About the Artist & Founder: Andrea Downs

Updated: Mar 24

Andrea Downs is a visual artist who has taught for 16 years. She creates work that is designed to foster collaboration, connections, and deeper dialogue across the diverse communities within which she lives and works. Relationships, connections, identity, and an openness to engage with one another are at the center of Andrea's work. She creates opportunities and shared experiences to foster connections that build strong communities.

In February 2018, Andrea began inviting people to participate in Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry. This ongoing community art movement responds to the silencing of women*, creating opportunities for all women to share experiences through visual storytelling. These stories express strength, hope, unity, and resistance of oppression, injustice, and exclusion. The initiative serves as a catalyst for women’s voices, a call to gather together to listen and to be heard, and an opportunity to foster love and understanding that resists hate and injustice.

Her most important work, in partnership with her husband, is raising her two children to stand for equality and justice.

Andrea lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.

*Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry holds space for all women across the intersections of race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity and gender expression.

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