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Alma Leppla – July 2022

Please join us in welcoming July resident artist Alma Leppla! Alma Leppla (they/she) is a mixed-race, queer, Latine, visual artist and educator whose work seeks to build community by celebrating intersectional identities. Alma is based in San Francisco but grew up in Tampa with their Cuban family. They currently serve as the Latinx Teaching Artist Fellow and Studio Artist Board Representative for Root Division. In 2021, they co-founded Queer Rain: a collective celebrating queer BIPOC femme & gender-expansive artists. The collective recently published its inaugural publication, an anthology featuring 20 artists working on the intersection of queerness and BIPOC identities. Leppla received a Master of Arts in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. They have shown work nationally and internationally through solo exhibitions, group shows, and artist residencies. In addition to maintaining their art practice, they have served as an arts facilitator and educator, working with schools, community organizations, and institutions since 2008.

Alma’s residency is made possible thanks to the Homebody Fund. Homebody Fund is a small donor-advised fund at East Bay Community Foundation, resourcing POC*—especially QTPOC**—spiritual/healing spaces that support community leadership and cultural transformation in decolonial movements for liberation, especially in the East Bay Area.