Ava Rosen is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and educator living in Oakland on unceded Chochenyo Ohlone land. Rosen earned an M.F.A. in Book Art and Creative Writing from Mills College and a B.A. in Literature with a Creative Writing emphasis from U.C. Santa Cruz. She co-founded Open Windows Cooperative, a shared studio space, print shop, gallery and artist residency. Ava teaches Jewish values through art at Congregation Emanu-El’s Youth and Family Education program, and coordinates unconventional art installations in San Francisco’s Excelsior district (where she grew up) that build relationships between local artists and businesses through Artspan’s Art-in-Neighborhoods program. She sings and plays bass with Galore, whose debut self-titled album was released on the Rocks in Your Head label in June. Ava is passionate about bridging art, nature and education; her work is firmly grounded in the belief that art is a powerful tool that can support personal and collective healing, and inspire stewardship of our more-than-human community.