As a community arts practitioner, writer, and educator Piper Anderson has dedicated her life to using the arts and education to advocate for social justice. In 2001, realizing the destructive impact of prisons and policing on her community, a 21-year old Anderson became Blackout Arts Collective’s Lyrics on Lockdown National Tour Coordinator and directed the cultural campaign that reached more than twenty-five U.S communities creatively catalyzing a dialogue about the urgent need for criminal justice reform. Lyrics on Lockdown is now a course at NYU, taught by Anderson, where the mission has become to inspire the next generation of leaders to be advocates and practitioners for justice. Over the last fifteen years, Anderson has cultivated her “arts for social transformation” practice working in communities internationally. Her work integrates the arts, education, and a range of healing practices. Currently, she serves as Director of Education and Artist Development for Young Audiences New York, where she designs innovative arts education programs that enrich and enliven the learning experience for young people, preparing them to be engaged 21st century citizens. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The New School where she was a Riggio Writing Democracy Fellow and a Master’s in Applied Theatre from CUNY. To learn more visit www.piperanderson.com
Teaching and Research Interests
applied theatre; community-based performance; community cultural development; arts-in-education; youth development; prison arts projects; community-based strategies for prisoner re-entry; community healing through performance
B.A. Creative Writing, The New School of General Studies, 2007 M.A. Applied Theatre, CUNY School of Professional Studies, 2011
Professor Piper Anderson received a 2016 Honorary Fellowship for Utopian Practice from Culture Push. Anderson was named by the Humanities Action Lab as the Director of Engagement Strategies for "States of Incarceration: National Dialogue on Local Histories,” a national exhibit that will travel to 19 communities and reach 500,000 over the next three years. Anderson was selected for the inaugural class of TED residents and will be in residence in the spring of 2016 at the TED Offices in New York, New York, where she will work on a national public storytelling project on mass incarceration.