POETIC SOCIETIES is an arts and healing technology network of visionaries who propose poetic-living and cultivating transnational celebratory memories as the most vital response to the historical divisions of human-kind. We consider poetry as a migrational transmedia memory that connects bodies beyond space and time. 

As a reciprocal mesh of life rooted in performance, music, meditation, and network media, POETIC SOCIETIES creates healing spaces that are inherently transcultural to bridge the distances between human bodies, lands, and senses of belonging with emphasis on experiences of migration. This includes programs that are created by and for individuals with experiences of gentrification, forced or volunteer migration, the heritage of migration, the fluidity in gender or race, and the fluidity in inhabiting cultures.   

POETIC SOCIETIES receives humans as poetic-beings, emerging in poetic environments. Our telepresence and multilocational educational and curatorial programs, participatory projects, and public interventions de-isolate ancestral and digital movements of resilience; create intersectional dynamics of solidarity; and hands over immortal acts of social justice to celebrate borderless lives.

At a time when traveling is less accessible than ever, our public bodies are most suppressed, and our global holistic connectivity is at its highest peak, POETIC SOCIETIES recognizes the importance of its work for its local and global communities as an essential contribution to the evolution of humanity.


Poetic Societies is a (501)c(3) nonprofit and an institutional extension of the  Iranian American Museum (IAM). Poetic Societies connects the isolated struggles of Iranians  to the global margins.

Poetic Societies is a constant practice and dialogue of decolonization of our tongues, minds, bodies, work habits, and lifestyles. We function in poetic cosmic times and spaces and are not obligated to the notions of time, productivity, and existence dictated by the white privilege including deadlines, perfections, and ideas of productivity and professionalism. 

As a collective of indigenous, immigrants, blacks, browns, queers, and non-conforming gender beings, we are healing from the experiences of complex and interconnected traumas and constantly practice setting boundaries to respectfully communicate our passions and needs.  For more information please read this.


All Poetic Societies’ contracts, agreements, and collaborations are executed from a space abundance. We value poetic currencies and receive humans as poetic-beings emerging in poetic environments.

Poetic Societies generates income through artistic, cultural, and educational services, partnerships, and grants.  We price our products and services on a sliding scale so fees are thereby reduced for those who have lower incomes.  We do not tolerate nor accept resources or partnerships from individuals and entities that sabotage intersectional and environmental justice.

Poetic Societies is a registered Art Space Sanctuary and requests the immediate determination of the  wide-ranging crime, violence, and assault on selective populations, including indigenous, Black, migrants, refugees, Muslims, Latinx, women, and LGBTQI+ communities, as well as artists, academics, scientists, and the press inside the US and across the global. Our residents stand together to build horizontal and non-hierarchical networks of meaningful inclusion and participation. Our mother-hub is Detroit, a resilient city of diverse immigrants. 


Founding Director/Curator, Ava Ansari
Ava  is a transmedia artist,  curator, educator, and community organizer.   Since 2010, Ava has been working with her body, language, telepresence and network technologies, and distant margins to choreograph transnational celebratory spaces and design tactical media that enable body-conscious modes of arts and policy making. She holds an MA in Arts and Public Policy from The New York University Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Media Studies from Allameh Tabataba’i University School of Communication in Tehran. Ava has worked in numerous contemporary art curatorial and educational roles in the US and Southwest Asia since 2007.

Sound Director, Salar Ansari 

Salar started his journey of tech and sound at age 14 in Tehran. Still a studio cat, he lives and works in Detroit as a sound engineer, producer, composer, educator, and DJ. Salar is the co-founder of Feeder Loft with Luis Resto, former manager of Transmat Record Label of Derrick May, and co-founder of Analog Room, an international electronic music residency in Iran and UAE.

Spatial Justice Director, Dr. Craig L. Wilkins

Recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars on African Americans in architecture, Craig is an architect, theorist, author, critic, and 2017 National Design Award Winner. His essay, “(W)Rapped Space: The Architecture of Hip Hop” (2006) is the first theoretical source that predicted the influence of hip hop on architecture. His first book, The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on race, space, architecture and music received a 2008 Montaigne Medal and 2009 National Indie Excellence Award.  https://www.clwilks.com/about