About Me


Imanalla mashikuna.

Viviana “Yura Sapi” Vargas (they/them) is a two-spirit, indigenous Latinx artist, activist and facilitator. They work with others who are passionate about changing the world specifically through the medium of storytelling and by creating liberated spaces that uplift marginalized voices and experiences.

They manage Advancing Arts Forward, a movement to advance equity, inclusion and social justice through the arts. They are a Cycle IV fellow of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship and part of artEquity‘s 2018 National Facilitator Training cohort. They hold an MFA from Brooklyn College and a BFA from Boston University.

Yura Sapi is currently working on a decolonization project throughout Latin America specifically in Kichwa communities of what is current-day Ecuador. Sign up for their e-mail newsletter for weekly travel and art making updates.

Photo from Poems of Quest for Liberation from the Cages of Colonization