Mapping Allensworth

Mapping Allensworth is an emerging body of work that uses creative technology and public art to bring the history of Allensworth, CA to broader audiences. 

Allensworth, CA is small town in the southern reaches of California's Central Valley that was once home to a thriving free Black agricultural community. The town was founded in 1908 by Ariana's Uncle, Colonel Allen Allensworth, as a symbol of Black self-determination and prosperity in the West. 

Staying Power

Staying Power is a print and online publishing platform dedicated to amplifying a people's history of public housing. The project uses visual and archival strategies to expand and transform narratives about public housing, bridging the distance between stories that are widely told about public housing and the lived experiences of residents. 

In February 2022, Staying Power celebrated the launch of it's first zine publication which coalesces resident interviews and research conducted between 2019-2021. Zine content can also be explored online at stayingpower.zone.

Volume I of Staying Power was possible with support from The Laundromat Project's 2019 and 2020 Create Change Artist-in-Residence program, FABnyc, and the 2021 Pioneer Works Technology Residency.

Selected Press/Writing

ZEKE Magazine, Fall 2021 Issue

The Laundromat Project, Staying Power: Reframing the Narrative of Public Housing, Summer 2021

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a research and storytelling collective that reclaims technology as a means to embolden housing justice movements. 

As long-time collective member, Ariana helped launch the New York City Chapter of the project in 2017 as well as co-produced Black Exodus, a multi-platform publication and public workshop series that explores the past, present, and possible futures of Black San Francisco. 

Selected Press/Writing

Radical History Review

The Activist Files

GIA Reader

Build your World: Tech Tools for Community Action

Developed and facilitated curriculum for Eyebeam's 2021 Digital Design Day Camp, an intensive, multi-week, youth arts and technology program for NYC high school students. 

The course, Visual Activism: Using Data to Shape Change, invited students to explore the work of artists and technologists who creatively use data to surface hidden histories and build community power. Participants explored different approaches to data collection and visualization and created their own graphs and diagrams using ready-at-hand data.

Check out the Visual Activism syllabus and facilitator deck.


Voces de Fillmore

This documentary traces the memories and experiences of families living on one block in South Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood that is affectionately known by long time residents as Southside or Los Sures. In the past decade, Southside’s Latinx and working class population has steadily decreased from seventy to forty-five percent, in part due to gentrification in New York City. In this film, Puerto Rican families who have lived and raised children in Los Sures for several decades talk about their quest to preserve a sense of community in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.

Directors: Ariana Allensworth, Teresa Basilio, Regina Eaton
Producer: Third World Newsreel Workshop

2015, 19 minutes

Past Presence

An exhibition that brought together new and recent work by Bay Area-based artists Indira Allegra and Christopher R. Martin. Both artists use textile to materially and conceptually examine themes of Black grief and trauma memory. 

Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland

September 8-29, 2017

This exhibition was produced as part of Pro Arts Gallery's 2x2 Curator-in-Residence program.

Selected Press/Writing

ProArts Podcast

Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano is an experimental publication and research project that explores the visual and symbolic multiplicities of the color pink in Mexico City. 

This project was supported in part by participation in UC Berkeley's Andrew Mellon Global Urban Humanities Mexico City Studio

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