Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist, activist, and independent curator who facilitates the creation of collaboratory spaces where methodology amplifying the intersections of social permaculture, social entrepreneurship, and social justice can be manifested. She consults with organizations to assess and build capacity for increased community engagement through the use of mindfulness, creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management.
Currently, Ashara serves as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland, an inspiring co-working space that connects and supports socially engaged changemakers and entrepreneurs in manifesting “what makes them come alive.” She is also the Director of Omi Gallery, a social practice art space located in Oakland and San Francisco, at ThoughtWorks where she listens for place-based solutions revealed through intimate art gatherings with unlikely allies.
She holds Advisory Board positions with KQED Arts, Black Girls Code, the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music and Our City.is, and has served as a Fellow with Green For All, Emerging Arts Professionals and Institute For The Future. She is the current “Curator in Residence” with Schools Without Borders where she designs curriculum & performance journeys for arts educators committed to pedagogy rooted in compassion.
Ashara’s commitment to social transformation is informed by a framework of intersectionality and equity and is as present in her role as mentor, educator and Dharma practitioner, as it is through her participation within the #SayHerName and #FreePalestine movements. She works to manifest liberation and happiness for all Beings, each day, in each breath.
Find her on Twitter/Instagram/SnapChat as @BluBlakwomyn