Maia Scott

Maia Scott is a blind performance artist, labyrinth facilitator, massage therapist, and educator. She teaches accessible theater and art at City College in SF.

Nominator: “Maia is a woman who is blind and has used this disability to help others with differences to realize their abilities. […] Currently, Maia is writing a book that includes tactile labyrinths that will soon be published by the Printing House for The Blind. She is an extraordinary woman of compassion who has made it her life work to ensure all people are treated with dignity. … Maia is just the type of individual who deserves the title ‘Changemaker’.”

A woman with long brown hair uses her elbow to massage a Labrador dog lying on a table. The portrait has fine detail to suggest texture and depth.
Maia Scott by Nancy Chisholm, acrylic paint on canvas, 11 x 14 inches, 2019

IMAGE: A woman with long brown hair uses her elbow to pretend to massage a Labrador dog lying on a table. The portrait has fine detail to suggest texture and depth.

Nancy Chisholm from ArtReach Studios was raised throughout her childhood years in the Chinatown district of San Francisco, where her parents owned a fish delivery business. She first became exposed to art practice at school in traditional drawing courses where she found a liking for portraiture and landscape. Since then Nancy has taken many art classes, and found a love for watercolor and painting during classes she took in college.