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An embroidery piece done by Tanya for an exhibition honoring James Baldwin.
Tanya standing in front if Indigo, from her They Did Not Know We Were Seeds installation in Boston, MA

My work centers the bodily remembrance of joy. My art is less about what viewers take with them, and more about what they leave behind. Community is encouraged to leave their heaviness, tiredness, and more, to open space within themselves for joy.

Partnering With Community:

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston Cultural Council
School Facts Boston
Boston Public Library

Video Credit: Vernée Wilkinson​

Meet Tanya:

Tanya Nixon-Silberg (she/her) is a Black mother,  educator, artist, and radical dreamer - and it is the beautifully intricate intersection of these identities that cultivates the experience that is her art. 


The goal of her oeuvre is to make sure that Black and Brown children recognize that racism is systemic.  Such holistic education requires empowering educators to confront systemic racism in the classroom, reminding them that engaging in this work collectively helps us to heal as a community. 


Heralded as a "translator", Tanya's unique ability to bring concepts of racial justice to young children stretches her impact across generations. For more than 10 years, she has encouraged youth to both imagine and claim their place in a global community. She reminds them that they have agency and can take action for change.


The joy of art comes through both the creation and the expression, and Tanya's commitment to liberation shines through her command of both.

“We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.”- Gwendolyn Brooks

Create With Tanya

Photo Credit: Faith Ninivaggi, Tess Scheflan, Cristela Guerra, Sarah Nolen, Boston Public Library, Vernée Wilkinson

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