Mic Boekelmann was born in Quezon City, Philippines, raised in Germany, Israel, and the U.S., and is currently based in Princeton, New Jersey. Her drawings and paintings express what makes people who they are. After being accepted to the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, Mic focuses on the Pilipino American pamilya and her roots, which got lost due to cultural assimilation. She incorporates the Manila envelope, which was originally made from Manila hemp or abacá, into her drawings. This was inspired by her mother’s memories of growing up in Bicol where she saw workers process abacá fibers. Mic’s work has been shown at the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, Phillips Mill, Trenton City Museum, Sardenhaus Munich, and is part of the permanent Campus Collection at Princeton University.