Tary Chong





I graduated from Cal State East Bay in 2020 and received my BFA in Video and Animation. I have worked alongside folks with disabilities from previous jobs, including a Stanislaus County Community Service survey assistant. I helped to administer surveys to clients with disabilities and supported them with their surveys. This year, I recently teamed up with the nonprofit organization Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) to create promotional flyers for one of their community events. Currently, I am a graduate student at the Art Institute of SF and plan to obtain my Master of Arts (MA) in Sound Design. Now, I am also working as a freelance artist in collaboration with nonprofit organizations and marginalized communities. I want to continue working with marginalized communities and the organizations that support them by helping to dismantle bigotry and empower these communities through art.

How did you get involved with the Independent Living Movement?

A few months after attending a workshop on disclosing disabilities in work settings, the group facilitator, Camden Stein, emailed me about an intern/volunteer position at The Center for Independent Living (The CIL). I thought it'd be another excellent opportunity to offer my helpful hands and creativity skills to support a community often misrepresented in mainstream media. 

Fun Facts

  • I am a Gemini, an avid reader, an art enthusiast, a cat lover, and a proud plant parent. 

  • I enjoy tending to my mother's garden in my spare time, listening to podcasts and music (any genre, incredibly Lo-Fi), and watching shows and movies. 

Tary Chong
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