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Alyssa Fenix: Neurodivergent queer artist discusses art, identity, and inclusivity

Alyssa Fenix: Neurodivergent queer artist discusses art, identity, and inclusivity

Ready to explore? Tune in to 'The Truth in This Art' podcast, hosted by host Rob Lee and accompanied by today's guest Alyssa Fenix, a prolific black queer neurodivergent artist, Diversity Trainer/Consultant, and the innovator behind the "If I Knew Then Letters Project,” is situated in Baltimore with her family. Her artistic endeavors span photography, wood burning, collage art, and creative writing. Leveraging her educational and mental health background, Alyssa pioneers a robust framework for clinicians and educators in supporting LGBTQ+ and Neurodivergent youth, offering professional development, coaching, and consultation services. Through her impactful professional training, she fosters safe and supportive spaces for marginalized communities and guides individuals exploring intersectional identities, with a focus on LGBTQ+ and disability. Her extensive expertise aids organizations in program development to address the growing need for holistic support.

In the following discussion:

  • Embark on a podcast journey exploring art's transformative role in unshackling self-expression and transcending personal constraints.
  • Dive into the podcast episode dissecting the If I Knew Then Letters initiative, uncovering its mission to uplift LGBTQ+ youth through heartfelt letters from adults who've walked similar paths.
  • Delve into the podcast's exploration of societal change, spotlighting the importance of embracing diverse narratives and dismantling conventional norms to foster a more compassionate and all-encompassing world.

Alyssa shares her journey of self-discovery and how art has played a significant role in her life. From her childhood experiences with crafts and photography to her recent diagnosis of being on the autism spectrum, Alyssa discusses how art has allowed her to express herself and break free from self-imposed limitations. She also talks about her If I Knew Then Letters project, which aims to provide support and validation to LGBTQ+ youth by sharing letters from LGBTQ+ adults to their teenage selves. Alyssa emphasizes the importance of honoring individual experiences and breaking down societal norms to create a more inclusive and empathetic world.

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

About "The Truth In This Art"

Hosted by Rob Lee, "The Truth In This Art" podcast dives into the heart of creativity and its influence on the community. This arts and culture podcast from Baltimore highlights artists discussing their ideas, sharing insights, and telling impactful stories. Through these artist interviews, listeners gain a deeper understanding of the creative economy and artistic life in Baltimore. 

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Alyssa Fenix
Alyssa Fenix
a black queer neurodivergent artist, Diversity Trainer/Consultant, and founder of the "If I Knew Then Letters Project,” living in Baltimore with her partner, kids, dog, and plants