OUR TEAM

LEADERSHIP

Archives Director

keondra freemyn (she/her)

What do you make?
Poems, a way out of no way, and space for me, you, yo momma, and yo cousin, too in archival scholarship and practice. 

What is the future?
Now.

Where were you born?
Los Angeles, CA and reborn in mid-aughts Bed-Stuy. 

Where are you based?
PG County, Maryland

Where do you belong?
Glacier National Park and in the [digital] stacks. 

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Tina Campt, Sonia Sanchez, and my maternal grandmother

Wikipedia Director

eliza myrie

What do you make?
Sculptures and prints

What is the future?
Is there a future?

Where were you born?
New York

Where are you based?
Chicago

Where do you belong?
By the sea

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Sylvia Wynter, Lorraine O’Grady, Lenny Briscoe, Tracy Morgan

Finance + Operations Managing Director

Viva Yeboah

What do you make?
Styling those numbers and peaceful moments.

What is the future?
Unfolding everyday

Where were you born?
New Orleans

Where are you based?
Atlanta

Where do you belong?
Hmmmmm figuring that out

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Helina Metaferia, Rutina Wesley, Maryse Condé, 
Mia Young aka Mia X

STAFF

Digital collections manager

Marian Ekweogwu

What do you make?
Words and laughter.

What is the future?
A dark place waiting for the light each person can bring.

Where were you born?
Springfield.

Where are you based?
Los Angeles.

Where do you belong?
A clean but crowded study, with a slight reek of old books and recently smoked herbs.

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler, The widow Kang from The Years of Rice and Salt, and the One.

Development Specialist

Laurie Germain (they/them)

What do you make?
I make words dance. I make homes. I make spaces for queer and trans 2nd gen migrants to contemplate their contemporary experiences of our ancestral cultures.

What is the future?
The future is what we make of today, namely: abolition and intentional response to climate change. 

Where were you born?
The U.S, but for all intents and purposes — Haiti.

Where are you based?Brooklyn, NY

Where do you belong?
I belong in the water and other liminal spaces. I belong where care and tenderness are eager to receive me. I belong wherever there is opportunity to create for & with my community.

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Akwaeke Emezi, Eloghosa Osunde, Ehime Ora, and some friends I equally admire!

kearra

Wikipedia Assistant

Kearra Gopee

What do you make?
Installation/video/photo/writing.

What is the future?
The present.

Where were you born?
Miami, FL.

Where are you based?
Los Angeles, CA.

Where do you belong?
Nowhere, really.

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Zoé Samudzi, Belkis Ayón, M. Jacqui Alexander, Dionne Brand.

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Finance & Operations Assistant

Ericha Hernandez

What do you make?Numbers make sense

What is the future?
A place where everyone belongs and is accepted

Where were you born?Bethlehem, PA

Where are you based?
Apex, NC

Where do you belong?Wherever my family is

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks, Toni Morrison

SHAWNÉ

Digital Developer and Technology Manager

SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY

What do you make?
I create software and other interactive frameworks.

What is the future?
“right now and right now and right now and right now”

Where were you born?
In the midwestern countryside.

Where are you based?Richmond, Virginia

Where do you belong?
“In the midst.”

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Eartha Kitt, Bozoma Saint John, Romi Crawford, Adina Porter

Archives Intern

Kyle Irwin

What do you make?
moments into memories

What is the future?
a space for kids to create

Where were you born?
Los Angeles, CA

Where are you based?
Atlanta, GA

Where do you belong?
outside soaking up the sun

Fantasy League Roundtable:
bell hooks, Toni Morrison, Warsan Shire, and my roommate Vi!

Transcriber

Miwa Lee

What do you make?
Primarily drawings, food, and messes, but I also enjoy experimenting with whatever media I can get my hands on.

What is the future?
In my experience, it is a number of wonderfully fickle potential realities that no one is entitled to experience but everyone is obligated to do what they can to improve.

Where were you born?
Chicago, IL

Where are you based?
Chicago, IL

Where do you belong?
Wherever I am needed.

