Beverly Naidus is a US-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and facilitator. She has been creating interactive installations, digital projects, artist books and narrative and conceptual drawings for over four decades. Inspired by lived experience, topics in her art focus on environmental and social issues, including how we are individually and collectively affected by racism, climate change and multiple forms of systemic oppression.
She developed an innovative studio arts curriculum in arts for social change and healing for UW Tacoma and has taught activist art in many places, including the Institute for Social Ecology. Her book, Arts for Change: Teaching Outside the Frame, discusses much of that work. She is also the author of numerous essays on socially engaged art and pedagogy and some recent pieces of speculative fiction.
After many years subverting within neoliberal academia, she is now an Emerita Professor, gratefully stretching her wings as an artist, community workshop facilitator (both in person and online) while co-directing the non-profit, SEEDS (Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School). Their new project, the Tacoma Story Hive, is about to open to the public as a place to share stories about how people have moved through this pandemic time and what their dreams are for the world we can co-create now. She is currently writing, “Rewilding Our Muses: Creative Strategies for Navigating the End of this World” and her new project, “The Dead Ocean Scrolls and Other Possible Futures” is now on exhibit at the Tacoma Community College Gallery.