Poornima Sukuma is the founder of Aravani Art Project, which aims to embrace the transgender community and other marginalized populations by creating consciousness and well being through arts, awareness, and social inclusion in in Bangalore, India and beyond.
As a talented muralist, artist, illustrator, and documentary photographer, she is using public spaces – especially through wall-painting – to enable youth voices, engage youth in peacemaking, and to create awareness. Poornima feels privileged to have had the opportunity to work on a variety of social causes and human welfare issues.
Most recently and with the assistance of daughters of sex-workers, she painted a wall on the streets of Mumbai’s Red Light district. Last year, she had visited Nepal where she co-pained another wall-art project with children orphaned by the 2015 Earthquake. Additionally, she has worked with schools and the government of Bangalore, including juvenile facilities for at-risk young boys and girls. Poornima is a TEDx speaker and had also spoken at the LITMUS festival, an initiative of FYI (For Young India), aiming to create meaningful experiences for young Indians by combining arts, literature, and opportunities of the digital age.