Celebrated 2 Spirit Indigenous artist a.c.ramírez de arellaño utilizes public spaces to create a dialogue that educates, inspires, and builds bridges between communities. The artist seeks to draw attention to the capacity for individuals and communities to heal, grow, and thrive through our interconnectedness. Taking inspiration from ancestral stories, creating large pieces of art, working with leather, oil on canvass, and mask making, their work tells a story of overcoming barriers, and the impact of colonialism at the intersection of their disabled, Indigenous, and queer communities. Like many Indigenous peoples who push back against erasure and are writing themselves and their Tribal Nations back into history through their art, they utilize art as a form of story telling, to break down barriers and move forward. A recipient of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest 2017 Queer Heroes Award, they have also been interviewed frequently on OPB’s Think Out Loud and Portland’s Race Talks, as well as by PRIDE Northwest, and NPR’s The Takeaway. a.c.ramírez de arellaño has worked artistically with the City of Portland, Beaverton School District, Indian Education, Portland Public Schools, Applegate Native American Head Start, Multnomah Art Center, Multnomah County Library, Southern Oregon University, Portland State University Indigenous Nations Studies Program, Portland Community College, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Future Generations Collaborative, Friendly House of Portland, Crave Theatre, Profile Theater, as well as having appeared in a number of publications. Currently they are participating in a 2021 artist-in-residency program with Ten Tiny Talks, and their work has been added to Regional Arts & Culture Council’s collection of public art for the City of Portland, Oregon.