Hi! We’re Ari and Shira Evergreen, queer creatives based in Ithaca, New York  who collaborate with nonprofits, arts organizations, activists, and socially-conscious small businesses. We live and work in a solar-powered, energy-efficient house with our two kids and three cats.

Hi! We’re Ari and Shira Evergreen, queer creatives based in Ithaca, New York who collaborate with nonprofits, arts organizations, activists, and socially-conscious small businesses. We live and work in a solar-powered, energy-efficient house with our two kids and three cats.

We Offer

  • Film Production
  • Logos and Branding
  • Illustration
  • Web Design & Consulting
  • Social Media Graphics
  • Books, Invitations, Programs, Postcards, Placards, and more
Shira was the official artist of Ithaca Festival 2018. Her original designs were available for purchase on t-shirts and buttons at Wegmans, Sunny Days of Ithaca, the Cornell University Campus Store, and at merchandise booths during the festival, June 1-3, in downtown Ithaca, NY.
Shira was the official artist of Ithaca Festival 2018. Her original designs were available for purchase on t-shirts and buttons at Wegmans, Sunny Days of Ithaca, the Cornell University Campus Store, and at merchandise booths during the festival, June 1-3, in downtown Ithaca, NY.

Video Production

Shira creates documentaries and promotional videos for nonprofits, universities, arts organizations, activists, and socially-conscious small businesses.

  • "We have been working with Shira and Ari since about 2011. In that time, they have designed many projects for us, from mailings and short documents to art for our annual gala to a resource book over 100 pages long. They are easy to work with - very responsive to our feedback and extremely forgiving of last-minute changes we send them - and dedicated; they have often gone out of their way so that we can have a project ready to go on schedule. It's a pleasure working with them."

    — Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson, Director of Education, T'ruah

    "Shira is magic. She takes our ideas and turns them into vivid designs that usually exceed our expectations. For example, we came up with some quotes for placards. They were great quotes. But Shira took great quotes and made them dazzle on paper in a way that's had people ask us where they could get some for themselves. Shira designs with lightning speed, precision, and friendliness that make her a joy to work with.”

    — Ayelet Hines, Former Communications Director, T’ruah
  • "Shira and Ari are two of my favorite artivists I know. I value their style, skill, and passion for justice. Over the past many years, I have been part of numerous initiatives that have gone to them for design support including Congo Square Market, the MLK Jr. Freedom Walkway, Ithaca Festival, Statewide election campaigns, numerous projects for the Multicultural Resource Center, and most recently for Ithaca Murals. I can tell you without hesitation, that I recommend their services. Justice organizing isn't just a day job for Shira and Ari. It is their everyday life choices. They are top notch. Cutting edge. The bee's knees. Hot to trot. Amazing leaders on the rise!”

  • “Ari created Civic Ensemble's logo, marketing design package, and our website. I couldn't be happier with the result. From the early brainstorming stage to the final touches, he guided us through the process, listened to our feedback, and really captured who we are as a company. If you are looking for graphic designers who are creative, caring, and professional, you need look no further than Ari and Shira."

    — Sarah Chalmers, Director of Civic Engagement and Co-Artistic Director, Civic Ensemble
  • "To find graphic designers who are not only talented at their craft, but who are also committed to making the world a better place was not easy. But we found it with Shira. She was not only flexible, knowledgeable, and responsive, she was also excited about our publication and this guided her to make it even better than we could have anticipated."

  • "Ari  took the time get to know our organization, listen to our needs, and ask pointed questions to gather the information for the first round of logo options. The options presented were creative and varied widely in style, allowing us to see the many possibilities available for representing our organization. Throughout the process Ari was very patient as we worked to come to a decision, and responded quickly to any changes we requested. He was a pleasure to work with and proved to be competent in all aspects of our logo design project."

  • "It was a pleasure working with Shira on the 2016 and 2017 Ithaca Festival programs. She is responsive, reliable, and professional while keeping the working dynamic fun and easy. I absolutely love her style and was consistently appreciative by how well she was able to manifest our vision in her designs. I would recommend Shira and Ari Evergreen to anybody!"

  • "Shira made our first promotional materials for The Bioscience Resource Project, informational postcards. It has been a pleasure working with both Shira and Ari over the years. We value their deep commitment to a healthy society and a healthy planet, as well as their commitment to their clients."

    "Ari worked to help me get started with social media and has since then helped us keep our websites up to date and functional. Ari has been effective and constructive in delivering that work. Thanks Ari!"

