Named after the famous feminist storyteller of the Arabian Nights, Scheherazade Tillet is a Trinidadian and African American photographer, art therapist, and social justice organizer. Tillet earned a Masters of Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a B.A. from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She studied at Rutgers University’s Mason School of Fine Arts under the tutelage of veteran photojournalist Steve Hart. Her work has been featured in Gagosian Journal, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, The Chicago Tribune, and MSNBC. In 2003, she co-founded A Long Walk Home (ALWH), a Chicago-based national nonprofit that uses art to empower young people to end violence against girls and women. She is also the Artistic Director of the award-winning multimedia performance, “Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS)” and the creator of the Girl/Friends Leadership Institute, a yearlong artist-activist program for girls and young women of color.
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