Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Althea Rao

Althea Rao creates social engagement models to facilitate playful conversations that unpack normalized systemic power imbalance. She draws influence from media studies, intersectionality, design justice and grass-root organizing. Her project Vagina Chorus, a bio-responsive, socially-engaged multimedia performance spotlighting women’s health and healthcare accessibilities, is a recipient of the 2020 MAP Fund.

Rao has lived and worked in China, Japan and the US, and received training in journalism, media arts and filmmaking. Rao is currently an Engaging Artist Fellow at More Art. She was an artist-in-residence at Artspace New Haven (2020), a Fellow of Flaherty Film Seminar (2016), a mentee in NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (2019), a toolmaker-in-residence at Signal Culture(2019), a Social Impact Fellow at Halcyon Arts Lab (2019).

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I Have Worked With

  • September 2020 to December 2020

    I am one of the three 2020 Hybrid Arts Lab fellows at Theater Mitu.

  • September 2020

    I was invited by Jules Rochielle to give an artist talk to a group of BFA students at Tufts MFA about socially engaged art and my project Vagina Chorus.

  • August 2019 to July 2020

    I was an artist-in-residence at Artspace New Haven.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Althea
Job Title/Position: 
Interdisciplinary Artist
Physical Address: 
New Haven, CT 06511
Last Name: 
Rao

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Languages Available: 
Chinese
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Geographic Reach: 
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Hybrids Arts Lab Fellow, Theater Mitu (2020)
Engaging Artist, More Art (2020-2021)
Artist in Residence, Artspace New Haven (2019-2020)
Toolmaker in Residence, Signal Culture (2019)
Artist in Residence, Halcyon Arts Lab(2018-2019)
Education: 
MFA in Film and Media Arts, Temple University
BA in Journalism, Fudan University (Shanghai)
BA in International Liberal Studies, Waseda University (Tokyo)
Awards: 
Recipient, Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP)
Philadelphia Foundation Fellow, Flaherty Film Seminar (2016)
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Diversity in Computer Music Scholarship, Stanford University
NEFA Public Art Learning Grant
AWI Sponsorship, New Haven Art Council
Awesome Without Borders Grant
Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, NYFA
Hybrid Arts Lab Fellowship, Theater Mitu
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Media
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Adults
Seniors