Amikaeyla Gaston

Amikaeyla Gaston

Proclaimed as one of the “purest contemporary voices” by National Public Radio (NPR), Amikaeyla is a force for change. A Cultural Arts Ambassador for the State Department, as well as a highly sought-after performer and public speaker, she travels worldwide doing expansive work with political refugees, war survivors, and jeopardized populations. Founder and Executive Director for The International Cultural Arts and Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI), Amikaeyla unlocked her self-expression and healing in an intensive care burn unit after a near fatal hate crime.

Amikaeyla brings together artists and healers of all forms and from all specialties to promote healing and wellness through the arts & activism. She is often called by the United Nations and embassies worldwide into difficult scenarios to offer inter- cultural literacy and deep restorative justice work in support of transformative and peaceful solutions. Her Music As Medicine and work with at-risk children, youth and families has been utilized by the Department of Health & Human Services, American Psychological Association and United Nations High Commission on Refugees.

She is recipient of the United Nations Global Woman Award, the Voss Foundation Emerging Women Leaders Award, the Pioneer Award for Exemplary Leadership and Outstanding Service in Social Justice and Advocacy, and the International Hero for Peace and Forgiveness award.

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