Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, artist, and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer with more than twenty years of experience in the arts and social justice.

Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, artist, and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer with more than twenty years of experience in the arts and social justice.

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In March 2019, I became the Producer of The Vision & Justice Project founded by Professor Sarah Lewis. On April 25-26, there will be a convening at Harvard University to bring together leading voices in criminal justice reform and in the arts, including Ava DuVernay, Bryan Stevenson, Carrie Mae Weems, Wynton Marsalis, Theaster Gates, Thelma Golden, and many more.  

As Executive Video Producer of Glamour Women of the Year, I was honored to make videos with Lucy Walker about Viola Davis, Betty Reid Soskin, Chrissy Teigen, Manal al-Sharif, and Kamala Harris. Please watch these videos as well as the intro video for the event, which took place on November 12, 2018.

I wrote Kindness and Clarity for McSweeney’s. On January 22, I did a reading of this piece at a night hosted by McSweeney’s at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC. 

From January 18-22, the Eaton DC hosted a pop-up of the UNSTOPPABLE campaign I've been producing for Planned Parenthood. Please click on the UNSTOPPABLE button under Projects below to learn more about the films, artworks, and writings that have been contributed by more than 30 amazing artists.

On January 26 at the Sundance Film Festival, I helped produce a Sundance For Freedoms Town Hall. filmmaker Ava DuVernay, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, artist/co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors, and playwright and performer Lisa Kron (Fun Home) joined Tabitha Jackson, Eric Gottesman, and myself to talk about "Can Art Save Democracy?". Images can be seen here.

Coming up, we are doing another Town Hall with Sundance at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England, on April 11. 

Tickets are now on sale for two projects I'm producing for The Shed's inaugural season. The first is "Art and Civil Disobedience" with Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You) on Friday, May 10. The second is POWERPLAY with Latasha on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Both are connected to The Shed's DIS OBEY program for NYC youth. You can read more about The Shed and the opening projects in this New York Times feature.

On March 3 at the International Center of Photography, I moderated a discussion with Daughters of the Movement: Gina Belafonte, daughter of Julie and Harry Belafonte; Suzanne Kay, daughter of Diahann Carroll; Stacy Lynch, daughter of Bill Lynch; Hasna Muhammad, daughter of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz; Dominique Sharpton, daughter of Reverend Al Sharpton; and Keisha Sutton-James, granddaughter of Percy Sutton. The event was featured in Amsterdam News, and Brea Baker wrote about it for ELLE magazine

On September 16, 2018, I was on a panel with Maggie Mustard, A.O. Scott, and Deborah Solomon at the Brooklyn Book Festival. The event was named by The Cut/New York as one of the most memorable moments of the Festival. You can see the video here.

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