Born and bred in Arima, 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 arts, education and cultural exchange non-profit organization, For Common Good Platform -
an organization which aspires to be known as a leading global platform that uses the art of storytelling to showcase the goodwill, creative capital and genius of those committed to social change.
Through my social enterprise, East Yard Enterprises, I was able to offer an artistic hub in East-Trinidad for six years - which has now changed direction to:
1) Providing creative consultancy services to non-profits and cultural organizations
2) Presenting the Arima Arts Festival
3) Managing my own creative career which includes my work as a socially-engaged visual and performing artist, author, designer and speaker
With almost 20 years of local, regional and international marketing and communications experience in the hospitality, education, creative and non-profit sectors - over the years I've been involved with and led several projects that have provided opportunities for arts and culture practitioners in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the United States.
With each year bringing its own milestones, 2019 stands out as career defining as it allowed me push beyond my creative comfort zone. I had the opportunity to take on the role of an 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.
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 globe to the United States to meet with U.S. based innovators in the field.
As a speaker, I've regularly been invited to panel discussions in the areas of arts, creative enterprise and social change and was a speaker on The Thread: Conversations Beyond the Return, Virtual Summit, Volume 6 - a popular conversation series during Covid-19 lockdown, which gathered the most formidable black thinkers, leaders, movers, and doers in Africa and the diaspora for dynamic conversations presented by Tastemakers Africa, which attracted thousands of attendees.
In more recent years, I've provided online guest lectures to graduate and postgraduate students at the University of the Arts London - London College of Communication and the University of the Underground, headquartered in Amsterdam and London.
I continue to channel my creativity through many outlets, including the publication of my book, THINGS I LEARNED IN MY THIRTIES: Motivational Musings for Creative Millennials in 2022 and from 2022-present as a visual artist, exhibiting locally at The Rotunda Gallery, East Yard and the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; at the Believer’s Club in St Vincent and the Grenadines and at HOMME, Washington D.C.
In April 2023, for significant contributions to the Royal Chartered Borough of Arima, I received an Individual Civic Award for Art, from the Mayor and Arima Borough Council.
Selected Recent Professional Highlights
January - Special Guest Lecturer, University of the Arts London - London College of Communication, MA Design Management. Delivered virtual session on Networking.
October - Exhibited at and co-curated the 'Same Difference' Cross Cultural Exhibition at HOMME Gallery, Washington D.C.
September -Together with Kenrife Matthias hosted the 'I AM' Experiment Conference at The Believers Club in St Vincent and the Grenadines and curated and exhibited in the corresponding 'Where Horse Reach Exhibition.'
July - 'I AM' by Kevon Gareth Foderingham - the debut solo art exhibition held at East Yard, Arima.
July - Published 'THINGS I LEARNED IN MY THIRTIES: Motivational Musings for Creative Millennials.
January - Together with Jamie J. Philbert, curated 'Crick Crack: From Sea to See,' the permanent exhibition at Maple House - Canadian High Commission, Port-of-Spain.
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.