This month, we're excited to announce that Rae Kara has joined our Board of Directors and Jordan Delise Fleming has started as our Artistic Engagement Intern!
More About Rae
Their work as a performer spans multiple genres, from classical to contemporary, to Afro-Cuban Jazz. They have appeared Off-Broadway, in poetry slams and readings, and in iconic concert halls here and abroad including The Apollo, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, among others. As an educator, facilitator, and mentor, they have taught NYC students and refugee youth of all ages in both English and Spanish, and deeply believe in the transformative power of the arts in education. They have participated in writing workshops at Cave Canem and The Leslie Lohman Museum, and are a founding member of the Queer writing collective Streaks of Lavender.
Rae received their BA in Theatre Arts with a Sociology minor from Marymount Manhattan College and a Master’s in Music in Classical Voice Performance from Manhattan School of Music. They are currently pursuing a Master’s in Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College. Rae was an Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and an EMERGENYC Artist with The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. They currently work as a bilingual Early Childhood Educator while continuing to teach the arts to all ages. They live with their partner and fur babies, and enjoy the occasional impromptu living room dance party.
More About Jordan
She has performed at The United Nations, The Schomburg Center, The Pulitzer Center, and Carnegie Hall. Her work has been highlighted around the world and in publications including Afropunk, Broadway World, Vagabond City, Glass Poetry Press, and Huffington Post. Her book tenderhead. published by Waterloo Press, debuted at #1 in bestselling poetry audiobooks.
Jay is a poet and a teaching artist, but more importantly, she is black and magic.