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Alyssa Glassford is a self taught artist who loves to crush cans on the urban canvas. Signing their work as Humanity, this Saskatchewan native now calls Vancouver Island home. Humanity first picked up a spray can at the age of 13, but also works with acrylic, watercolour, airbrush, and mixed media. Named the "Emerging Cultural Leader" in a 2016 award from the City of Nanaimo, Humanity's street art can be seen around the city's downtown core as part of neighbourhood improvement and community projects, as well as commissioned murals.

The other half of the newly minted Humanity in Art duo is Lauren Semple. The driving force behind the non-profit side of the duo, this artistic activist loves building community through diverse arts and culture development. New to the spray art medium, they've caught up quickly with public pieces in Nanaimo signed as 'Unity'. A strong advocate for social justice, the LGBTQ2+ community, women's rights and the arts, Unity brings years of experience as an activist and organizer to the Humanity in Community Foundation.

Humanity in Art is a Nanaimo, BC art shop specializing in urban art, murals, custom work, prints, apparel, boards and guitars.  Our website is still under construction - keep checking back for updates, or follow us on social media @humanityinart.


We believe that art is the language of humanity. A medium of expression which allows for the communication of the intricate and complex emotions which make us inherently human. Through public art, we can engage the greater human collective, infuse environments with beauty, and create centrepieces for community.