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Grace Aneiza Ali is the Founder and Editorial Director of the award-winning OF NOTE magazine, which features global artists using the arts as catalysts for activism and social change.

She has served as Editor and Digital Curator for several of the magazine’s art and social justice issues, including: The Burqa, The Imprisoned, The Immigrant, and The Girls Issue. In 2014, OF NOTE received the Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) Journalism Award for “Media Project Committed to Constructive Change.”

She is a faculty member in the Department Art and Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. And, she also teaches in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at The City College of New York (CUNY) where she was the recipient of its Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2014.

She is a Fulbright Scholar and a World Economic Forum “Global Shaper” and was a speaker at the Forum’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Her essays on contemporary art and photography have been published in Nueva Luz JournalSmall Axe Journal, among others. In addition, she co-launched and served as the inaugural Host of the “Visually Speaking” public program series at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, which examined the state of photojournalism through the lens of contemporary photographers and image-makers. In 2014, she received the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship for her contribution to the emerging scholarship on art history and photography in Guyana.

She was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the United States when she was fourteen years old. Her portfolio includes several multi-media projects on the artistic and cultural production of Guyana and its diaspora. Having grown up in a culture of illiteracy among women and girls, she partners with global organizations to support Girls’ Education initiatives, especially in developing countries. Her global work in Art & Activism has included projects in Guyana, India, Ethiopia, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. She currently lives in New York City and Washington, DC.

Curriculum Vitae


Grace Aneiza Ali holds a Master of Arts from New York University where she was the recipient of the Henry MacCracken Fellowship, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Awards & Honors

City College of New York, Dept. of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Faculty of the Year, 2014.
Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH), Outstanding Journalism Project Committed to Social Change, 2014.
Guyana Cultural Association, Outstanding Accomplishment in Contemporary Media, 2014.
World Economic Forum, Global Shaper, 2011.
University of Maryland, College Park, The Goddard Medal of Service, 2003.

Fellowships & Residencies

Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome, Italy, Summer 2015.
BAU Institute, Summer Residency Fellowship, Otranto, Pulia, Italy, Summer 2015.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Curatorial Research Fellowship, 2015.
Henry McCracken Graduate Fellowship, New York University, 2006 to 2008.
Fulbright Fellowship, India, 2003 to 2004.
Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, Humanities Fellowship, UCLA, 2003.
Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship, University of Maryland, 2002.