Youth in Business (YiB) is a program of Jubilee Arts in West Baltimore that cultivates the entrepreneurial leadership skills of high school aged youth by providing hands on experience operating an art and design based business.
As the Youth in Business Program Manager, I create digital and print marketing content, manage social media and all other program logistics such as sales strategy, inventory systems, budgeting, program retention and community partnerships. I manage an amazing team of 10 adults and 20 high school students.
As the Design Instructor for Youth in Business I develop curricula, co-teach the graphic design class, and serve as Art Director for the youth's t-shirt line and with client projects. I oversee all product development created by the youth and serve as the final point of decision making in the design process.
For my MFA thesis I explored how America’s profit-driven and reactionary health-care system might treat those harboring the illness of racism. This hoax: a pharmaceutical company, Miraciprol has released a drug Denylium, that manages the symptoms of Chronic Racial Anxiety Syndrome (CRAS) in white people.
Along with the imagined pharmaceutical company and drugs I created a full brand identity and marketing strategy, including logo, print marketing materials, product line and website. I performed this installation as a pharmaceutical representative and attempted to sell the (placebo) drug.
The intention was to engage white people in acknowledging the notion that there are consequences for participating in systems of power that oppress others, and to take responsibility for this endemic “disease” that affects us all. Denylium used satirical marketing practices to address the irony that individuals might only engage in anti-racism if there is a direct benefit for them, like... clear skin.
MCIW: Segregation and Suicide Report
Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) conducted an investigation into Maryland’s only prison for women (Maryland Correctional Institute for Women, or MCIW) following the 2017 suicide of an inmate. They found the facility violated the constitutional rights of people with disabilities who are placed in segregation and did not take sufficient steps to “prevent future harm.”
I worked with DRM o design the cover of the legal report and create an infographic brochure to make content from the 36 page investigation more accessible to the public.
These visuals can be used to educate people who might not be in the field of law or prison reform, on the atrocities happening within the MCIW.
In 2019, I redesigned the cover from each book I read (even the ones I liked!). Each redesign depicted a new perspective for the face of the story. Every book is distinct in style, but the collection still maintains a degree of cohesion.
The Eyes of the Skin
First published in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory, by Juhani Pallasmaa. It asks the question why, when there are five senses, has one single sense – sight – become so predominant in architectural culture and design?
Alfred Kinsey was an American sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University. In “Sexual Sabotage”, Dr. Judith Reisman critiques Kinsey’s research examining his pedophilia and sexual pervasion. I chose to use body parts with infectious diseases to illustrate the way Dr. Reisman views the contagion of sexuality.