The artwork for NASCO Institute 2020 was created by Nia.
Nia is a queer, black, self-taught visual artist living in Baltimore City. Their love of the human body, animals, and nature, has inspired their art for the past 25 years. Nia loves to work on large and small scale projects creating everything from murals and signage to greeting cards and pet portraits. Nia is a co-owner of Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffee House and also works for Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy. Through both of these positions and through her artwork she hopes to break the cycle of silenced emotions and to create moments where feelings are present, raw, transformative, and valid.