Ms. Afrika Abney describes herself as a versatile, dedicated, proud and dynamic person who is willing to improve to meet new challenges of ways to improve and enhance herself.
Over 15 years of experience in non-profit, administration, visual and performing arts workshop design and implementation, classroom and community education projects. Knowledgeable in providing professional and yet friendly, thorough customer service to clients, families and fellow citizens. Skilled at problem solving and conflict resolution, and able to help encourage teamwork. Able to network with individuals, organizations and community members to create positive and yet successful partnerships. Adept at handling confidential and/or sensitive information.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
⦁ Demonstrated leadership and management experience, including supervising administrative staff
⦁ Excellent interpersonal skills
⦁ Trained art and dance professional
⦁ Strong oral and written communication skills
⦁ Proficient with Microsoft Office, Word and Publisher, along with digital cameras
⦁ Strong social media background and skills
⦁ Excellent graphic design skills
⦁ Designed, directed and coordinated successful educational and arts programs for adults and children, including long-term before and after school events
⦁ Researched and wrote successful grant proposals
⦁ Designed and implemented media campaigns for various nonprofit organizations and groups using print, broadcast and social media
⦁ Managed several popular arts events, community festivals, workshops and conferences
BFA -Corcoran School of Arts, 1997
Bell Multicultural High School, 1993
ARTS AND MARKETING CONSULTANT
The African American Women's Resource Center, Washington, DC. November 6, 2017- November 30, 2017. Disseminate press release, contact press, circulate flyers, online postings to the press, post flyers on social media and contact schools as well as community centers.
ARTS AND MARKETING CONSULTANT
BZB International. Washington, DC. 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Design and implement media campaigns for BZB International. This involves identifying media contacts; writing press and other publicity materials, disseminating press kits; and photography.
ARTS AND MARKETING CONSULTANT
Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers. 2009 - 2012. Recruited to help with the development of their media campaign and disseminate announcements regarding their performances and events.
ARTS AND MARKETING CONSULTANT
Esther Productions, Inc. Washington, DC. 2004 - present. Design and implement media campaigns for Esther Productions, Inc. This involves identifying media contacts; writing press and other publicity materials, disseminating press kits; and photography.
Washington, DC. 1981 - present. Abstract Expressionist, Dancer, and Literary Artist with expertise in painting, graphic design, photography, videography, dance and poetry.
Esther Productions, Inc. Washington, DC. October 21, 2017.
Provided onsite administrative services for Esther Productions, Inc program known as "The Gift" scheduled for October 21, 2017.
DC International Public Charter Schools, Washington, DC. 2016 - 2017. Managed and co-managed select classrooms; provided instructions according to prepared lesson plans; ensure classroom environment that promoted active learning while working with students to reinforce learning objectives as defined by the school; and performed other assigned duties.
WEST AFRICAN DANCE INSTRUCTOR
M.O.M.I.E.S TLC and YWDEP, Washington, DC. SUMMER 2015 Kingdom Kids Care, Washington, DC. Provided West African dance instruction to a group of students for a Summer Camp program such as M.O.M.I.E.S. TLC and Y.W.D.E.P. Students learned a variety of West African Dances, cultural and historical context for each dance with a ½ hour warm-up, and energetic dance movements. Students learned a variety of West African Dances, cultural and historical within the context for each dance. Also provided instruction for students at several other organizations including Kingdom Kids Care, Washington, DC. (July 3, 2013 – July 17, 2013) Hyde Addison Elementary School (May 18, 2013) and Columbia Heights Marketplace (2012)
SUBSTITUTE DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Joy of Motion Dance Center, Washington, DC. 2013 - 2015. Provided dance instruction to children and adults in the absence of the studio teacher. Taught Samba Fusion - All Levels and Afro Beats - All Levels.
Mundo Verde Public Charter Schools, Washington, DC. December 2013 – 2014. Managed and co-managed select classrooms; provided instructions according to prepared lesson plans; ensure classroom environment that promoted active learning while working with students to reinforce learning objectives as defined by the school; and performed other assigned duties.
STUDENT SUCCESS COACH
Center City Public Charter Schools, Washington, DC. October 2013-December 2013. Responsibilities included tutored individuals or small group of students; uphold the school’s behavior policy; and provided assistance with various extended learning program activities as needed.
Reading Partners, Washington, D.C. January 2013 through May 2013. Provided specialized instruction and academic assistance to students in 3rd through 5th grade, using the Reading Partners program and curriculum.
SUMMER ACADEMY CAMP PART- TIME ELECTIVE ART TEACHER
Higher Achievement, Washington, DC - Metro. July 1, 2013 - August 1, 2013. Created and implemented a visual arts lesson plan for summer program, specific to 5th - 8th grade students of varying backgrounds and abilities. Students gained knowledge and dexterity in specific forms of visual arts, including abstract painting.
AFFILIATED TEACHING ARTIST
Young Playwrights Theatre,Washington,DC. October 2012 – May 2013. Planned and presented visual arts classes for first and second grade students of varying backgrounds and abilities , integrating literacy fundamentals within the context of the classroom instruction; created a safe, structured, and positive environment for each student; established my own classroom rules for each student to follow; and prepared and disseminated a weekly report for the Program Manager.
SUMMER ACADEMY CAMP ART TEACHER
Higher Achievement, Washington, DC - Metro. 2003 - 2004. Created and implemented a visual arts lesson plan for summer program, specific to lower grade students of varying backgrounds and abilities. Students gained knowledge and dexterity in specific forms of visual arts, including illustration.
Esther Productions, Inc, Washington, DC. November 2004 – March 2006. Designed and implemented community outreach programs for Esther Productions. This involved developing program objectives, identifying potential audience, and developing outreach campaigns for the targeted population. With Esther Productions also helped create in-school program that focused on middle school girls growing up without their fathers.
LITERARY ARTS WORKSHOP DIRECTOR
Washington, DC. August 2003. Designed and conducted a literary workshop entitled: Enhancing Our Imaginations which took place at Takoma Park Library, Washington, DC. Funded in part by the DC Commissions on the Arts and Humanities; recruited participants through media campaigns that involved preparing and disseminating press releases; developed evaluation instrument to be used by the participant; managed all program activities, including financial reports.
Jubilee Enterprise of Greater Washington, DC. August 2001 – August 2002.Supervised overall activities of after school program staff at three sites. Reviewed weekly plans of Academic Activity Coordinator. Also was responsible for hiring and assigning other employees who served as after-school tutors; developed and implemented training program for project tutors; maintained program files; collected weekly timesheets for program staff developed and implemented cultural enrichment and parental involvement activities; developed and implemented special event honoring student achievers; and recruited staff, coordinated and implemented activities for the Building Upon Principles Summer Enrichment and Cultural Program.
PROGRAM MONITOR/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
DC Department of Parks and Recreation, Washington, DC. 2001 – 2001. Responsible for oversight of this summer arts program, duties also included maintenance of the database, and general administration.
VISUAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR/ PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Varies. 1995 – 1998. Washington D.C. Designed and conducted workshops for youth in grades Pre K – 8th grade. These events were held at a variety of locations including A - T Seban Mesut, DC Department Parks and Recreation (Emery, Parkview, Hamilton and Upshur Centers), Washington, DC.. Funded in part by the DC Commissions on the Arts and Humanities.
Former Executive Director
DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Tony Gittens, Director
Washington, DC International Film Festival
Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
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