Tash Billington is a Philadelphia native who uses art as a way to heal, motivate, and give back to underserved communities. Tash specializes in visual art, spoken word, and engaging with community members. She is best known for assisting on largescale public mural projects. She can often be seen operating aerial boom lifts or maintaining a smooth flow during community paint days. Tash is currently working with Philadelphia Mural Arts, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and Amber Art and Design. Her motto is to enlighten, inspire, and elevate.
Philly Natives is an archive of street portraits of people born and raised in Philadelphia. The series pays homage to those who have survived various obstacles and injustices such as poverty, violence, racism, classism, over-incarceration, and the public school-to-prison pipeline. This series represents a rejection of the outsider’s gaze. We define ourselves. I use photography and conversation to acknowledge the beauty and resilience often overlooked in the people of this city.