Samantha Rise (they/them) is a black, gender-expansive performer, teaching artist, activist and human-amplifier in Philadelphia. Samantha’s passion for music and community building are the heart of their work. Samantha loves to build and feed spaces that are inquiry-driven, participant led, and abundant in joy. samantha is the Program Director at Girls Rock Philly, a music mentorship space for girls, women and gender-expansive youth and adults in Philly. Trained in performance as well as facilitation, Samantha has spent the past two years applying their creative capacity to social justice initiatives, supporting community organizing efforts with direct art action. Samantha believes that music is a birthright: they are dedicated to creating equitable access and to music as a tool for healing, transformative justice, and self-determination. Samantha is also a founder and facilitator of Many Faces Sangha, a practice community committed to centering QTBIPOC teachers, and using mindfulness to dismantle white supremacy within the wellness world.
Last updated: Apr 1, 2022