Dara Bayer is a social justice organizer, educator, and visual artist, who works to build interconnected and equitable communities through Restorative Justice (RJ) philosophy and practices. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Visual Art in 2008 and lived in Brazil on a Fulbright grant in 2009 where she did arts education and anti-racist work with Black youth. From 2010 to 2017 she taught humanities at Boston Arts Academy where she had the privilege of supporting young artists in positively transforming their communities. Dara's grassroots community based work has focused on anti-racist organizing, environmental justice, Palestine solidarity, and the liberation of political prisoners. She currently works with four Boston Public Schools to develop a whole school approach to Restorative Justice as an Implementation Coach. She is interested in integrating social transformation and spiritual consciousness, particularly in supporting the empowerment of young women. Her paintings reflect both her interest in the inner landscape and external political realities of our society. She is also in the process of developing an immersive afro-futurist installation project with several other artists. You can check out her art work here: https://www.imaniarts.com/.