etc. She studied art at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and recently completed a residency in Accra, Ghana. She also worked with the Washington Peace Center to launch #KeepFightingDC, an arts-driven campaign celebrating area activists and organizers. 


Ben lasso | Hip Hop Artist

Ben is a native Washingtonian with a background in youth empowerment. He has extensive experience facilitating arts-based after-school programs for young boys of color with Life Pieces to Masterpieces. Additionally, Ben has released multiple albums, performed at major venues in the area,       and worked on arts activist campaigns in Barry Farms, Anacostia, to fight displacement and protect public housing.