Erin Shigaki was born and raised in Seattle, WA, where she recently returned after many years on the east coast studying and working in design and art education. Her homecoming has paved a path for public art commissions and grants to create murals and installations that are community based and focused on People of Color experiences, especially the WWII incarceration of her family and community. Erin is passionate about highlighting similarities between that history and today's immigrant crisis, and to other systemic injustices black and brown people continue to face. She is keen to understand intergenerational trauma and to explore the emergence of beauty and intimacy despite unspeakably harsh circumstances. Erin believes that using art to tell stories about these moments can educate, redress wrongs and incrementally heal. Erin is also a community activist, and helps run an annual pilgrimage to the Minidoka Idaho concentration camp where her family was incarcerated.