Fariha TayyabStorytelling, Creative writing, & Photography
Fariha Tayyab is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from Houston. As a writer and photographer, she often identifies as a storyteller who uses her creative writing and documentary photography to create and share narratives with others.
After completing her Creative Writing degree from the U. of Houston, Fariha pursued a teaching license and has been practicing both her art and teaching for more than a decade. She has worked with elementary and high school students of all backgrounds in three states and three countries. In her early teaching years, she set up an E.S.L. program in Haiti and hosted her own creative writing summer camp for elementary-aged students. Since relocating to Columbus, she has been training various institutions around equity work including larger clients such as the city of Columbus, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Columbus Urban League, and Columbus City Schools.
In Columbus, she has facilitated creative writing workshops with Healing Broken Circles at a correctional agency, Thurber House for school-aged campers, and Girl Scouts regional and national. Additionally, her sessions around art and social change have taken place at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, the Girl Scouts National Conference, Making Midwest, and Gathering all Muslim Artists, to name a few.
Recently, she was awarded a Creative Aging residency alongside professional development with the Ohio Arts Council focused on older adult populations. She has also been awarded multiple grants for public art projects with the Ohio Arts Council and ongoing professional and marketing development from Greater Columbus Arts Council. She has also participated in Lincoln Theatre’s Artist incubation program and the United Way Neighborhood Leadership Academy; and ongoing courses at Arkansas Art Center and New York Institute for photography.
Her writing, poetry, and photography has been shared in multiple journals, including Columbus Alive, The Eater, Matter news, and an anthology. Her spoken word has been performed venues including the Columbus Museum of Art with YWCA, Natalie’s Coal-fired Pizza for International Women’s Day, Lincoln Theatre, and Zora’s House.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-4
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adults
- Older Adults
Videos courtesy of the teaching artist