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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Alicia Hopkins

Website: Art Speaks Using Art for Advocacy


Alicia Hopkins is a disabled artist, author and advocate from Ohio. She uses her art in a dynamic way. She advocates for accessibility in the arts, disability rights and also in independent living. She has committed her life to teach people how to use Art to advocate. She is involved in many advocacy groups on the state and national level for disability rights, mental health, developmental disabilities and domestic violence. 

Many people know her through her artwork and advocacy around the Ohio Direct Support Crisis. She painted 25 feet of art to tell the stories of people with disabilities, families and caregivers across Ohio.  She has used her art to advocate for funding for home and community based services and supports for people with disabilities, emergency preparedness planning and for many disability rights issues.

She met the U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh with her art in October of 2021 while advocating for ARPA Funds in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2022, she was apart of Disabled Women Making History in Art and the Art Possible Ohio Accessible Expressions People’s Choice Award Winner for her first four panels on the Ohio Direct Support Crisis.

In 2022, she launched a project called Creative Changemakers alongside Disability Rights Ohio to help people with disabilities utilize art to tell their stories about what it’s like with and without care and to help assist them to turn their art into postcards for advocacy. In 2023, she launched a postcard project called #DearOhioLegislators to help people with disabilities, families and caregivers to engage in letter writing to legislators about the Ohio Direct Support Crisis during the HB33 budget bill. 

In the past, she has won several awards. She was 2020 American Royal Spirits High Hostess Ambassador Queen. She was 2018 Ohio Miss Amazing Sr Miss Queen and got 1st runner up at the National Miss Amazing pageant. She won an impact award for a community arts event she created in Northeast Ohio. She was the 2018 Arts Alive Community Outreach Award Recipient and applauded as an Unsung Hero in the Beacon Journal in 2019. Some of her projects include founding the Art Speaks All Abilities Art Expo, Art Speaks Ohio Art Supply Program, the Poetry4All Initiative, and the Art of Christmas. Alicia has a Bachelor of Arts from Malone University. She has written numerous articles on disability rights, arts advocacy, and accessibility. She is the author of three poetry books and a young adult non fiction book. Additionally, she has been involved with Akron Cultural Plan, is a former board member for the Center for Applied Drama and Autism and Art Sparks.
She enjoys genealogy, writing poetry, dance, and visual arts. 

Artist Statement

Art has the power to tell stories, change perspectives, and help unite communities on various causes and issues. Alicia Marie Hopkins uses her art to engage people in dialogue on current events, advocacy issues, disability rights issues and much more. The bulk of her art explores real life issues. She interviews people and works hard to bring diversity and inclusion to her work.