Jenné Afiya Matthews| Engagement Manager
Jenné Afiya Matthews is an arts administrator and multi-disciplinary artist 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 an emphasis in Creative Writing. Professionally she works with creative entrepreneurs in Baltimore City through her work as the Engagement Manager for the Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (BCAN).
Jenné is also a founding member of the collective BALTI GURLS, whose mission is to cultivate platforms and creating 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 Contemporary and The Andy Warhol Foundation. Creatively, she is passionate about art history, art collecting, botany, and interior design. Currently, she is the writer-director for “Bun”, a scripted comedy that explores the lives of twenty-something black women as they explore their sexuality, friendship, and love in present-day Baltimore. The project is currently in pre-production and set to be released in Summer 2021.