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Arabella Grayson combines her passion for writing and the arts as curator of the touring exhibition "Two Hundred Years of Black Paper Dolls," which is based on her extensive collection of more than 300 Black paper dolls.

Arabella earned a master's degree in liberal studies from Mills College, and holds an undergraduate degree in public relations from San Jose State University. She studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Franciso. A talented writer and award-winning photographer, her work has appeared in numerous books, magazines and newspapers.  She is a contributing writer in Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady (SUNY Press, January 2009). To order or for additional information go to

To view the interview at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, go to

To hear the NPR interview,

Exhibit Traces Black History Through Paper Dolls, with News & Notes host Farai Chideya, click the link or go to and search by name.

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