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Fredrick D. Kakinami Cloyd, Nnedi Okorafor, Sadhguru, Indya Moore

C Bay

Archives Assistant

C. Bay Milin (he/him)

What do you make?
photographs, memories, mistakes, coffee

What is the future?
observation, conversation, preparation, exploration

Where were you born? 
san francisco bay area

Where are you based?
durham, north carolina

Where do you belong?
in or near the water, meandering with curiosity in nature, city wander flea markets

Fantasy League Roundtable: 
stacey abrams, radha blank, blackquantumfuturism, ryan coogler

Wikipedia 2nd Assistant

Rasheed Peters

What do you make?
art contingent on beautifully mundane memories

What is the future?
more than we could ever dream or conceive

Where were you born?  Spanish Town, Jamaica

Where are you based?
Chicago,IL

Where do you belong?
by the water

Fantasy League Roundtable: 
Cauleen Smith, Ebony G Patterson, Garrett Bradley, and Sir Steve Rodney McQueen

Comms Specialist

Dania Reyes (she/her)

What do you make?
Digital art, painting, people, and laughter.

What is the future?
A better place for you and me. 

Where were you born?
NYC

Where are you based?
DMV

Where do you belong?
Luquillo

Fantasy League Roundtable:
Nancy Morejon, Nicolas Guillen, Suzanne Cesaire, Cardi B, Meg thee Stallion

 
 
 
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Archives Assistant

Aja Scarlato (she/her)

What do you make? I make music by piano and violin, and colorful art through stitching — sewing, crochet, knitting, embroidery


What is the future?: Linked data

Where were you born? Chicago, IL

Where are you based? Tri-Cities, Michigan


Where do you belong? I belong wherever I choose to belong


Fantasy League Roundtable: I can’t keep it to just four! Top selections: Jordan Peele, Kegan Michael Key, President Obama, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

sylvan

inspiration

Sylvan Palm Valentine

What do you make?
robots, music

What is the future?
hoverboards for $1

Where were you born?
Chapel Hill, NC

Where are you based?
Chicago, IL

Where do you belong?
At the beach.

Fantasy League Roundtable:
to come…

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

co-Founder + board of directors

Heather Hart

What do you make?
echoes.

What is the future?
faith.

Where were you born?
Seattle

Where are you based?
Brooklyn

Where do you belong?
in the threshold.

Fantasy League Roundtable:
all of the folks on this page. <3

CO-FOUNDER + BOARD OF DIRECTORS

jina valentine

What do you make?
paper, ink, plans for future projects, and a small human (below)

What is the future?
a promise, a hope

Where were you born?
Philadelphia

Where are you based?
Chicago

Where do you belong?
nowhere

Fantasy League Roundtable:
children + elders

Board of Directors

Alice Gray Stites

Alice Gray Stites is Museum Director and Chief Curator at 21c Museum Hotels, a multi-venue museum now located in nine cities across the U.S. Stites curates exhibitions, site-specific commissions, and a range of cultural programming at all 21c Museum Hotels. Under Stites’s leadership, 21c has collaborated with artists and other cultural organizations worldwide, including Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, North Carolina Museum of Art, Speed Art Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Creative Capital Foundation, FotoFocus, Creative Time, ArtPrize, Pen & Brush, For Freedoms, EXPO Chicago, Warhol Museum, and others. Since opening in Louisville in 2006, 21c has presented over 100 exhibitions. Recently, Stites has curated Seeing Now; Albano Alfonso: Self-Portrait As Light; Labor&Materials, Fallen Fruit: The Practices of Everyday LifeThe Future is Female; Truth or Dare: A Reality Show; Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance; The SuperNatural; Refuge; This We Believe, and others.

Advisory council

Hasan Elahi

Hasan Elahi is an artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and the challenges of borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Sundance Film Festival, the Gwangju Biennale, and the Venice Biennale. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and The Colbert Report. Elahi has spoken about his work to a broad range of audiences such as Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, TED, and the World Economic Forum. His recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship, grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and he is a recipient of a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is currently Professor and Director of the School of Art at George Mason University.

Advisory Council

Sarah Workneh

In 2020, Sarah Workneh will mark 10 years as Co-Director at Skowhegan. Prior to her tenure, Sarah was the Associate Director of Ox-Bow, School of Art & Artists’ Residency for 9 years. Primarily focused on the educational program, and off-season programming with Alumni, Sarah leads all efforts to support artists in the expansion of their practices. Understanding the holistic nature of the program, Sarah oversees the admissions process, facilities usage and expansion under Skowhegan’s Master Plan, as well as the educational daily life on campus. Sarah has published a variety of texts — most recently an essay on participatory education and a catalog essay on radical education published by the New Museum. She serves on the boards of Colby College Museum of Art, RAIR in Philadelphia, and the Somerset County Cultural Planning Commission. She has just joined the Black Lunch Table as a member of the Founding Board of Directors and is currently partnering with Linda Goode Bryant & Project Eats to convert an urban farm to a food pantry in Brownsville, NYC.