How we Began

The Art of Life After Project was started by Alicia Chatterjee and Mattie Loyce in April 2015

Alicia and Mattie met while working together in Boston at a community mental health clinic. As they built their professional relationship, they recognized similar philosophies on healing, trauma, and having multi-cultural and survivor identities. They recognized a need for grassroots work that addressed survivors’ own wisdom and ability to heal themselves and each other.

In the winter of 2015, Mattie proposed organizing an art show focused on survivorship of sexual violence with her traveling gallery, Mission Gallery. After much hard work and planning the inaugural show was held at Makeshift Boston in April 2015 and was a huge success. It started with one art show and through personal work and community support, The Art of Life After is developing into a larger multidimensional project with hopes of building more spaces for healing and community for survivors of sexual violence.



Alicia is a multi-racial Indian-American interested in transformative work within herself and her communities towards healing, held complexity, and wholeness. Alicia works at a community mental health clinic where she works bilingually with families and young people and also leads a multi-cultural mindfulness and yoga group for teenage girl survivors of trauma. Alicia is especially engaged in creative writing and body works of yoga, meditation, and jiu jitsu. She is from a place where there is more sea than land.

Mattie is a multi-cultural African-American woman originally from San Francisco, CA. She is deeply inspired by community building, expressive arts, sharing ancestral and contemporary histories, and organizing for healing and justice through the arts. She has experience and love for working with youth and families as well as building and supporting creative community spaces like her pop-up gallery, Mission Gallery, and The Art of Life After. Some of her greatest joys in life are the ocean, vibrant and honest art, music, and afro-folkloric dance.



Flower Banner Image: The Women's Building / Edificio de Mujeres Mural, San Francisco, CA