Piper Anderson is a writer, educator, and cultural organizer who has spent more than 17 years leveraging the tools of art-making and community engagement to create social impact. Her work has taken her to over U.S cities, Mexico, and Rwanda delivering creative responses to racial and gender injustice.
In 2015, she founded Create Forward LLC, which delivers creative strategies for social change that activate the collective imagination. In just a short time, Create Forward has amassed an impressed portfolio of national clients and innovative projects with institutions working in the arts, education, and philanthropy.
Her commitment to ending mass incarceration began in 2001. Realizing the destructive impact of prisons and policing on her community, Anderson became Blackout Arts Collective’s Lyrics on Lockdown National Tour Coordinator and directed the cultural campaign that reached more than 25 U.S communities creatively catalyzing a dialogue about the impact of the prison system on communities of color, long before mass incarceration reached national attention.
In spring 2016, Anderson was awarded a TED Residency to develop an innovative art-and-design project called Mass Story Lab. By 2018, Mass Story Lab will travel to more than 20 communities grappling with the impact of mass incarceration.
Piper Anderson is a thought leader in the field of cultural change and is nationally recognized for her innovative design of creative social impact experiences. She brings her expertise into the classroom to nurture the next generation of change agents as a professor at NYU’s Gallatin School. One of her proudest moments was being apart of the founding of NYU’s Prison Education program, which offers an associate degree to men at Wallkill correctional facility. She continues to serve on the faculty and steering committee for that program.
Anderson attended The New School where she was a Riggio Writing Democracy Fellow and received her masters in Applied Theatre from CUNY’s School of Professional Studies.
Her writings have appeared in numerous publications and books including Huffington Post, ForHarriet.com, HowlRound.com and the books, Love, Race, and Liberation: Till the White Day is Done, Growing Up Girl, Seeking Wisdom, and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office.