Sarah Sandman

“My passion is bringing people together to create collective joy.”

  • Name: Sarah Sandman
  • Occupation: Design director, artist and activist
  • Contribution/Impact: Sarah Sandman is a Brooklyn-based design director, artist and activist creating experiences that amplify messages of social change.
  • Interesting Fact: Sandman’s work has been displayed at The Museum of the City of New York, The New York Historical Society, Smack Mellon, The Wassaic Project and The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.

Sarah Sandman is a Brooklyn-based design director, artist and activist creating experiences that amplify messages of social change. She is Head of Design for the media startup, WaitWhat. Sandman is also the founder and co-director of Brick x Brick, an art performance project that builds walls against and misogyny other injustices. She is a 2017 Senior TED Fellow and holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.  

Sandman’s other work includes the Gift Cycle, in which she helped neighboring U.S. communities exchange gifts of art during a cross country cycling journey. Sandman created and facilitated Hostos Hands Up, a collaboration between Hostos Community College’s Black Studies program and Media Design program to design protest signs for the NYC Millions March. Sandman’s work has been displayed at The Museum of the City of New York, The New York Historical Society, Smack Mellon, The Wassaic Project and The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. 

Videos of Sarah Sandman

The healing power of protest

TED & Lexus: Building Community with Artist Sarah Sandman

Using design to amplify our collective voice

Building social capital through design, gift exchange and long distance cycling

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