My Vision Statement I imagine a world whereall people identify as creatives. Creativity is as essential to our lives as breathing. Creativity allows us to be shapers of our world and build confidence in our agency to manifest the changes we want to see in it. I imagine a world whereBLACK LIVES MATTER. I had the opportunity to grow up in a home that reinforced how important I was through the books read to me, conversations that occurred daily, and art that covered the walls in my home. I was Black, I was divine, beautiful, insightful, creative, worthy, and empowered . I envision a world where Black Life is celebrated for its resilience, credited for its contributions, and admired for its humanity. I envision a world where all black people are empowered to share their stories as emotionally as they choose. I imagine a world where art is produced and taught publicly to all. Art in public spaces is the best kind of art. I believe that we can create a world where sidewalks are covered in chalk drawings, dance happens in offices, and we gather to listen to stories told as we wait for trains. We have the ability to make our world magical through small acts of creativity.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS: I am happy to share that I have been selected for a 2020-2021 CREATEWELL AWARD to co-develop my project TRACES/REMAIN. I am so grateful for this opportunity to this incredible organizations that places priority on supporting an artists health and wellness first.
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) selected me to be one of the first recipients of the Creative City Boston Artist Development Award. This award allows me to investigate how I document my work as an artist and discover new practices for sharing media. Thanks to this grant, I was able to launch this website! Also In 2020, I was selected by NEFA as a finalist for the Creative City Artists Grant! This small finalist award gave me an opportunity to Pilot TRACES/REMAIN: Contagious Healing in Boston!