My name is Niki Gaines and I am from Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Ever since I was young, I have been completely immersed in the world of art, travel, and community service. I come from an artistic family and have followed in their footsteps through my passion for photography. With this interest in photography came a desire to expose myself to art across cultures and a variety of experiences. As I traveled throughout the United States and abroad, it became evident that I wanted to speak on social justice issues through my camera lens. Since a young age I dreamed of working at National Geographic as a photojournalist. It was not until college where I was exposed to a new world of experimental photography and participatory photography, which further fueled this desire. Studying community justice and policy studies alongside photography enhanced my understanding of the most effective ways for people to use art to create the change they wish to see in their own lives. I am also a Japanese studies minor and recently returned home from a semester abroad in Tokyo, where I immersed myself in Japanese culture and language. I am full of energy and thrive on new experiences, which is why I am so excited about this new experience with RxArt.
RxArt seemed like a fantastic opportunity as it allowed me to further understand the power of art to heal, and as a tool to reform the current health system. I look forward to being part of such an incredible and motivating organization, and changing the existing sterile nature of hospitals.