  • "At the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), we had such a wonderful experience working with Ari to design logos for two of our anchor programs, The Talking Circles on Race and Racism and the Ultimate ReEntry Opportunity Initiative. Ari expertly translated our programs’ vision and spirit into bold and distinctive logos, and made the design process both focused and fun. Equally important, we were grateful to share core values and principles with Ari and Shira, and to know that Ari easily understood how and why MRC builds community and works for social justice, and how these graphic design projects were critical to moving our work forward."

  • "Shira designed the invitations and visual identity for the 2017 Words Without Borders Gala. We were impressed by her ability to listen to our feedback and integrate our ideas into her creative vision. The design concept we ended up with was artwork in itself. Shira was professional, responsive, and able to accommodate last-minute changes on a tight deadline. We would definitely recommend her work to others.”

  • "Shira Evergreen has assisted Sustainable Tompkins with our marketing campaign for the Finger Lakes Climate Fund by shooting and editing a series of video cameos of those using the Fund. Shira organized the film shoots, took additional footage to enhance the storytelling experience, added music, text, and logos to create a compelling and highly professional package of marketing materials. We are excited to be working with her on this project, and look forward to further collaboration. Shira made a strong impression on our Board of Directors with her leadership in creating Share Tompkins and helping the Ithaca Freeskool develop important infrastructure for collaborative consumption. We are delighted to welcome her to our Board of Directors, and to work with her in organizing screenings of her film Empowered through our Finger Lakes Bioneers film series. Shira is very organized and skilled in her approach to marketing and outreach, and very responsive to input from clients."

  • "Working with Shira has felt like a partnership between their business and our organization. She is invested in the work we do and remains committed to supporting our needs in a variety of ways – from illustration and design to leading a youth video workshop. Because she has experience in many of the facets of our work – curriculum, website, and youth development – she has an understanding of our goals, priorities, and resources that we would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. We have been particularly impressed with her commitment to helping our vision to take flight in a highly visual manner."

  • "Shira and Ari are able to conceive of and execute creative ideas throughout every step of the filmmaking process - from designing and authoring promotional materials for print and the web to cutting trailers to composing music. We considered Shirari to be an integral part of our film's creative team and I would work with them again without hesitation on almost any part of a film's creation."

    — Filmmaker Beth Davenport
  • "We worked with Ari to design an arts and mindfulness workbook for youth in detention. Lineage Project creates and manages a comprehensive arts and mindfulness after-school program at Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx, New York. Our intention in creating this workbook was to capture the essence of our program in a youth-friendly and highly visual format, so that the skills and lessons from our programming could be accessible to youth during non-program hours and after they had left the facility. Ari worked with us to design whimsical and colorful illustrations to engage our youth in the content of the text. He was very accommodating and pleasant to work with, and we are excited by the end product. Since the completion of the book, one of our partners purchased 1,000 copies of the book to distribute to vulnerable youth throughout New York City - no doubt Ari's design played a major role in the success of this project."

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More About Shira

Shira Golding Evergreen is a documentary filmmaker, graphic designer, writer and musician. She is the 2018 Ithaca Festival Artist. Her film Empowered: Power from the People (2012) screened at environmental film festivals around the country and abroad and was described by author Bill McKibben as “a remarkable ground-up account of the revolution that’s really starting to alter things on this earth.” Shira graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University and then moved to New York City with Ari, where she worked as Director of Education and Outreach for Arts Engine, directing the Media That Matters Film Festival (best nonprofit/green website SXSW 2005) and traveling around the country to speak about grassroots film distribution, youth filmmaking and media justice. After moving to Ithaca in 2008, Shira co-founded Share Tompkins, which facilitates sharing culture in Tompkins County, NY and was featured in The New York Times and Yes! Magazine. Shira’s design won the competition for the Ithaca Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Walkway, and the placards she made for T’ruah have appeared at protests around the country. Her photography has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum and on numerous websites including Engadget, NPR, TreeHugger and FILE Magazine. She has served on the boards of MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival and Sustainable Tompkins.

Complete Filmography and Resume

More About Ari

Ari Evergreen is a trans web designer, illustrator, graphic designer and consultant. He received a B.A. in Anthropology from Cornell University in 2002. He was the graphic designer for Jill Stein’s 2016 campaign for the US Presidency, as well as Howie Hawkins’s campaign for Governor of New York in 2014. Ari served as the Director of Communications for freeDimensional, a non-profit that assisted culture workers facing censorship, and as the Secretary of the Socialist Party NYC Local. His illustration work has been published in Socialist Women,The Socialist, Vegan for Her: The Women’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, and Fair Trade from the Ground Up: New Markets for Social Justice by April Linton. Ari did the animation for Shira’s film, Empowered: Power from the People, as well as for the documentary (A)sexual (Netflix, Hulu). He has served on the board of Durland Alternatives Library.

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