AtHAck!: Art As A Tool for Survivor Empowerment

Art and Social Justice: Art As A Tool for Survivor Empowerment
Apr 27, 2016 · 6:00 PM at The Growlery


Come join ATHack! at The Growlery as we present Co-Founder of ATHack! Inc., Alia Whitney-Johnson, as she speaks about: Art As A Tool for Survivor Empowerment and Healing.

We will also be showcasing the art of Cece Carpio whose focus is on empowerment, resistance, and resilience.

Musical guests: Ehb Teng, John Krause, and special guest Mazin Jamal of The Holistic Underground.
Alia is a social entrepreneur with 10+ years experience working with children who have endured trauma, sexual abuse, and exploitation. She is Founder of Emerge Global, an award-winning non-profit social enterprise in Sri Lanka that equips girls who have survived sexual abuse with the business acumen, financial capital, and life skills to lead healthy, self-sufficient lives. In addition to her work with Emerge, Alia has worked for the World Bank, McKinsey & Company, and LeanIn.Org, with projects spanning mobile money operations to project managing #LeanInTogether, a public awareness campaign focused on men and their important role in reaching gender equality. Alia holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She currently sits on the MIT Corporation, MIT’s Board of Trustees.

From the islands of the Philippines and now back in the Bay Area, Cece Carpio paints people and places working towards a more dignified existence. Using acrylic, ink, aerosol and installations, her work tells stories of immigration, ancestry, resistance and resilience. She documents evolving traditions by combining folkloric forms, bold portraits and natural elements with urban art techniques.


To create a free live-work environment for artists and intellectuals that will encourage creative production, discussion, and reciprocal influence among members of our diverse community.


growlery \grou-‘ler-ē\ noun; a place of refuge or retreat.

The Growlery is a beautiful Victorian-era house that provides artists a space to live, work, and exhibit in the heart of San Francisco.

Press: Huffington Post 4/27/2016