In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we present our “Families, Reimagined” art series! Organizations like APANO have long recognized the diversity of families and have been working to expand definitions of family in legislative policy. To explore this expansive notion further, we commissioned six artists to create original artwork responding to changing definitions of home, family, and community. Today, we feature artist Ameya Okamoto who illustrated the Families, Reimagined series. Enjoy her work above and join us in celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander artists.


Ameya Marie is an 18-year-old artist and activist who deconstructs social injustice and biased behavior through art. An artist in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, she connects with families impacted by racialized violence and creates illustrations that neutralize the negativity of images of humans unjustly killed. Her protest art and work in youth advocacy and education has taken her to the White House as a US Presidential Scholar in Art and been awarded by organizations like Adobe Project 1324, GLSEN, and US Department of Education, and she was recently honored by the National YoungArts Foundation as a 2018 Finalist in Visual Art.