Kapi’olani (Pio) Lee is a visual artist and seasoned arts educator. A graduate of the MFA Cinema program at San Francisco State University, she developed her arts education practice as a digital storytelling and media literacy instructor in the Bay Area. Through her partnerships with a diverse array of nonprofit and youth-outreach programs dedicated to social justice and cultural equity, she has helped create and support youth-centered curriculum and arts programming that value inclusion, accessibility, ownership, and intergenerational collaboration.
As a practicing artist working with contemporary Pacific Islander-centered narratives and themes, Kapi’olani has screened several short films at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, AlterSpace Gallery, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. She has also been a guest lecturer on Pacific Islander media-making at City College of San Francisco, De Anza College, and the University of Washington.