Crystal Clarity is an Illustrator, Muralist and Teaching Artist born, raised and based in New York City. Her work serves and celebrates women of color and communities of color. Her vibrant organic urban styles merge the intersections of culture, gender, spirit and city life. Working in a variety of mediums from pencil to paintbrush on anything from Bristol to Brick walls her work can be found on contour cut plywood, canvas or covering the side of a building in any one of the inner city boroughs.
Clarity has worked with several established non-profit organizations serving local communities through dynamic youth programs. For over five years Crystal was the Visual Arts Instructor at EL PUENTE, an after school community center in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Leading classes in silk-screen design, painting, drawing, book making, set design and other crafts, she closely mentored a diverse group of young people and deeply invested in their personal and professional growth. Since 2007 she has been an enthusiastic practitioner and mentor in the rich legacy of Mural Art . She has facilitated an assortment of public art projects all over New York City as a Groundswell Community Mural Project artist since 2008. Through Groundswell she has had the privilege of partnering with community leaders and organizations such as New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Community League of the Heights, the Department of Environmental Protection and the City Parks Department to name a few. Her Murals have given visibility to critical community issues with Sustainability, Solidarity between diverse groups, gun violence, LGBTQ issues and water conservation. Clarity has also had the honor of working independently with Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) as both an artist in residency and a creative consultant.
Though mostly self taught, Crystal Clarity has also advanced her craft at the Art Students League of New York, Penland School of Crafts and worked and studied bookmaking at the Center for Book Arts. She holds an Associates degree in Visual Communications and is completing her BFA at Parsons School of Design. Crystal Hopes to continue her work as a Muralist and Teaching Artist while expanding her audience and partnerships abroad internationally.