Hey friends!

I’m going on a long wave of travel and public speaking across various cities in the US, and by your suggestion, we’re calling this the DETOUR. In each city, I will document experiences, host meet ups, and collaborate on cool projects, and I want to take you along for the journey. Catch moments from the adventures via my vlog channel on YouTube, and be sure to meet me in your city.

Watch the latest adventure:

De Nichols returns to the Maryland Institute College of Art to talk about Designing Civil Rights and the Sticky Note to Self project. She will also work with MICA students in the Flex Design Studio to tackle the redesign of a black museum.

Check out these moments from her past Designing Civil Rights lecture visit to Baltimore:


De Nichols joins fellow arts activist, Mallory Nezam, to deliver a talk about the Mirror Casket project and art as protest at the 2017 Open Engagement Conference.

Join the Chicago DETOUR MeetUp at Stony Island Arts Bank.

Learn more about Open Engagement:

Chicago 2017


De Nichols was one of six artists selected to receive the 2017 Citizen Artists fellowship and recognition by the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. During this trip, she will join nationally renowned creators and performers to dive more deeply into the future of artistic practice in new socio-political times.

Learn more about the Kennedy Center.

Mothers’ Day Vacay!

Blavity Women’s Conference

More info soon.

Join De as she engages with the Americans for the Arts conference June 15-18. She’ll stay the week for San Francisco Pride, so if you have connections with tech, arts, and design companies in the Bay area, be sure to let her know.

De will serve as a keynote speaker for the Graduate Career Consortium 2017 convening. Learn more about GCC here.

Party with De in New Orleans for Essence Festival 2017.

More info soon about this year’s meet ups.

Check out last year’s experience:

Recent Events

Oct 7/8 | Affect Conf | Portland, OR

Join me and other creative changemakers in Portland, OR, for Affect Conf October 7-8. Affect Conf is a new 2-day event that’s part conference and part volunteering and highlights the work, culture, and design behind social change. Talks will include presentations and lectures from activists and social impact designers like me to writers like Kai Cheng Thom (from Everyday Feminism), coders, artists, podcasters, and more. 

Ode to the Misfits – Visionary Awards Thank You Speech

On April 25, I was one of the recipients of the St. Louis Visionary Awards, which exists to “celebrate the numerous contributions and achievements of women who work in or support the arts in St. Louis. From established working arts professionals and arts educators to emerging artists and community impact artists, each year’s honorees are truly ‘visionary’.”

For the 2016 Visionary Awards, I was nominated and received the Community Impact Artist award, which recognized contributions I’d made during the past year(s) as a social practice and community artist.

Oct 3: Arts in Struggle

Arts in Struggle: An Afternoon of Creativity, Community, and Dialogue on the Struggle for Racial Justice in St. Louis

Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival Event, organized by the Center for the Humanities
October 3, 2 pm
Satori Art Studio, 3003 Locust St., St. Louis, MO 63103
 
Join us for an exciting afternoon of art, poetry, film and conversation. The exhibit features the works of Damon Davis and De Andrea Nichols, a poetry performance by Cheeraz Gormon, and a screening of documentary filmmaker Katina Parker’s “Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory.” Following the film, the audience will have the opportunity to engage all four artists in a roundtable discussion about the intersection between art and activism and struggles for racial justice in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. Jonathan Fenderson, assistant professor of African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, will moderate the discussion.
Washington University in St. Louis

Nov 20: United Story Summit

The Fall 2015 United Story Summit aims to bridge narratives and perspectives to create innovations that address justice issues within the United States. After a year-long engagement with stories by youth and elders from several St. Louis communities, the U/S Summit culminates to provide space and strategies for participants to respond together, fuse ideas, and produce achievable solutions to today’s pressing justice issues.