“Born and bred in Trinidad and Tobago, I'm fearless, fun-loving and determined and I've chosen the moniker of arts for social change advocate. I'm the executive director of non-profit organization CFAFF/For Common Good; founder of EAST YARD - where I carry out my curatorial practice; a personal brand visioning coach; the designer of the Green Violet apparel and accessories line; and a sapling of an artist with a budding socially engaged practice.
With almost 20 years of local, regional and international work experience in the hospitality, education, creative and non-profit sectors - over the years I've been involved with and led several projects in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean that have provided a foundation for arts and culture practitioners. Passionate about the arts, with a belief in the power of education and mission to connect people; In 2020 I launched a global platform created to support cultural diplomacy, build the capacity of cultural practitioners and promote social change through the arts, aptly dubbed FOR COMMON GOOD. I use my professional experience in marketing and communications and life coach training in my personal brand visioning practice - helping creative practitioners find and amplify the essence of their personal brands. It is this brand visioning work in particular that has been informing my socially engaged art practice dubbed 'The I AM Experiment.'
With each year bringing its own milestones, 2019 was career defining as it allowed me push beyond my creative comfort zone. I had the opportunity to take on the role of Associate Producer and the Production Designer for local feature film, Queen of Soca, which went on to open the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2019. Later that year I served as the curator of ‘Lived In,’ Trinidad and Tobago’s host country contemporary art exhibition for CARIFESTA XIV, which was showcased throughout the festival in the National Academy of the Performing Arts (NAPA) downstairs foyer.
Caribbean Festival of Arts, commonly known as CARIFESTA, is an international multicultural event organized on a periodic basis by the countries of the Caribbean
The icing on the cake of 2019 was being selected by the U.S. Embassy Port-of-Spain to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) - the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' premier professional exchange program. The IVLP builds mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. My particular exchange focused on promoting social change through the arts and brought me, together with a group of arts leaders from across the across the globe to the United States to meet with U.S. based innovators in the field.
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Selected Recent Professional Highlights
November - Special Guest Lecturer, University of the Arts London - London College of Communication, BA (Hons) Design Management. Delivered virtual sessions on Networking and Decolonization in Design.
October - University of the West Indies, St Augustine - Graduated with Distinction - Post Graduate Diploma, Arts and Cultural Enterprise Management.
August - Launched www.forcommongoodplatform.org, to support cultural diplomacy, build the capacity of cultural practitioners and promote social change through the arts - funded by the U.S. Embassy Port-of-Spain.
December - Guest Reviewer, Steve McQueen's Small Axe - for Know Your Caribbean in collaboration with Amazon Prime video.
December - Moderator, Snow Globe: Connecting the World through the Arts,Virtual Webinar - for Mississippi Consortium for International Development (MCID) Washington.
October - Associate Lecturer, New Politics and Afrofuturisms - for the University of the Underground.
August - Speaker, The Thread: Conversations Beyond the Return, Virtual Summit, Volume 6 - presented by Tastemakers Africa.
September - Participant, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) - Washington D.C., Louisville, Los Angeles, Miami - the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' premier professional exchange program.
August - Facilitator, Art of YOU, Personal Branding for Creatives Workshop - for the Journey Round Myself Symposium hosted by the University of the West Indies, Department of Creative and Festival Arts at CARIFESTA XIV.
August - Curator, ‘Lived In,’ Trinidad and Tobago’s host country contemporary art exhibition for CARIFESTA XIV - coordinated by the National Museum & Art Gallery.
May - Associate Producer and Production Designer, Queen of Soca the Movie - Written and Directed by Kevin Adams.