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ALIANA GRACE BAILEY ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒท  artist. designer. social good doer. ncat alumna โ€ข dc native bsw + ba in visual art & design

http://alianagracebailey.com/

really honored to be among such an inspiring group! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป black renaissanceโ€”a month long portrait series features 28 local black creatives + entrepreneurs to show how wonderfully diverse,ย ingenuitive, and beautiful we are โœจ grateful to @distinctlycreative for including me ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโœจ
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coffee table book/e-book with feature articles + additional photos of everyone within the series coming soon.
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Q: What tip would you give to aspiring black creatives?
A: "Surround yourself with black creativesโ€”younger, older, and of all disciplines. Itโ€™s a process thatโ€™s easier for some than others, but itโ€™s worth it and we need each other. Find people who you believe in, who respect their craft as much as you do or more, people you can learn, vibe, and build withโ€”all while being open to fellow black creatives who are trying to do the same."
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#blackhistorymonth #distinctlycreative #blackrenaissance #blackcreatives #blackartists #blackgirlmagic #blackcreativesmatter #acreativedc #igdc #abstractartist #dcnative #dcartists

because starting is honestly always the hardest part for me ๐ŸŒธ i finally christened my new sketchbook journal last night after carrying it around for days + days. i havenโ€™t done any just-for-me work in a long time. so hereโ€™s to breakthroughs & entering a new season of creative energy ๐ŸŒธ returning to my old ways of daily somethings, just because ๐ŸŒธ reconnecting. collecting. and releasing. back to being inseparable and filling it with all the things i need ๐ŸŒป
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#sketchbook #color #texture #mixedmedia #collage #art #abstractart #acreativedc #blackartist #journal #expression #balance #collageart #arttherapy #handwriting #artjournaling #alianagrace #alianagracebailey

had an extremely fulfilling time live screenprinting (on behalf of @sanctuariesdc) with great people this past friday at DC Rises: Year of Resistance โœŠ๐Ÿฝโค๏ธโœจ randomly seeing homies pop up in the same space was beautiful too ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒบโœจ @411collective x @artsxaction x @uptownartsdc โœจ
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#artactivism #artforsocialchange #artforsocialjustice #dcrises #dcnative #socialactivism #resistence #j20 #dcdoesntbackdown #artist #dcartist #blackartist #multiculturalorganizing #sacredartsactivism #acreativedc

LIMITED EDITION ARCHIVAL PRINTS of my โ€œFIGHTโ€ piece ๐Ÿ’ซ prints of this piece specifically have been in high demand. iโ€™ve been harassed for months ๐Ÿ˜‚ so here they finally are ๐Ÿค— iโ€™m thankful this piece was able to touch so many people throughout this year. whether in an exhibit or while i was carrying it walking down streets in dc. it was therapy for me & iโ€™m glad it empowered you too ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• some will be available at @dcartsstudios Open Studios this sunday ๐ŸŒท 12pm-5pm. theyโ€™ll be public on my website next week. these are limited edition so once theyโ€™re gone, no more will be printed ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป come to meet dope artists. say hi. see where i create. help me gauge what products you want from me. and give me a birthday hug ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— #blackartist #iloveyou #art #blackart #arttherapy #empowerment #acreativedc #womeninthearts

๐Ÿ“ธ: @greeneuphorias Q: Do you have any advice for a black individual who is struggling to love their hair?
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A: Thereโ€™s a lot of approaches to this. But for me, Iโ€™d say learning to love your hair in its natural state is a direct path to an even greater self-love. Especially for us. And self-love is a never-ending journey. So understand this is a process. Some days are going to be better than others, but you gotta flow through it. You may compare your natural hair to others. You may say โ€œthis is too much to deal with.โ€ But this self-love journey is about practicing patience. And we have a lot of things that weโ€™ve been taught that we need to get out of our system.
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Every day, close your eyes and take just one moment to internalize the fact that youโ€™re not here to satisfy anyone. Youโ€™re not here to accommodate the world around you. And when you realize that, when you remind yourself of that, you realize thereโ€™s a whole lot that doesnโ€™t actually matter. You have to ask yourself, who am I doing this for? This self-doubt that Iโ€™m feeling right now, who is it serving? If you block out all the external bullshit that impacts how we view ourselves and what appearance we aim to achieve, what do you have left? Our natural, whole selves just the way we were meant to be. And thatโ€™s powerful.
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#blackhairproject #portrait #veryblack #blackartist #blackgirlmagic #blackcreatives #naturalhair

