Akira Mabon, Public Ally

Joined September 2020

Akira grew up on the Southside of Chicago, IL. The day she was able to pick up a pencil, she was constantly drawing and painting. She became active in the art community at a young age and was featured in an exhibition called Beyond the Mirror at the Hyde Park Art Center. Akira also participated in the Senior Portfolio exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at the Leroy Neiman Center.

Akira attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, majoring in New Studio Practice and earning a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. During her time at the institute, she began networking with curators across the Milwaukee area and forming connections in the art community. Her artwork was featured in the Genesis Gallery with pieces such as “I need my hair done” and “Golden Time.” Akira exhibited her art piece “Protection Of My Crown” in the Black Creativity gallery show at the Museum of Science and Industry. Akira also assisted in a project called the Vets Print Project, which connected artists with veterans to capture their stories through traditional printmaking. Akira has worked with Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) in creating a mural from her own perspective of the events surrounding the MPD out of MPS campaign. Akira enjoys doing community-based artwork in the region of Milwaukee. Bringing art into neighborhoods creates a form of healing in the environment, Akira says.

Akira focuses on the social injustice of Black bodies within her art pieces. These art pieces confront social issues through visual movement, with the use of collage materials. Akira’s work consists of different forms of motifs that correlate with black culture experiences and different perspectives of Black women. Creating the work has allowed her to discuss the current ongoing existence of post-colonialism ideas. Akira sees her work as a form of documentation of acknowledging corrupt ideologies that continue to harm Black women by using painting and found materials as symbolic imagery. Akira’s large-scale pieces are covered in materials related to the concept of Afro-futurism.

Akira uses her creativity and storytelling abilities to support Clean Wisconsin’s Communications Department in addition to the Art in the Park Project in Milwaukee. She also plays a critical role in the organization’s outreach projects relating to climate change, and provides essential insights and administrative support for our program work in Milwaukee. She joins us through Clean Wisconsin’s partnership with the Milwaukee Public Allies program.

Favorite things to do outdoors in Wisconsin: Bike Riding, Walking along the Milwaukee River, and Nature Viewing