Ayisha's Bio

Ayisha Knight-Shaw is a Boston based Deaf multimedia artist, poet, educator and Reiki Master Teacher.
   The daughter of a White Jewish mother and Black Cherokee father, she was raised by her mother in an ethnically diverse community of poets, painters, sculptors, photographers and storytellers who taught her that creating and sharing art is as much a political act as a thing of beauty.
    As a Deaf photographer, she loves to focus on hands, eyes, facial expressions, and quirky subjects not typically seen in mainstream media. Her interests in photography began at age 13, and has evolved over the years.  Shaped by her life as a Deaf woman in California, Washington D.C, MA, as well as visits to Cuba, Mexico City, and Oaxaca have given her an opportunity to create a tapestry of many cultures in her work. 

   Past solo and shared photo exhibits have been showcased at Java Joes Café, The Meeting Place, Very Special Arts Boston, Club Passim, Boston Public Library, the Cambridge Center for
Adult Education, Salem Access TV, Espresso Royale Café, Two Dogs Working, Galant Gallery, North Shore Career Center, Deaf Expo, Disability Expo, Maine Deaf Expo, and Dorian’s in
Provincetown, MA.

    As a poet, she has been seen at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Teatro Pregones, La Mama theater in NYC, Rhode Island School of Design, Amherst 20th anniversary of the ADA, Northampton Pride, and Wake Up The Earth.                  Television and other video appearances include HBO Def Poetry Jam Season 4 as the first Deaf poet, Basic Black, and Urban Update, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Gore House Museum, and Culture Coach International.  Her 2004 show at Wheelock Family Theater “Hey Sistah, Welcome Home”  led to a grant by the Cambridge Arts Council.  

   Over the years, her passion for art, storytelling, theater, Reiki and education has been forming a tapestry that continues today.  If you would like to see more of her work or would like to know more, you can contact her at deafayisha@gmail.com.

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  • ASL teacher with over 20 years experience.

  • ASL Theater consultant

  • Museum guide specializing in ASL. Featured with Leon Jerfita on the Museum of Fine Arts multimedia guide.

  • Reiki Master Teacher

  • Poet

  • Photographer

  • Actress

  • Artwork showcased at Deaf Expo, Disability Expo, Maine Deaf Expo, and Dorian’s in Provincetown, MA.

  • Performed at the  Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Teatro Pregones, La Mama theater in NYC, Rhode Island School of Design, Amherst 20th anniversary of the ADA.

  • Television and other video appearances include HBO Def Poetry Jam Season 4 as the first Deaf poet, Basic Black, and Urban Update, Gore House Museum, and Culture Coach International.  Her 2004 show at Wheelock Family Theater “Hey Sistah, Welcome Home”  led to a grant by the Cambridge Arts Council.  

 

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