photo by stella lee prowse
Alysia Mazzella is a maker & storyteller based in Newburgh, NY. she began studying manual photography and video production in high school. after graduation, mazzella continued studies in communications & media at suny oneonta in 2007 & suny dutchess in 2011. She is a 2014 alumna of the writing & new media program at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in portland, maine.
From 2008-2011, Mazzella co-founded 21-7 Magazine with leslieann santiago, an online magazine featuring weekly photoessays, short stories, videos & interviews with upcoming musicians & artists. she independently produced her first short film Incalculable in 2011, as well as a series of music videos for ninjasonik & other nyc musicians. soon after, mazzella transitioned into studying storytelling via short documentary film.
Mazzella assisted shailly agnihotri in developing the administration of The Restorative Center in 2014 & 2015. trc is a non-profit which offers a distinct grassroots model of Restorative Justice as an alternative to the american justice system. In 2016, she worked as Assistant Executive Director: co-running Circle trainings for Teens, facilitating community circles in Newburgh, and building the foundation for a sustainable program. mazzella now serves on trc's board of directors.
in early 2016, mazzella co-founded Chime In with Stella Lee Prowse. they developed a specific pop-up shop model which responds to the excess of vacant storefronts in the city of Newburgh. Chime in collaborates with the local industry of makers & designers to transform an empty space into an underground social hub. the pop up has occupied two locations in 2016: 188 Liberty Street (august-october) & 102 South William Street (december).
alysia is currently designing a handmade collection of functional items, most recently #theorbchoker.