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KEVON FODERINGHAM

Kevon Foderingham is a social entrepreneur, marketing and communications executive and life strategies coach with over 16 years international and regional experience in the hospitality, education, public health and non-profit sectors.

A former restaurant manager and aspiring public relations professional in the UK, Kevon became immersed in development work upon his return to Trinidad in 2005 and has since functioned as a youth career enhancement facilitator at the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme, Program Administrator at the Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute and served for over six years as Marketing and Communications Manager at PSI-Caribbean, the regional headquarters of global public health non-profit PSI, tasked with leading the organization's public health marketing and communications efforts in 11 Caribbean countries.  

 

An avid supporter of local culture and all things youth, Kevon has been involved with and led several projects in Trinidad that have provided a platform for young local talent such as R.A.S.H. Magazine (2008-2011), the talent showcase, Euphorum (2009-2010) and sat on the board of the Trinidad chapter of the YMCA (2005).

He recently sat for three years on the board of the Indigenous Creative Arts Network (ICAN), part of the IDAKEDA Group which is responsible for the Kambule Reenactment during Trinidad’s Carnival and currently sits on the board of the Trinidad and Tobago Bridge Initiative, the entity responsible for the Caribbean’s premier transformational festival, NEW FIRE Festival.
      
In 2016 Kevon founded and currently serves as Executive Director of Caribbean Fashion & Arts Feature Festival (CFAFF), a non-profit arts education and promotion organization, incorporated with the mission to utilize the arts to directly address social issues affecting young people primarily in East Trinidad. Each year CFAFF also hosts its multifaceted fashion-film and arts festival which has screened and honored the best fashion related films from the region and beyond and has been featured in Vogue Italia. Through CFAFF Kevon has been able to spearhead and collaborate on community rejuvenation initiatives through large scale mural projects at the Arima Velodrome, Arima Amphitheater, Clayton Ince Football Field in Maloney, St Mary's Children's Home, Maloney Government Primary School, Malabar Community Centre and a community play park in La Horquetta bringing together some of Trinidad and Tobago's established and up and coming artists.
 
Kevon is also founder of EAST YARD, which was created to serve as a physical creative hub to connect and engage the local community through the arts on a regular and ongoing basis and serves as the home for several CFAFF arts education programs as well as exhibitions and various creative events that have been held in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts, Animae Caribe and Bocas Lit Fest, to name a few.

Added to this and as a tribute to his mother Violet who passed away in 2014, Kevon created the jewelry and fashion brand Green Violet, which has gone on to establish a loyal clientele, has been featured in a local beverage campaign and has been worn by Caribbean celebrities such as Barbadian Soca star Rupee, among others. 

In 2019, Kevon was an Associate Producer and the Production Designer for local feature film, Queen of Soca, which opened the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2019 and also served as curator of ‘Lived In,’ Trinidad and Tobago’s host country contemporary art exhibition for CARIFESTA XIV. 

 

Most recently, he was selected to participate in the sought after International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program that allows current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields to experience the US firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. The theme of the program was “Promoting Social Change through the Arts.” 
 

©2020 by Kevon Foderingham.