Art Director

Candace is the art director of Sojourners. She came to Sojourners as the online/multimedia assistant during Cycle 36 of the Sojourners Fellowship Program. In her role as art director, she is committed to commissioning a diverse range of talent to shape the artistic voice of Sojourners. She holds to the belief that print is not in fact dead, but is experiencing a renaissance that will catapult it into the future. Currently, Candace enjoys cultivating communities both online and offline where people of color are celebrated and affirmed. She loves art museums, flower bouquets, researching niche internet lore, and wearing a good pair of pants. 

Candace earned her B.A. in visual communication design and sociology from Kent State University, where she developed a passion for people and social justice. She came to D.C. by way of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Creators Out of Absence: The Sacred Materials of Black Artists

by Candace Sanders 02-27-2020

Image via Candace Sanders. 

When who you are has been defined by outside representatives, to keep from slipping away you have to grasp onto what is tangible, what is real, what you know to be you. There is a consistent reconciliation of self, from you to your audience, you to your work, and you to yourself.

'WAVES' Shows the Real-time Ripple Effect of Trauma

by Candace Sanders 11-19-2019

Image via 'Waves' trailer 

Every moment feels true to life, and the literal waves — the peaks of emotion and the sinking tragedies — carry viewers up and down, a rhythm as unpredictable as it as captivating. WAVES is a film for 2019, that does not shy away from the music and actions of teenagers living in 2019.

PHOTOS: As Scotus Hears DACA Arguments, Thousands Gather to Demand Protections

by Candace Sanders 11-12-2019

Image via Candace Sanders/Sojourners 

The DACA oral arguments drew thousands of protesters, DACA recipients, faith leaders, and organizers to the steps of the Supreme Court.

PHOTOS: Faith Leaders Engage in Civil Disobedience for Refugees

by Candace Sanders 10-16-2019

On Oct.15, faith leaders, human rights groups, refugees, and the former Assistant Secretary of State Anne C. Richard came together to hold a major action on Capitol Hill in protest of the current administration's 80 percent cut to the refugee admissions program. 

PHOTOS: Youth Activists Lead the Global Climate Strike in D.C.

by Candace Sanders 09-20-2019

On Sept. 20, youth activists led a climate strike march in Washington, D.C. in solidarity with millions of other young people striking around the world today. Thousands of youth organizations, activists, and protesters gathered at John Marshall Park and marched to the Capitol to mobilize action for the current climate crisis. Today's global climate strikes kick off an upcoming week of international climate action that will address the necessary steps towards change. These are photos from the event. 

Activists Rally Behind 'Second Look' Amendment Act for Incarcerated Youth

by Candace Sanders 09-16-2019

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The Second Look Act is the third iteration of the IRAA — a 2106 D.C. Council created law that addresses issues of young offenders in the District. IRAA’s 2016 version provided relief and reconsideration for juveniles that were tried as adults — those who had served at least 20 years and had not yet qualified for parole — could petition to have their sentences reduced by the superior court. The revised 2019 version of the law would allow juveniles who’d served 15 years, as well as those who’d been denied parole, the ability to request a sentence reduction. 

PHOTOS: Traveling Interactive Art Brings Attention to Workplace Harassment

by Candace Sanders 09-10-2019

On Sept. 10, women's advocacy groups, survivors of workplace harassment, women's rights organizations, and other advocates partnered with Washington, D.C. artist Yacine Tilala Fall to create an interactive art installation designed to direct attention the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act — the first comprehensive federal legislation that addresses workplace harassment. These are photos from the gathering.