Melanie Tan is an independent animator, and comic artist living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Growing up as a Cambodian girl in a predominantly white neighborhood, Melanie’s work focuses on safe spaces and making your own home using bright colors, soft shapes, and cozy textures. In 2017 she received the Emerging Student Leadership award for her work with Loop Groop, a student run organization that aims to make animation accessible through short looping sequences. She brings those themes and characteristics to her work within Youth and Media, making the reports, articles, and presentations visually appealing and approachable. Melanie currently studies animation at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.