Jenné Afiya Matthews| Engagement Manager

Jenné Afiya Matthews is a Black queer artist and organizer living and working in her hometown of Baltimore, MD. She received the bulk of her undergraduate education at The University of Baltimore in Integrated Arts with a emphasis in Creative Writing. In 2014, she decided to pursue a more self-directed path of education which lead her to explore a wide range of creative media. In her visual practice, Jenné  enjoys mining both personal and public archives as sources of inspiration. She also enjoys playing with scale and incorporating her love of photography, film, and video in her immersive installations as well as in smaller 2-D collage pieces. Currently, Jenné is taking a break from her visual practice to focus on her debut coming-of-age short film Symona which she is incubating as part of her Fellowship with the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins. Jenné is a founding member of the collective BALTI GURLS, whose mission is to cultivate platforms and creative safer space that prioritizes Black womxn and queer people of color both physically and online. Since becoming publicly active in 2015, BALTI GURLS has received local, national, and international press including the Baltimore Sun, City Paper, and Dazed Digital. In 2016 they were recipients of The Grit Fund grant made possible by the The Contemporary and The Andy Warhol Foundation.