• Art

    Art Meets Food

    Hi APC! My name is Jane Li, and I am a Taiwanese American lettering artist/illustrator based in the Bay Area.  I work in both digital and mixed media, and my art typically reflects my culture, current passions, and recent events. Last year, I created a series inspired by my love for food and Netflix’s adaptation of Jenny Han’s book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! This series was very meaningful to me because it helped me appreciate food as a reflection of culture and a language of love. Check it out below!

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    Where Design Meets Engineering

    Hey APC! My name is Sarika Kumar and I’m a current sophomore at UC Davis! “Design” is an interesting word. Drop it in a highly technical conversation amongst engineers and immediately the idea of design means pure aesthetic rather than usability. When used in just a general conversation, there are several different meanings to the word —which connotation does the person intend? Aesthetic? Or functionality? Both? And so the main question becomes: how does one define design? In grade school, I was the kid that everyone knew to be “the artist”. However, what people didn’t see was that I spent an equal number of hours building lego sets as I…

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    Ego

    Hey APC! My name is Alyssa Salvador and I’m an avid photographer! My concept for these images pertains to the persona or appearance that everyone presents to others. The persona is self-construed and susceptible to change based on a situation and other people. The notion of self-obsession is a consequence of having your outward persona consume your consciousness and having it overshadow your ego. The idea of self-love results from one who finds their persona adequate, and deriving self-worth from within by addressing their flaws and getting to know their true self!

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    Golden Girl

    Hi APC! My name is Oumy Souané and I’m a college student based in NYC. Below are a few of my favorite writing pieces! Enjoy! My Father My father. The man that separated me from my body, and my body from me, and left me to glue all the broken pieces together. But don’t you worry, it got done.  My heart. For a very long time, has felt empty. Blood flowed through it, but it was tainted. It had strings and coils and feelings of hatred, love, anger, and of being insufficient laced with it, all from the man who was supposed to protect me and love me unconditionally. My Maman has always been there for…

  • Art,  Dear Brown Girl

    For the Ancestors

    Hi! My name is Hema Patel. I was born in Arizona but spent my childhood on two Reservations: the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota and the Sisseton Wahpeton Reservation of South and North Dakota. Now, I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota! (Note: The cover photo is taken by Adam Sings in the Timber) My submission is a collection of photos, words, and art pieces that symbolize my journey to embrace my heritage and identity. They also symbolize the ways in which I try to honor my ancestors, through Ojibwe beadwork and Classical Indian Dance, Bharatanatyam. I hope my ancestors are proud of my work to honor our cultures. Part…

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    Life on Film

    Hey! I’m Claire, a 19-year-old Design student from California. Art has always played a huge role in my life. Like many, I started taking studio classes at a young age and continued on. But over time, it grew to feel like a task. I felt less and less creative as I went to weekly art classes and fell into a routine of painting and sketching the same things. It wasn’t until I first experienced film developing and darkroom technique in 2015 that my work became personal and passionate. Film is so different from the other mediums I have used. It’s not just an SD card or an automatic click. It’s…

  • Art,  Music & Podcasts

    Lens and Keys

    Hey APC!! My name is Alexis Chang, and I am a 17-year-old musician, producer, and photographer. I am multiracial; my dad is ¾ Jamaican and ¼ Chinese, and my mom is full Korean. I was born in New York, and am currently based in New Haven, Connecticut. Along with music production, I am currently exploring photography and cinematography, with a focus on portraying aspects of movement through modeling, as well as acting. I create art because, to me, it is an emotional outlet, and I love the idea of being able to bring a vision or sound I have in my head into real life. I hope my art can…

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    Make a Statement

    Hi my name is Amaya Santiago. I am 17-years-old and I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I am African American and my family is from the British Virgin Islands as well as other Caribbean islands.  The piece I submitted started off as a fun edit that was simply done out of boredom. However, it soon turned into a commentary on how magazine publishers, as well as most companies in the beauty industry, rely on degrading female consumers in order to sell their own products. At first, I was making an innocent, light-hearted and fun edit of me on the cover of Haper’s Bazarr and it was going…

  • Art,  Dear Brown Girl

    Not Your Stereotype

    Hi! I am Raina Pahade and I am a senior in a high school from Princeton, New Jersey! I am Indian, specifically Gujarati, and Marathi but I was born and raised in America. The piece I submitted is an acrylic painting on several wood panels titled “A Response”. It is basically a response to American society and the traditional Indian culture. All statements depicted in this piece are real statements that have been said to me or I have heard! Some of the statements are responses to those claims. I chose to paint two Indian women; the one on the left side is supposed to represent what Indian and American…

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    Vibrant Colors

    Q xopa mi gente! My name is Saray Bedoya and I am an 18-year-old Afro-Latina from Omaha, Nebraska. This fall I will be a freshman at Stanford University with the desire to major in public policy (specifically in the immigration field) and minor in Portuguese. My goal is to help those who have been barred and deprived of the rights and opportunities this very country was founded on, as well as study race relations in Brazil and in the Dominican Republic. I am a daughter of Mexican and Panamanian immigrant parents. Hopefully, that brings light to everything I just said. So what do I bring to the table you may…

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    Who I Learned to Be

    What’s up, APC! My name is Chelsie Nacelus, a rising junior at Kent Place School, and I am thrilled to be a part of this amazingly inclusive family! I have been dancing since I was about nine years old, and despite how annoyed I was that one summer day to have to sign up for dance classes when my mom and I could have been devouring cold sundaes and comparing creamy mustaches, I am forever grateful to her and have loved doing it ever since. I’ll be the first to admit, however, that the road has not always been smooth. The late-night dance studio sessions where I learned to embrace…

  • Art,  Music & Podcasts

    Wordsmith

    Hi APC! My name is Linda Sol and I am a 20-year-old rapper/poet, from Chicago. From the inner city to Stanford University, I have found a safe haven in the world of poetry. I’ve competed in many spoken poetry competitions such as Louder than a Bomb, where I was a finalist and CUPSI, where I made it to the finals twice. My art has always been inspired by my Puerto Rican identity, my family’s resilience, and my understanding of self-love and self-preservation. Naturally, my love for poetry and music birthed who I am today: a lyricist. In my short time as an emcee, I’ve had the blessing to open for…