Alliyah Allen

ARTS ADMINISTRATOR & CURATOR based in newark, nj

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I work with artists, activists, and communities to create art and design public programs that drive social change.

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Alliyah Allen is an Associate Curator and Senior Program Coordinator for Express Newark, a center for socially engaged art and design at Rutgers University—Newark. She has worked on exhibitions and public art projects including Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility (2022), Will You Be My Monument (2021), and A Call to Peace (2019). She has also written for publications including Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadephia and The Online Gallery.

Her research interests include contemporary art, socially engaged art practices, the African American and Africana Diaspora, and Queer and Feminist studies. She hopes to explore the process of cultural reproduction and social change through art and civic engagement, particularly as it evolves both in cultural institutions like museums and galleries, but also in the public sphere and underserved communities.


Associate Curator & Senior Program Coordinator

Express Newark | Newark, NJ

2022 - current

Program Coordinator

New Arts Justice | Newark, NJ

2019 - 2022

Project Specialist

Monument Lab | Philadelphia, PA


Community Outreach Coordinator

The Wight Foundation | Newark, NJ

2018 - 2019

M.A., Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies

Columbia University

2022 - current

B.A., Religion with a concentration in Africana Studies

Haverford College


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