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆT W E N T Y - S I X ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰ iโ€™m so excited for this year and everything iโ€™m welcoming into it โœจ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป #happyburfdaytome #blackhairproject
๐Ÿ“ท: @greeneuphorias โœจ #veryblack #blackgirlmagic #naturalhair #blackartists #womeninthearts #portrait

a highlight of 2017 that i'm super proud of โœจ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ 2017 has been the year of my biggest art + design projects executed independently. specifically those that are directly in line with my beliefs and purpose โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโœจ
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last weekend, Ashoka & the D.C. Change Leaders Collaborative hosted an amazing gathering that brought together the builders and the shapers of our education system to collaborate and align under a common vision for D.C.
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incredibly grateful to be doing this work. and with such wonderful people โœจ
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photo credit: Maribel Rodriguez, photographer at Ashoka Start Empathy #education #acreativedc #socialgood #artist #designer #blackartist #blackdesiger #ashoka #startempathy #dcdesign #changemaker #dcchangermakeredsummit

after a very productive night, i sat back and dug through these videos at 3am. GHANA, i love you and i miss you ๐ŸŒทthank you for being an everlasting source of strength. inspiration. and self-knowledge. channeling this moment and this joy today. and everyday ๐ŸŒป #artresidency #blackartist #artiststravel #culture #africanculture #blackculture #ghana #africa #dance #rhythm #crossculturalcollaborative #residency #selfknowledge #joy #strength #love

time is the most valuable thing we have. give it to the things & people you love ๐ŸŒท this was after a five hour long workshop of ideation and dopeness with my @sanctuariesdc fam this past weekend ๐ŸŒธ
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all three of us right here sum up my emotions for this week ๐Ÿ˜ญ i am very tired. honestly, quite sleep deprived. pretty overwhelmed. but i'm also fired up to get through it. i will be present. i will smile. move. laugh. and energize my spirit along the way ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒป and i'm thankful for this community of likeminded folks who organically serve as fuel even on my worst days. that's a gem โœจ
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#sacredartsactivism #spirituality #socialchange #activism #artists #creatives #sacred #happybusy #passion #love #healing #community #sanctuariesdc

hardly home, but always reppin' ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› #GHOE17 โšก๏ธ #VISART โšก๏ธ #ishouldvetookmorepictures
alumni exhibit up through the month. second floor โœจ i didn't cough once during my lil speech ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝโœจ #HBCUPRIDE #AggieArtists #AggiePride #NCAT ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™ *insert photo of gibbs hall too* lol

m y s p i r i t. s i s t e r ๐ŸŒทโœจ๐Ÿƒ literally everyone we crossed paths with thought we've known each other since well before coming to ghana. but i met her on day 1 and it instantly felt meant to be. just as someone we met said to us and i felt this in my soul, "the ancestors are at work" โœจ

from randomly breaking out dancing with me. girl chats. art chats. hyping each other up daily. sharing many, many laughs. side eyes. and even some tears. i'm incredibly thankful for this very natural connection. thanks for literally having my back. and i'm incredibly thankful for your presence ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•HAPPY BIRTHDAY @brownphotog ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

@acreativedc X @duendedistrict โœจ we got art. we got amazing books for & by POC โœจ @loryiveyart & myself have been resident artists. stop by. say hi. + buy some books today (saturday) 4-6pm. the bookstore will be on it's way to hyattsville next week! i'm in love with these photos from the opening reception ๐ŸŒท ๐Ÿ“ท: @slodak โœจ && many thanks to the folks who have been posting. inquiring. and sharing. you're appreciated ๐ŸŒธ
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#blackartists #acreativedc #duendedistrict #POC #pocauthors #pocartists #dcartists #abstract #color #abstractart #alianagracebailey #blacklit #community #popup #popupbookstore #brooklandartswalk #dcevents #dcnative #alianagracebailey #typography #mixedmedia #fabricart #iloveyou #ivalueyou #iwillfightforyou #blackdesigner #blackchildrenbooks

#artisttalkthings my mom taught me to make decisions for myself. to always remain true to who i am. to find my passion. whatever it may be. make it my life's work. do so fiercely. and serve others along the way.
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my aunt showed me what undeniable support looks like. how to show up for the people you love. the importance of being a dependable factor in people's lives.
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my grandmother taught me patience. the beauty in vulnerability. the way in which it breaks down walls. builds trust. and opens up your heart to love one another deeper and more passionately.
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my sister showed me what empowerment and strength look like. what chasing after your dreams look like. what hustle looks like. what doing what you want without allowing people to get in your way looks like.
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i could go on forever. the friends i literally grew into womanhood with. my best friends who hold me down. my ancestors' strength and resilience. i'm grateful for all the beautiful black women in my life. you are appreciated ๐Ÿ’žโœจ I AM BUILT OF BLACK GODDESSES โœจ๐Ÿ’ž #veryblack #gratitude #blackartist #typography #blackart #love #vulnerability #patience #passion #beauty #empowerment #trust #friendship #blankhood #art #ncarts #supportblackart #africanamericanart #blackgoddesses #blackwomeninthearts #goddess #blacklove

a @duendedistrict X @acreativedc collab ๐ŸŒทโœจ Duende District is a bookstore for and by people of color, where all are welcome โœจ tomorrow marks the opening of the @duendedistrict bookstore pop-up in brookland.
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@loryiveyart and i will grace the walls with our work as duende's first resident artists. friday is the opening reception. 6-8 pm. (i won't be there. but you should be. lol) lory and i will talk art on saturday, september 16th. 4-6 pm.
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as lory said, you should come to the popup if: โœ… you are in Brookland for any reason โœ… you love B O O K S โœ… you support women of color owned businesses โœ… you believe in the power of representation in books and the arts โœ… you need a dose of Black Girl Magic โœ… you love C O L O R โŒ if you don't like reading, being read to, bright colors, or beautiful spaces, you may want to skip this one!

