I am an artist and facilitator most concerned with creating caring spaces that nurture reflection and dialogue to work towards personal and social transformation. I’m excited about finding abundant and playful entry-points towards the kind of creative-thinking that fuels radical imagination. I look to nature as teacher for how we can learn to be with each other differently, and learn new ways of showing up for each other. My support of social-emotional learning is at the service of healing justice: believing personal growth opens portals to new possibilities in collective liberation.
Where in my body have I tucked pieces of the land?
How do I regenerate the wilds within my body?
What changes in me in a changing climate?
Through assemblage of natural and discarded materials, poetics, and facilitating collective educational experiences in nature, I play with ideas of magic, memory, eco-grief, and collective care through investigating phenology, the study of cycles and seasons in a changing climate. I look to myth and language to make and manipulate meaning from ecological processes and phenomena, orienting closely towards interconnected ecologies and that which is regenerative within them.
Attuning to my internal landscape, I connect to metaphors of habitat fragmentation, while also looking to what the wild can teach me in healing, belonging, and resiliency. Through the practice of moving my body to fit a landscape, I seek to return to the body through a return to the land. I cultivate connection to nature in community through horticultural therapy practices and collective art-making.
Mallory Muya is an artist and ecological educator whose work to support eco-literacy, arts education, and social-emotional learning is at the service of getting in right relationship to land. Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, a post-industrial town nicknamed as “a gateway city” to the American dream by the state of MA, Mallory grew up around paper mills and plastic factories that later became derelict after leaving the community underemployed and with polluted waterways, toxic soil, and ruderal landscapes–which she is just now beginning to repair her own relationship with. This way of restoring relationship to land that’s been harmed alongside personal healing of trauma has fueled Mallory’s work today. Mallory is working towards her certification in horticultural therapy, and partners these healing modalities with a healing justice framework at the service of centering collective care. Mallory currently runs the Children’s Garden and youth programs at Queens Botanical Garden and serves on the Board of Directors for Awakenings Art, an organization that centers the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. She serves on the Foodway Steering Committee for Bronx River Alliance to support food justice and cultural programming in New York City’s only edible food forest. Mallory has co-created programming rooted in regenerative education and nature-based artmaking with Queens Botanical Garden, Grow NYC, NYC Department of Civic Engagement, Wave Hill Public Gardens and Cultural Center, Chicago Parks District, Chicago Public Schools, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Chicago, Jane Adams Hull House, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Open Engagement, Teachers for Social Justice, Depaul University, among others. Her work has been funded by Crossroads Fund, Terra Arts Foundation, Night Out in the Parks, and the Dorr Foundation. Her curriculum and facilitation work has been featured in Transform the Harm, New York Times, Teaching Artist Podcast, All of It WNY