Amber has been creating art in some form her whole life, starting from dance, drumming, and mehndi with her family, to vocal and theatrical performance/directing, and now to digital art. During the pandemic, Amber started Amber Maryam Makes as a project to connect with other artists during a time of isolation, especially other queer & South Asian creatives, as well as to share pieces of her culture through art.

Media: Digital art

Year(s): 2020/2021

These art pieces collectively draw from elements of South Asian and Islamic visuals/art/architecture, showcasing the beauty of South Asian cultures and their contributions to the creative world. Many also feature bright colors and rainbow hues, blending the vibrancy of South Asian culture and queerness the way I experience them: complementary rather than contradictory.

Participating Organizations

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (APIQS) provides educational, social, and cultural activities for queer female-identified, gender-nonconforming, and transgender people of API descent in the DC metropolitan area.

Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA) is a volunteer-based social and advocacy organization for the the queer and transgender members of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To achieve this overall vision, AQUA works closely with other API and queer-identified organizations through advocacy, coalition building, education, networking, outreach, and support events.

The Capital Pride Alliance, through its stewardship of diverse programming and events, specifically year-round LGBTQ+ Pride festivities centered in Washington, DC and the National Capital Region, serves to celebrate, educate, support, and inspire our multi-faceted communities in order to grow and preserve our history and protect our rights for current and future generations.

KhushDC is a social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural, sexual and gender identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and additional gender or sexual minority (LGBTQ+) South Asians and the South Asian Diaspora in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We represent a broad array of nationalities including those of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

KQT DC is composed of LGBTQ+ individuals and parents of Korean descent and allies in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area, committed to promote a welcoming space for fellowship and support, and advocating for LGBTQ rights in our communities.

The DC's Mayor's Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs was created in 1987 Commited to promoting and engaging the District's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) residents and business owners so they may successfully integrate into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the District, As the Mayor's liaison to the AAPI community, we connect AAPI residents and businesses with the District agencies to foster efficient and effective partnerships, improve access to services, and help break down language and cultural barriers.

NAAAP DC is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, professional association. Founded in 1982, NAAAP is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing pan-Asian organization for professionals, with thousands of members in 31 chapters across North America and China. The DC Chapter is one of its most active, emphasizing: Professional Development Programs, Community Engagement, Cultural Programs, Networking, and National and Regional Leadership Conferences.

Participating Sponsors