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Marginalized in Mind
(aka Marg.) is a globally operated creative advisory.

Currently, we’re organizing for a community project, working on our first product for early career artists, and having fun publishing art books.

Last updated JUNE 2024

Our director was asked to judge the 2024 Lucie Photobook Prize—for the second year in a row! Stay tuned.


We are teaming up with our partners at Free Juice to guest lecture during their mentorship program! Stay tuned.


Our director had the chance to judge two categories for Scholastics 2024 Art & Writing Awards.

APR 2024

We participated in Scope of Work's 2024 portfolio review for their photography members.

APR 2024

Intentional Agency invited us to guest lecture in their free photography workshop, alongside Max Hemphill and Kelly Elaine Garthwaite.

DEC 2023


Art Direction, Proofreading, Production

The Community Heroes project is a public, intergenerational art exhibition supported by Photoville that highlights local community activists, workers, and artists within the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods.

Through our partnership with Friends of Commodore Barry Park, Trellis Foundation and Fort Greene Conservatory we started improving their nomination process, artist rolodex, and storytelling sessions.  

We have joined the team at Wonderful Machine as a consultant!

nov 2023

Our director had the honor in presenting Book Publisher of the Year to Atelier EXB at The 20th Annual Lucie Awards!

OCT 2023

We participated in Diversity Photo's 2023 portfolio review.

SEPT 2023

Our director was asked to judge for the 2023 Lucie Photo Book Prize.

SEPT 2023

Our director was asked to participate in the LGBTQIAP+ Photography Grant, hosted by American Photographic Artists.

JULY 2023

Friends at Carleton University invited our director to join their guest lecture series.

MAR 2023


Photo Direction, Strategy, Content Production

NeueHouse is a creative ecosystem that artfully combines community, design, hospitality and programming together to encourage deep connections and innovation; from the original CBS Studios in Hollywood to the heart of New York City's Flatiron district.

We supported this partner by managing strategy for their editorial space, NeueJournal—in addition to the content capture, asset management, and social presence for the brand.

NYC Fotoworks hosted their annual portfolio review for local photographers—we were invited to participate.

OCT 2022

Our director spoke on the Instagram Live series: Honest Conversations hosted by Instagram's @design, alongside Laurise McMillian and Rachel Topping.

Oct 2022

Our director joined the founding team at Free Juice as an Art Director + Recruitment board member!

SEPT 2022

We participated in Diversity Photo's 2022 portfolio review.

SEPT 2022

Friends at Indigo Alliance invited our director to their intergenerational creative retreat Re/Union: Re-Editioning Black + Native Histories at Haystack School.

may 2022


Liaise, Marketing

Snap Collective is an innovative and unconventional publication for high quality art books. Their mission is to ensure that artists present their exceptional work in the form of art books without any financial constraints.

In our partnership with Snap Collective, we vowed to get 10 creatives' art books published in 2024.

Black Women Photographers hosted their first conference, #BWPsummit, and invited our director to review portfolios.

MAR 2022

Our director was asked by the photography department at Rochester Institute of Technology to join their Photo Panel & Portfolio Review.

SEP 2021

Our director was asked to participate in the 2019 AIGA NY Pride Month campaign.

JUNE 2021

Queer Design Club invited our director speak on their QX panel alongside Treavor Wagoner, Alex Chen, Micah Rivera, and Becca Brooker. Partnered with AIGA NY.

JULY 2020

Marg. (est. 2020) is the creative practice led by advisor, Chaya Howell.

The advisory is known for its mindfulness ideals and education-based approaches—leveling practical aspiration with rooted self-expectation. Its goal is to unify individuals and brands who seek to improve their creative output and future campaigns. Marginalized in Mind accomplishes this by providing counsel and resources through an extended rolodex of trusted photo editors, journalists, graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, art directors, advertising agencies, producers, retouchers, publications, and other thought leaders who share similar inclusivity intentions. Through Marginalized in Mind, Chaya also produces projects and products that challenge the social norms developed within the creative industry—encouraging collaboration and community oriented thought, as opposed to competition and isolated agendas.

For our company-style partners, we facilitate and liaise for their creative ventures. For our freelancer-style partners, we provide holistic support, reviews, edits, and artistic feedback.

Our capabilities:

· Creative direction
· Project management
· Website audit
· Photo editing
· Post-production management
· Portfolio review/audit
· Brand advisory
· 1-on-1 consultations

First... The Touchbase

You come to us with a desired project, idea, or collaborator.

Second... Little 3, Big 1

We provide three fleshed out ideas, with different trajectories and direction – you pick one!

Third... The Middle-men

We coordinate through the artistic process and help translate everyone's needs.

Four... Aftercare

We all have a little check-in!


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