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Virgin Islands Covid-19 Pandemic 2020 Student Art Exhibition: L❤ve & Change in the Time of Corona

Updated: Jan 10, 2021

In response to the precautionary public health measures outlined during the State of Emergency address, the Youth Art Month (YAM) Exhibition Goes Viral.

Virgin Islands Daily News 08-21-2020

Maria Aurora Stiles, VI Student Gallery Online Curator and Administrator

Maria Aurora Stiles, affectionately known as “Sister Irieah. Ms. Stiles has a vast experience in the arts community. Currently she is a self employed jewelry designer, program coordinator, arts educator, creative self-therapist facilitator, and curator/advocate for youth art in the Virgin Islands She is diligently developing her jewelry business, Natural Ay Ay Jewelry Irations and making herself available for a variety of art in education workshops. She is the Founder of From the Inside Out, a expressive arts program that utilizes the arts and ritual as a form of self therapy and personal transformation and is also the Co-Founder of Roots Alive Program, a Cultural Arts Program designed to pass on the indigenous creativity and appreciation for nature of our ancestors. She has taught Art Education for the VI Department of Education which has afforded her to gain experience in curriculum development, fundraising, lesson planning, classroom management, among other things. She has also worked as an Art Therapist for the Virgin Islands Behavioral Services (VIBS) and an Education Assistant for St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA).

Ms. Stiles also has vast experience as a program coordinator and grant writer. As a result, she has developed, coordinated and conducted various cultural arts education workshops, tours, seminars and classes to a variety of audiences, youths and adults. She is able to conduct workshops with activities that include basket weaving, calabash art, scultping, jewelry making, printing and more.

For the past 30 years, Ms. Stiles has been an active member of the Virgin Islands community by focusing on the importance of emotional wellness through the creative arts and by maintaining our ancestral legacy by developing programs that teach about traditional arts with the primary intention of people learning and passing it on.

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