Art, Storytelling and Starting Young

With NYU students Maya Aristimuño, Ashley Pena, Denise Stephanie and Sophia Wilson

Monday, November 23 | 5:00 – 6:00PM (EST)

When it comes to balancing social life and work, these girls have it on lock. Discussing what it means to “make it”, how they discovered their creative paths, and what it’s like as young female entrepreneurs to have “free time”, these NYU students will unpack the mysteries and the successes of their careers and personal lives thus far.

Co-sponsored with Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts

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Maya Aristimuño is a freshman at Gallatin and founder of a global creative advertising agency called MARISTI LLC, which is dedicated to pushing inclusivity in content creation, inspired by her multicultural ethnicity. Her company provides leadership opportunities and experience to youth artists, including previous clients/publications such as Parsons School of Design, Vogue Italy, Cynthia Rowley, Milk, Marriott Hotels, etc. Maya also helped conceptualize and lead graphic design for the "Success Story" ad campaign that covers NYU's Entrepreneurial Institute entire building.

Follow Maya on Instagram @maristi

Ashley Pena is an image-maker from Maryland whose work focuses on portraiture through documentation and storytelling. She is currently studying at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.

Denise Stephanie is a DPI freshman, freelance photographer, and multidisciplinary artist, who takes her inspiration from the intimacies of her West Indian heritage. Her work has graced the cover of Marie Claire,, Refinery29, and Barneys New York. She is also the moderator of this panel.

Sophia Wilson is a visual artist and photographer born and raised in NYC.  She began her career in 2014, and her client list includes Vogue, Nike, i-D, and Converse to name a few.




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