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Li Sumpter

Li is an art educator, mythologist and cultural producer who engages in social and liberatory practice through community-centered projects and mission-driven work. As a curator and multidisciplinary artist, Li employs strategies of image activism and mythic design to challenge oppressive systems and cultivate community awareness of local and global issues. She has worked on art and social justice projects addressing representations of race, class, identity, environmental injustice and ecological crisis with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography, AFROPUNK, Rock the Vote, Philadelphia Museum of Art, African-American Museum of Philadelphia, Mural Arts, the Germantown Historical Society, Scribe Video Center and The Leeway Foundation. Li is a proud graduate of Spelman College and holds an MA in Arts and Humanities Education from New York University and a MA/Ph.D. in Mythology and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her academic research explores the intersections of visual anthropology, media ecology and afrofuturism with a focus on cinema and psyche and media and mythic literacy. In 2016, Li was awarded an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation for Graffiti in the Grass—an interactive graphic novel that promotes creative resistance and community readiness through an apocalyptic adventure set in a Philadelphia of the speculative future. Currently, Li is a professor of curatorial studies at Moore College of Art and Design, Project Manager of Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class, and Community in Historic Germantown, Institutional Support Manager of the BlackStar Film Festival and Creative Director of MythMedia Studios.