Jaclyn Reyes (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA) is a visual, performing and teaching artist, designer, and cultural organizer based in New York City.Currently, she works in the Education unit at the International Rescue Committee, where she recently supported Operation Allies Welcome . Previously, she has done work for the Campaign and Creative Services team at BerlinRosen, the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the Resilient Communities program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Penguin Random House, Condé Nast, and Visionaire. As a teaching artist, she has worked in Queens, Brooklyn, Phnom Penh, Xela, Kuala Kangsar, and Gamay.
She is a 2023 Design as Justice Fellow with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and recipient of a 2023 New York State Council on the Arts creative grant for interdisciplinary art. Previously, she was a part of Re:Generation with The Monument Lab and a 2021-22 Art Commissioner with Queens Council on the Arts. She has been awarded opportunities from The Fulbright Program, The Laundromat Project, En Foco, Inc., Wave Farm, and the Asian Women Giving Circle. She was a mentor with the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program in 2021-22 and will continue in 2022-23.
She engages in social practice, community-based art, and creative place-keeping interventions with Little Manila Queens Bayanihan Arts in Woodside, Queens. Her projects include the Meal to Heal initiative, the Mabuhay mural, and the Little Manila Avenue Street Installation. Recent collaborations of hers include We Belong and Flare/Flair at the Queens Museum, the documentary and dance film We Are They, and The Tandang Sora Project, an ongoing effort to create a monument to migrant care workers.
Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Gothamist, ARTnews, Art Forum, Business Insider, Public Radio International, Artsy, Yes! Magazine, Nueva Luz, The Asian Journal, APEX Express, All in NYC, the Center for an Urban Future, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s virtual event “Creatives Rebuild New York — and America,” BronxNet Television, and on the PBS/Chasing the Dream series Caretakers.
She recently shared her thoughts on art and care in an episode of the Queens Memory Project Podcast called “Seeing Signs,” and on the Queens Council on the Arts blog. She also spoke about her experience community-building in Little Manila with The Laundromat Project, redistricting advocacy efforts in Little Manila. She has been an invited speaker at Stanford University, the Landmark Society of Western New York, and the NYC Racial Justice Commission.
She studied studio art at California State University Long Beach before transferring to Syracuse University where she received her BFA in Art Photography. In 2019, she earned her master’s degree in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For twenty years, she trained and performed as a musician, in violin, piano, and gamelan.