Creator/Co-Curator. BEATSNBEANS is a monthly series hosted at coffee shops where creatives chat about art, music, the creative process and creative spaces. Grammy-nominated artist and producer KOKAYI moderates the discussions. The General Store Inc. curates the experience. SInce 2016 Beats N Beans has presented 14 sessions featuring 30 guests at 9 local coffee shops in Washington DC. In 2016 we were supported by the DC Office of Cable Television, Entertainment and Film. In addition we received a 2016 Awesome Foundation Grant. Recently BeatsNBeans was awarded a 2019 Sister Cities Grant to travel to the birthplace of coffee Addis Abba, Ethiopia to present and document their creative ecosystem.
BeatsNBeans first live stream took place at Maketto and featured Nigerian-American Artist Manny Wellz and HandGames Project producer OnRae Lateal.
BeatsNBeans guest Chad Clark of Beauty Pill chats it up with BeatsNBeans Host Kokayi at Uprising Cafe.
DJ Les Talusan sharing her favorite vinyl from Hawaii and her native Philippines at a Beats N Beans installment at the Colony Club.
Nu-Jazz artist Luke Stewart and Sustainable/Ethical Designer Tabassum Siddiqui chat with Kokayi about The Art of Improvisation.
Artist/Songwriter Babeo Baggins and singer/songwriter Aaron Abernathy were the featured guests for BeatsNBeans at Coffey Cafe.
Digital and Physical marketing asset used to promote the BeatsNBeans event at Maketto.
This was the second installment of the free Make. Do. Series partnership with DC Public Library.Resident Artifact was a community engagement event created for DC Public Library’s Petworth site. It centered around the narrative and meaning behind the things we collect. Our personal artifacts. These are simple basic items we collect as children We invited Petworth residents to submit these items and create an arts project around them. I collaborated with DC Artspace and Petworth Arts Collaborative.
Postcard used to promote Resident Artifact project.
Another installment of the free Make. Do. Series partnership with DC Public Library. Memories of My Mind Workshop featured book artist Jamila Fenton of Beat of the Blossoms. The workshop took place at Deanwood Public Library and invited the public to create a small collage book using personal family photos, objects and various craft items.
The Make.Do. Sessions were a free all ages monthly series featuring makers and doers sharing their stories on how they utilize the resources around them to create or do something new. The sessions were part interview, part workshop and all social. The series took place at Deanwood Public Library from March, 2015 to December 2015. The goals: To present an informaEve, educaEonal and engaging experience specifically for the residents of Ward 7 within their own community. To highlight and provide a platorm for makers and doers to share their stories and work. To empower people and communiEes to uElize the resources around them to innovate and design their own future. Sessions featured fashion designers, bloggers, visual artists and more.
Audience capture during fashion designer Rachelle Robinson of ChezChelle Designs.
E-Flier of Photographer/Visual Artist Ariane Gresson.
Photographer/Visual Artist Ariane Gresson post Make. Do. Session.
E flier for a special Make. Do. Session featuring Washington Improv Theater. They presented their free introductory workshop Improv for All.
Capture of attendees participating in the Washington Improv Workshop.
Attendees post second workshop with Washington Improv Theater.
Rakiyt Zakari, Owner and Creative Director of The Original David shared her truths, challenges and more as a business woman. She also engaged the audience in making their own versions of a David.
E-flier for Make. Do. Sessions featuring author and spoken word artist Raquel Brown.
E flier for Make. Do. Session featuring Community Philanthropist Mo Betta.
SOUND ADVICE is a professional development workshop series that focuses on providing essential tools, information and best practices needed to maintain and subsequently grow a professional career in music.
SOUND ADVICE SESSION I: IDENTITY
"When you have a lot of people telling you what you are and perceiving you in a certain way, it's difficult to find your own identity." - SIA
This first Sound Advice Session was all about assisting in honing in on who you are as an artist, at your core. How to identify how your messaging is at odds with your brand and frankly when you are at odds with yourself. Identity is key for branding, marketing and promotion. Everyone is engaging you according to their perceptions. Who are you? Do you know your brand identity? Once you have identified who you are as an artist, it makes it easy to make sound decisions about your career.
By using a DIY giant polaroid frame my creative partner/photographer Kimberly Gaines and I scoured our neighborhood documenting those special individuals who serve our community. We received 2013 Awesome Foundation Grant to complete the project and produce a book. Our goal is to have the book added to the DC Public Library collections.