Amanda Kelly Espiritu
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Since she was a young girl, Amanda Kelly Espiritu has been fascinated with art and visual culture.
Never one to get lost in coloring books or stay within the lines, Amanda embraced drawing and painting as a means of self-expression. Doodles quickly overtook single sheets of paper and could no longer be contained by small sketchbooks, while paint splashed over the borders of canvases and splattered living room walls and carpets. Collages expanded across bedroom floors, overtaking piles of magazines and glue bottles stacked haphazardly amongst newspaper clippings and post cards. Much of her mixed media work has been inspired by the courses she took at Boston College under Professor Andrew Tavarelli and Professor Alston Conley.
Captivated by the vivid worlds of nursery rhymes and fairytales and always eager for more stories since she was a child, Amanda delved into the legends preserved by cultures around the globe and became enchanted with Ancient Egypt and Greek and Roman mythology in middle school. As she continued to explore other cultures and different forms of art and storytelling, she began crafting her own stories and poems. She was introduced to spoken word in high school and was encouraged to start performing by her English teacher Elizabeth Purcell after sharing her poem on racial stereotypes.
Originally born in Los Angeles, Amanda grew up around the world in Manila, San Francisco, London, and Boston. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, and solo-backpacked through Japan and Argentina. She hopes to continue to explore South America in the near future so she can see the Nazca Lines and Salar de Uyuni in person. She captures her passion for traveling and people's love of life and adventure in her photography/video projects and her short stories.
Amanda current home base is New York City, where she has worked with various startups, entrepreneurs, and non-profits as a marketing and social media consultant, a producer of both intimate and large-scale events, and as a key partner when it comes to growing global communities of creatives, music addicts, and personal development nerds. Her favorite place to play is in the intersection of art, science, and technology. With a background in marketing/advertising from her days at creative ad agencies BBDO and Ogilvy in NY, Amanda dove into the underbelly of NYC when she moved to the city, attending concerts, dance events, conferences, and more. She fell in love with collaborating with fellow community builders, producing open spaces where people could gather to feel a bit less lonely and a lot more inspired.
Amanda is one of the founding members of the global artist collective and 501c3 non-profit Stageless Arts and the City Director of its NY “synapse" Open Brain: NYC. She regularly helps douse people in confetti for The Confetti Project in NY, LA, and Dubai, and also MC's shows for the global community of music addicts across NY with Sofar Sounds.
Her most recent project Creative Surrender Studios serves as a space that pushes people to get out of whatever creative rut they might be in, have deep talks, and finish their passion projects. The Creative Surrender: Passion Sprint series launched in February 2019, while the web series component launched in August 2019. For an early CSS episode, Amanda stepped out from behind the camera to conquer her fear of being on camera by dancing in public around Singapore in March 2019 in a red panda onesie and has continued inviting friends and strangers to join in to see how it helped them access their own flow states and unblock whatever may be holding them back from manifesting their dreams.