(AIR) Program 2020


Ngoc-Tran Vu, a Vietnamese American multimedia and transnational artist whose practice draws from her experience as a community organizer and healer. She was born in Vietnam and grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, where she’s currently based. Tran is involved with the resident-led group Dorchester Not For Sale, where she actively fights for development without displacement in her community. For more information, visit Tran’s website. 

L’Merchie Fraser, a public fiber artist, innovator, poet, and holographer, who is director of education and interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket. She has been engaged in highlighting and curating the museum’s collection/exhibits, in providing place-based education and interdisciplinary history programs, projects and lectures, most recently promoting STEM/STEAM education pedagogy, and in managing the successful Faculty/Teachers’ Institutes and its extension, The Cross-Cultural Classroom, a benefit marketed to independent education entities, municipalities, and corporations. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pine Manor College and Bunker Hill Community Colleges. She has served the artistic community for over 20 years as an award-winning national and international visual and performance artist and poet, with residencies in Brazil, Taiwan, Africa, France, and Cuba. As a lecturer and workshop presenter. Her audiences include youth and adults. She is a former board member of City Life/Vida Urbana, is on the advisory board of Paige Academy, and is an Art Commons Boston AppLab board member. She currently serves as Violence Transformed’s director of creative engagement.

Hakim Raquib has owned and operated Hakim Photography Studio for the past 38 years in Boston. His featured images have been highlighted and shown in exhibitions, billboards, catalogs, advertisements, and other publications for four decades. Notable clients include Polaroid Corporation, Xerox, The Boston Globe’s Globe Magazine, The Travel Magazine, The Bay State Banner, Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Urban Arts Institute of Massachusetts College of Arts, WGBH Boston, Oxfam America, Partners HealthCare, Northeastern University, and Boston University. In addition to his photographic work, Raquib has served as an educational consultant for Urban Arts Inc., Wentworth Institute of Technology, and New Mission High School. In collaboration with these organizations, Raquib developed workshops that instructed inner-city high school students in the media arts.