Marisa Morán Jahn

Keynote Speaker

An artist, creative technologist, and educator of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn’s works redistribute power, “exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice” (ArtForum). Codesigned with youth, new immigrants, and working families, Marisa’s work has engaged millions through strategic partners including The American Museum of Natural History, Boys and Girls Club of America, Brooklyn and Seattle Public Library systems, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, National Domestic Workers Alliance. She has presented at Tribeca Film Festival, Obama’s White House, the United Nations, PBS, The New York Times, CNN, BBC, and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. In 2010, she collaborated with a community in rural Honduras to co-create Bibliobandido (‘Story Eater’), a bandit who EATS stories and whose fame rivals Santa Claus. As a legend still ongoing today, Bibliobandido has transformed the lives of 15,000 young believers in Central and North America. She has taught at Columbia University, MIT (her alma mater), and Parsons/The New School where she is the Director of Integrated Design. In 2022, Marisa is a Sundance Fellow and Artist/Writer in Residence at the Brooklyn Public Library.