i'm an introvert with a S T R O N G resting face. but if you know me know me. this be me. the end of last year, i learned that happiness is one of the greatest gifts i have to share with people. which is a blessing because people simply being happy has been my desire my entire life. and it has shaped my path. *this is a reminder to myself to tap into that gift more* โœจ i think this picture captures my feels. throw in a garden of flowers. random energetic dancing. and fairy dust โœจ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒทโœจ #mood #gifts #happiness #blackjoy

the art of making glass beads has a long history in ghana. we were given the history, told the stories, then taken through their intricate process of producing these beautiful beads ๐ŸŒธ the owner of this factory (not pictured) is one of the best known beadmakers. locally and internationally :::: #ghana #africa #artresidency #nungua #accra #glassbeads #beadmaking #inspiration #process #blackartists #artist #culture #history #jewelry #blackgirlstravel #cedibeads #blackgirlstraveltoo #creative #odumasekrobo #africanamericaninafrica #ancestors #spirituality #growth #love #africanhistory #blackhistory #knowledge #crossculturalcollaborative

this color and rhythm ::::: i'm still processing all of the emotions i felt during this residency. all of the inspiration i collected and was surrounded by daily. all the knowledge acquired. and the beautiful people + connections i was blessed with ๐ŸŒธ i've only been home for a few days, but i miss this place and it's energy :::: #ghana #africa #artresidency #jamestown #accra #rhythm #color #inspiration #movement #africanmural #blackartists #blackgirlstravel #blackgirlstraveltoo #africanamericaninafrica #ancestors #spirituality #growth #love #africanhistory #blackhistory #knowledge #crossculturalcollaborative #abahouse

MOOD ๐ŸŒธ so ten days ago i started my first international solo journey. and for an artist residency in africa at that ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโœจ the last couple months before this haven't been perfect by any means, but every moment leading up to this was well worth it ๐ŸŒท
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literally one year ago this month, i traveled overseas for the first time with a group of friends. i was happy to have finally put a dent in one of my biggest goals. just this year i finally got a passport. lol.
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i didn't even realize it until after some self-reflection and looking back. but one year later, i'm actually doing exactly what i expressed i wanted.
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"travel the world. immerse myself in the culture. in the community. the people. the history. study the art. the design. the food. the rhythm. create art. leave it behind. develop an awareness of problems facing the community. be a part of solutions. bring home inspiration and fulfillment from each place. and leave behind just as much as i takeโŒ‡โŒ‡" โ€”august 17, 2016
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i'm thankful for this ๐ŸŒธ envision the life you want. take risks. & make that shit pop! genuine intentions make a way โœจ i have a lot of posts to catch up on, but what else is new? ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ lol.
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first photo taken by the lovely @createdbrown โœจ
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#alianagracebailey #blackartists #artistresidency #ghana #blackgirlstraveltoo #art #culture #africa #blessings #crossculturalcollaborative #abahouse

#repost from @colorstorymagazine โœจ these beautiful vibes that always flow through everything that is @femmefataledc โœจ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒบ i have an installation + art up in their pop up store through the weekend. glimpses of the very beginning of my Meant To Be Loved project featured seen here ๐Ÿ’ซ and there's more to come. much love to the folks who shared that my art resonated with them in this space ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•
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#Repost @colorstorymagazine โœจ "Thank you @chystudios for creating this warm and inviting video from the #BrujaBrunchParty just for us. ๐ŸŒปโœจ This event at @femmefataledc was SO healing and uplifting. Color Story's mission is to bring everyone together who adds color and love to the world. ๐ŸŒˆโญ๏ธ๐Ÿ’• It's just the beginning, and with all these good vibes circulating, I'd say we're off to a GREAT start. ๐Ÿ˜ In the August issue, you'll get to read all about this amazing venue and the founder, @missradbod โค๏ธ Stay tuned, loves. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒป (Tag your sisters when you spot them in the video!) ๐Ÿ’•"

THIS SUNDAY ๐ŸŒบ link in @janellbadass bio โœจ

join the "High Class" at 3pm! they're having their first edible pop up featuring infused popcorn, hot sauce, lemonade & much more! #liveDJ #freefood #raffle #drinks #BYOB โœจ

had a bomb time last night at arts for change ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒป showcasing art. talking about what i've been up to & what's ahead. being inspired by meaningful dialogue around this work & networking with amazing fellow social change agents โœจ & look. i suck at posting what i'm doing on here regularly. but i recently sent out my second newsletter in the past 3 years & i keep my website decently updated ๐Ÿ˜‚ link in bio ๐ŸŒธ #blackartist #blackdesigner #socialgood #blackart #artsactivism #socialchange #alianagracebailey #creatives #mixedmediaart #graphicdesign #dcartist #acreativedc

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