The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Ary’an Graham, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
Drum Roll, Please
Ary’an Graham is a musician, drum teacher, and college student from Princeton. She began
taking guitar lessons at Stages Music School in Princeton when she was just 8 years old, and now, at 21, teaches drum lessons at the school that shaped her.
For the past five years she’s been touring the East Coast with The One Voice Project, an anti-bullying and empowerment concert tour, and she’s also an advocate for Free2Luv, a national nonprofit whose mission is to end bullying.
Graham plays drums in the band Option 22 and, for the past 13 years, has been playing music with bass player and best friend Kayla McKinney, one of last year’s WV Living Wonder Women. Graham doesn’t only do musical tours, but also travels the state with Create Your State, inspiring and empowering community transformation through the arts. When she graduates from New River Community and Technical College, she plans to pursue music production.