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Vanesa Simon

I am a visual artist, specializing in pattern drawing in ink.

I am the founder and owner of Mariposa Arts based out of Delaware, USA, whose objective is to make creativity accessible to all communities as a healing tool.

Being a cancer survivor, I found refuge in writing, drawing and photography, and I became painfully aware at the lack of resources offered post cancer treatment.

This began a passion project and in 2017 I piloted a program called Healing Through the Arts, to offer creativity for healing to cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers.

One of my goals was to offer it at no cost to participants, because during a time when the sole focus should be on getting well, cost should not be an impediment and this type of healing should be accessible to all of us.

I presently continue to grow and coordinate this program through a partnership with the Delaware Art Museum, local organizations and with the help of a generous grant.

I’m proud to be involved in my local artist community as a member of the Delaware Shakespeare Board of Directors and through cofacilitating an Artist’s Way Creative Cluster with Lumina Arts Incubator.

In addition, I am enrolled in the Creative Catalyst Certificate program through the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The key focus of this program is to equip artists as Leaders, Innovators and Entrepreneurs.

I am from Argentina and am so pleased that the virtual nature of our world in 2020 afforded me the opportunity to work with Carla Rey and the artist collective Instantes Graficos.

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Through artist’s books I explore themes of social justice, issues relating to immigrants and my healing journey.

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