Inspirational Artist, Author & Community Advocate
Annie Ruth is an internationally respected artist and arts educator based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her work positively influences audiences in Europe, Africa, and throughout the United States. For over 30 years, she has been stirring up her gift to impact the world. She uses innovative strategies to make the arts experience both rewarding and relevant.
She is an award-winning author who has published over twenty-five volumes of poetry, books and articles for both children and adults. Her arts and education curriculum sets are used in educational and cultural institutions across the country.
Annie Ruth earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University in San Diego, California. In 2001, she established Eye of the Artists Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 public charity to connect more arts programming and arts education to underserved communities. She is the founder of Dada Rafiki, pronounced (DAH-Dah RAH-fee-kee), a special celebration of women that acknowledges their contributions through visual art, poetry, song and dance. Dada Rafiki means “sister friend” in the Kiswahili language of East Africa. Annie Ruth has empowered young women and girls through her conferences and workshops since 1999, has celebrated, and honored women in Cincinnati through her art and cultural programming since 2005.
Annie Ruth is an award-winning visual artist/poet who creates work that celebrates th