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).