OUR MISSION is to develop and share creative spaces, processes and products that build capacity for healing, positive growth and making meaningful connections.
OUR VISION is a global community that uses creativity, art, science and spirituality to enhance humanity’s health, wellness and interconnection.
Through contemporary art, collaborative group art experiences, unique lifestyle products, and thoughtful communications services, And Still the Waters Rise is able to engage diverse audiences and markets with unique approaches that seek to increase personal awareness and resilience, and group interconnection, collaboration and performance.
NAIʻA ... artist, healer and social entrepreneur
For twenty years, Naiʻa Lewis, ASTWR founder, has worked with people and communities to address pressing personal and social issues and thrive. She uses creative strategies to successfully engage, empower, and express the voices of vulnerable, marginalized, and disenfranchised, particularly those of women, indigenous peoples, and minorities.
Nai‘a is a practicing artist and the Creative Lead of 84 and Sunny, a globally minded and locally immersed creative agency helping clients adapt and compete within diverse and rapidly changing international markets. Previously, Nai‘a worked as coordinator for Big Ocean, a network of the world's large-scale marine managed areas, and for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in the Ocean Initiatives Program at the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. She has also worked within the Native Hawaiian community and helped to address indigenous governance issues.
Nai‘a earned her journalism degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and has infused her communications background with her professional experience to develop cross-cultural initiatives to more effectively translate conservation initiatives to indigenous communities. Nai‘a blends contemporary expressionism with indigenous identity and belief systems through multiple media. Her work has been invited to show at artistic events and galleries from Manhattan to Honolulu, including the recent CTRL+ALT Culture Lab on Imagined Futures series, curated by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Ford Foundation.
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