2022 LES Young Artists of Color Fellowship

Maria Arreola

Maria I. Arreola is a Chicana playwright living in the Bronx, but originally from Blue Island, Illinois. She writes plays that make her laugh and she hopes will make others laugh as well. Maria is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Region 5 John Cauble Short Play Award, a former Ascending Playwright at Yonder Window Theatre Company, and a 2021 Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholar.

Ayling Zulema Dominguez

Ayling Zulema Dominguez (she/they) is a first-generation Chicana-Dominicana poet, mixed media artist, and youth arts educator. Her poetry and community art installations are based in radical love and aimed at affirming belonging as the first step toward liberation. She believes in poetry and art that not only celebrates joyful resistance, but also encourages community members to seek wholeness outside of systems of oppression. Select poems of hers have been published in No, Dear Magazine; Moko Magazine; La Galería Magazine; The Protest Review; Latino Rebels; Bronx Free Press; and Alegria Magazine’s Latinx Poetry Anthology.

Hailey DelValle

Hailey DelValle is a 20 year old Nuyorican multimedia artist, photographer, writer, curator, activist and organizer. Her work ranges from documentary filmmaking to painting to poetry, and includes various mediums. Born in the Lower East Side and raised in Puerto Rico, Hailey is interested in the intersection between art and the struggle of the colonized, and how advocacy can be achieved by learning from the wisdom of radical Caribbean art history.

Hailey has worked at the Brooklyn Museum, the Met, and is currently an education intern at El Museo del Barrio in Harlem. She is also education co-officer for the grassroots political organization New York Boricua Resistance.

Adina Farinango

Adina Farinango is a Kichwa Artist using art as an act of resistance, healing, and self-expression. Her illustrations are a way to navigate and strengthen her own identity as an urban Indigenous part of the Kichwa diaspora. Her work is heavily influenced by the resilience and strength of matriarchs in her community, past, present, and future.

Through this practice, she seeks to Indigenize digital spaces as a way to reclaim her narrative as an Indigenous woman. She is currently based in Lenapehoking Territory (New York City).

Tiane Goines


Tiane Goines (she/her/they/them) is an artist who is very multifaceted in general and in the creativity process that leads into many different routes that still connect back to art. Tiane is currently in the stage of creating digital artworks. This process as of right now requires photos that Tiane takes of things around her including herself and editing these photos to her liking in the piece.

So far their artwork centers around Black culture, Police and Tiane addressing Black Queer fat people being excluded from fashion aesthetics and inserting themselves in the artwork she creates that fit their favorite fashion aesthetics so others that look like her can see that representation that has been absent for a long time and still today. These things tie back into anti-blackness and fatphobia and Tiane loves addressing those issues that are deeply ingrained . 

Check their work at…. IG: @tina.melanin Twitter: @tinamelanin LinkedIn: Tiane Goines

Alfonso Gonzalez

Alfonso Gonzalez otherwise known as ‘Husk’ is an NYC Based independent comic artist and writer. He spends his time working at his comic anthology Somewhere There, but in between issues he tries to learn something new or improve his fundamentals.

Alfonso’s work is heavily influenced by personalities, quirks, and intimate stories he pesters from people he interacts with everyday. By analyzing these recollections he creates characters and stories that not only reflect himself, but the people who add color and reflection to his life with their unknowing contribution everyday.

Isa Hussain

Isa, or 3issa, is primarily a movement and pretend artist, but participates in multi- and interdisciplinary art forms as well. They believe in making solidarity and liberation-based performance art engaging the bodies of Brown/ed and queer people.

Their body, their communities, and Allah, who is love, ground and guide their creative practice. Therefore, they are invested in decolonial world-making that aims to realize the potentials of a world without oppressive infrastructure. They currently work with Fresh Lime Soda Productions, Co as an ensemble member and are creating their own work under a Seed Innovation grant.

Hannah Miao

Hannah Miao is an artist, writer and journalist based in New York. Her artistic practice focuses on visual and written biographies of people of color through portrait painting and creative nonfiction. Hannah is also a reporter for CNBC. She graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, where she studied public policy and theater studies.

Check out her website here!


Nahomi Rizzo

Nahomi Rizzo is a student at The City College of New York pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English with a creative writing concentration and a minor in cinema studies. Her work encompasses a variety of mediums, including narrative filmmaking, film & digital photography, and writing short memoirs & poems. Her work delves into themes such as her Ecuadorian identity, vulnerability, internet culture, and the human condition.

She is also an activist who has spoken out against gentrification and the displacement of low-income residents in her Lower East Side neighborhood. Nahomi is adamant about preserving the vibrant culture and history of the Latin American community, which has been present in the area for many years.

Mark Wilson

Mark is an abstract expressionist painter who also takes creative refuge in Afro-futurism masks and sculptures. The artist intertwines tribal influences from around the globe on a foundation of African diaspora. Inserting his own identity from American culture and influences of the 21st century. His work captures the stories of his family and culture. Persevering the traditions and honoring the dialogue in his craft.

Mark is on a mission to empower his community while elevating minority representation in fine art and Web3.