Selected Curation and Performance
O:O stands for "othered others." This phrase recognizes black people who feel marginalized or even persecuted within the black community, the arts community, and the black arts community. This was a 2-day festival of all mediums. A celebration of radical Black joy!
2018 O:O Our Black Arts Festival
2017 NYC Poetry Festival
I was an invited artist at the NYC Poetry Festival where my Mushroom Muses and I (Mother Hawkmoth) sold my illustrations and performed poetry accompanied by improvisational dance and audience participation.
2017 EP Release for Kingsley Ibeneche
I curated an EP Release debut and party for Kingsley Ibeneche at the Circle of Hope Gallery Space. In addition to Kingsley Ibeneche's performance, the night included two opening acts by Lauren Scott and Echelon the Seeker, various dance performances, and a dance party!
2017 Black Arts Festival
For 3 years I have curated the annual Black Arts Festival in Philadelphia, PA. It is a multi-day event with a gallery exhibition, musical performances, monologues, and poetry. The Black Arts Festival serves as a radical celebration of Black Joy to bring all people together to unite as a community, recharge, and celebrate Black Excellence.
In 2017 the festival was 2 days, February 3rd and 4th at the Circle of Hope Gallery Space in South Philadelphia. We had over 40 artists and over 500 people visit and celebrate with us.
2016 December Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation
For the Barnes Foundation's 2016 December Free First Sunday I brought in three performance groups that fit within the theme of "Sensation." I wanted to capture the diverse, and sometimes overwhelming, textures of the Barnes Foundation Collection through the percussion-based rhythm band, AveNoir, the zany performance art group Yackez, and internationally renowned Opera tenor, Richard Troxell.
2015 Millennium Oblivion
Millennium Oblivion was my first major curated event during my Sopomore year at the University of the Arts. The concept of the show was to have a major gallery and performance exhibition without the aid of the University. We had over 40 performance and visual artists, and over 200 people in attendence.