Daya Bonnie Astor is an artist and community arts activist. She has conducted workshops and curated shows for special populations including: people with chronic mental illness, disabilities, homeless adults and more.
Her skills as a community health nurse intersect her art activism and she develops and implements programs incorporating art as a healing force. She was a workshop leader at the most recent The Kennedy Center conference about intersections of special education and the value of museums for those with special needs.
Her work has been selected for several non profit organizations such as Project D’vora/Seattle: domestic violence prevention; Mills College/California: fundraising for rape victims in the Congo and for the women of Haiti; NCJW/Seattle for Vagina Monologue production artwork; and Women of Reform Judaism/NY headquarters publishing greeting cards to benefit educational programs.
Daya was born in mid century Brooklyn, New York and resides in suburban Seattle, Washington. She earned a Masters in Studio Art from NYU in 2010. She has been a member of Shift Collaborative Studio, American Alliance of Museums, Artist Trust, the society for children’s book writers & illustrators and EAFA.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website