Poornima Sukumar is a muralist, community artist, and illustrator. She uses wall painting as community engagement. For the past few years she has been using her public art projects to enable youth voices, to engage youth in peacemaking and to create awareness around social issues. She feels privileged to have worked on a variety of social causes and human welfare issues alongside government bodies, schools, corporates, restaurants, artist’s residencies and more.
Her recent projects include painting a library with rag-pickers children, a wall on the streets of Mumbai’s Red Light district with the daughters of sex-workers, she visited Nepal where she painted a wall with the children orphaned by the 2015 Earthquake, and she continues to create many small-scale projects in schools and juvenile facilities for at-risk young boys and girls throughout Bangalore.
Speaking is an important part of raising awareness and Poornima is a TEDx speaker who, alongside Shanthi Sonu, delivers awareness and sensitisation seminars to companies throughout India. Poornima has spoken at the LITMUS festival, which is an initiative of FYI (For Young India), aiming to create meaningful experiences for young Indians by combining arts, literature, and opportunities of Public interventions in communities. In July 2016, Poornima was invited to present the Aravani Art Project at the Global Youth Forum and she was hosted by the World Bank as a panellist for the LGBTQIA+ discussion in Washington DC.