Joshua J. Ramirez

  • Visual Arts
  • Pico Rivera, CA

Joshua J. Ramirez is a brown-indigenous social practice artist, museum arts administrator and cultural practitioner who works and resides in Los Angeles County. Using his own mental illness and disability as a platform for systemic change, he has successfully started his own nonprofit that merges advocacy and art. Saint Remy Arts & Culture provides transformative and cultural spaces for individuals with mental illness, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts through the creative process of art and creation. By leading through the lens of authenticity and empathy, he continues to use his unique experience to mentor at-risk youth, advocate for artists with disabilities, and create social impact programming for traditionally underrepresented communities.

He currently sits on the board of NAMI Pomona Valley and advises national and local organizations such as Americans for the Arts, NEA, & MOMA. He has a B.A. in art from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in art education. He currently works in Youth Development Programs at the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles.

“As I transition into the next stage of my career, I want to be a more informed and inclusive leader with a strong moral foundation built on social justice, equity, and accessibility. As a NALAC NLI Fellow, we will learn how to be more inclusive collaborators and empathetic listeners who will fight for change and accountability in the field of art.”