Shirien Damra

Shirien Damra is a freelance designer and illustrator based in Chicago, where she was born and raised. Growing up in a working-class Palestinian refugee family, Shirien recognized the impact of systemic racism early on. She went on to study sociology, receiving her bachelor's and master's degree in the field from DePaul University. For over 10 years, she has dedicated herself to community organizing and social justice advocacy work. Shirien uses art and creativity as a tool to uplift social justice movements and campaigns, to amplify marginalized groups, to promote community healing, and to envision a better world. 

Image: Shirien Damra, Free Palestine (November 2020). Digital painting with Procreate, Apple Pencil and iPad. Dimensions 12 x 12 inches.

SPARK Microgrant

2020 - 2021,
Grant Recipient