Vibrant Visual Artist & Educator

April Marie Mai

Art serves as a mirror to society, reflecting the beauty and complexity of our diverse experiences. Yet, not all stories have been given the space to shine. I, April Marie Mai, commit to these priorities:

I recognize my limitations.

I do not speak for any groups of people, and I will stay in my lane, focusing on sharing my own experiences. I am committed to continually improving. I take responsibility for my work and words and apologize when appropriate. My disabilities mean that my functionality changes constantly. I cannot do everything that others can, and I may not be able to communicate and speak on all issues in the ways that I should, but my disabilities are never an excuse. I will always do what I can.

I create to connect.

I am committed to fostering diversity in all facets of my work: in the narratives I explore through my art, in the communities I engage with, and in the collaborative projects I undertake. My mission is to challenge and dismantle barriers, contributing to a more equitable and just society. Working within the marginalized communities I belong to, I make my work as inclusive as possible, and address challenges through art.

I listen to understand.

I recognize the systemic silencing of crucial voices in the artistic and wider community dialogues. By actively listening and interacting with these voices, I aim to help to build an inclusive art community. This approach is rooted in the belief that inclusivity enriches the arts, fostering a deeper communal connection. When I am able to help promote other artists, my primary focus is on uplifting marginalized voices.

I diversify to empower.

The uniqueness brought forth by diverse artists and communities is not just to be celebrated but championed. I stand firm in the conviction that a more varied artistic landscape is pivotal for cultivating justice and understanding in our world. My work seeks to bridge divides, validate experiences, and forge meaningful interactions across the beauty of human diversity.

The arts reveal our shared humanity and allow us to learn from each other.

Through my artistic endeavors, I strive to affirm all people and identities, offering a sanctuary where every individual feels seen, heard, and valued. Racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism and other exclusion are not welcome in the spaces I create for myself, my community, or my students. Events that I hold will be as inclusive and accessible as possible, within the constraints of the resources I have. Through creativity, empathy, and perseverance, I believe we can illuminate the path to a more inclusive future.

Together, we can craft a world where everyone belongs.

I invite you to join me in this journey of transformation and healing. Through our collective efforts, we can create spaces—both physical and digital—that are truly accessible and welcoming to all. Let’s harness the power of art to celebrate diversity, promote equity, and foster a sense of belonging for everyone in our community.


I try to provide proper accommodations on my website but I know I sometimes fail; I have older content that isn’t as accessible, or accommodations could be needed that aren’t provided. Please feel free to contact me and I will happily help you access my website. I can provide image descriptions upon request, as well as helping you through choosing what is right for you. It is important to me that my work and site are accessible to everyone. Please do keep in mind that my autism and other disabilities make communication challenging. I can’t always find words. It may take me a little longer to get back to you or my words might be awkward. Know I value you.