Chanika Svetvilas is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes narrative and lived experience as a way to create safe spaces, to disrupt stereotypes and to reflect on contemporary issues as a cultural worker. she has presented her interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary installations at the annual College Art Association Conference, CUNY Hunter College, Stony Brook University and exhibited at the Denver International Airport, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, ABCNoRio, Brooklyn Public Library, Westbeth Gallery, Islip Art Museum, Asian Arts Initiative, and the Wexner Center for the Arts among others. Her work is also included in Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction by Petra Kuppers. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Svetvilas is also the co-founder of ThaiLinks, a collective that was based in New York City dedicated to increasing awareness about Thai issues and the Thai American community and co-founder of the biennial Thai Takes film festival, the first Thai film festival in New York State.