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PROFESSIONAL


Doris Duke Foundation, NYC Grant Operations Consultant
July 2023 – Current

Implementing procedures to liaise between the program staff and grantees to monitor and complete grant compliance requirements. Support program staff in drafting of communication, implementing  new systems, technologies and tools as needed for a high functioning of day-to-day tasks. 

Parsons School of Design, NYC — Part-Time Faculty Lecturer, Integrated Design

August 2023 – Current

Fall 2023: Integrated Design Studio 5, Senior Capstone Research Seminar

Spring 2024: Integrated Design Studio 6, Senior Capstone

Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC — Grantmaking Operations Manager
Oct 2021 – July 2023

I assist in overseeing documentation for grant eligibility for the Programs Unit, with Cultural Development Fund (CDF) and City Council initiatives; generate workflow progress reports, maintain internal tracking documents and progress reports; monitor grant compliance; prepare grant panels; assist in the planning of seminars, training sessions, convenings, and other events developed by the agency; assist in the development of statistical and narrative reports. Assisting in the implementation of agency-wide database transition to Salesforce database to improve efficiency of grant-cycle operations. Working alongside program officers, directors, and assistant commissioner to integrate equity-forward reforms in the CDF application.

Center for Book Arts (CBA), NYC — Programs Manager
Oct 2018 – Aug 2021

Supervised 3 part-time staff, 20+ instructors, and 20+ volunteers and interns. Implemented the project management system for all programs at CBA, improving workflow efficiency by 55%. Regularly work with notable artists, researchers, curators, and writers, managing strategic planning  and creative collaborations for quarterly exhibitions, 2 year-long artist residency programs, 14+ publication projects, 18+ literary publications, 125+ classes, and 80+ events, lectures, and seminars annually. Successfully launched virtual programming and classes during COVID-19 pandemic, engaging artists and audiences world-wide.

Independent curator, artist, educator, writer, & editor,  NYC
2014 – Current

Regularly organize and facilitate community workshops on fine art and creative writing, including guest lecturer for Advanced Poetry Workshop at CCNY; Youth Photography Instructor for Yonkers Public Library; guest speaker on food & art at PATHS (Performing Arts and Technology High School, Brooklyn).
Organize events across NYC: with Red Flower Collective: a 4-person eating & food research collective; Enduring Apocalypse, a 12-hour Performance Arts Marathon featuring 50+ artists and collectives, October 2021; poetry events.
Exhibiting artist in group exhibitions in NYC, Detroit and Chicago.

Proof Reader for Ugly Duckling Presse. Proofread publications, approximately 50-100 pages each, for spelling/ formatting/translation inconsistencies. Published poetry and photographs in Everybody Press, parapraxis, Koukash Review, Newtown Literary & more.

 

GAMA Collective, NYC — Curator
2017 – 2020

(Gathering All Muslim Artists) Cultivated the creative mission and strategic planning of the organization by developing innovative programs and strategizing audience outreach through Instagram and Facebook, creating weekly posts to showcase artist highlights. Curated art exhibitions for greater visibility and increased opportunities for American Muslim artists. Spearheaded partnerships with art & literary publications on delivering work by American Muslim artists.

 

AANM, Dearborn, MI — Store Curator, Educator
2015 – 2017

(Arab American National Museum) Trained tour guide. Led forums, dialogues, workshops on Arab American art, culture, and poetics. Established relationships with over 100+ vendors, distributors, artisans to sell products, grossing $50,000 in store sales. Site Coordinator of grant funded program with Museums Connect, US State Department; a cultural exchange film program for young women in East Jerusalem, Palestine and Detroit, Michigan.

EDUCATION


New York University, NYC
M.A. in Arts Politics

Focused research on artistic and literary production, curatorial practice, and archiving methodologies.

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI,
B.S. in Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising;
Minor in Fine Art

SKILLS

Proficient in arts administration, project management, using applications on Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office & 365, Google Workspace. Adept knowledge in curatorial affairs, community organizing, publication production, archiving, bookmaking, event planning, writing and negotiating contracts, budgeting, social media strategizing, artistic collaborations. Notable skills in digital & analog photography, fine arts, creative & academic writing.

ENGAGEMENTS

Baxter St. At CCNY

Curator: Material EvidenceNazanin Noroozi &
Esperanza Mayobre. Fall 2023

Washington & Lee University Museums
Consultant: Musings: Mohammad Omer Khalil. Fall 2023.

 

DCLA/NYFA City Artist Corps
Recipient of the 2021 grant to support the organizing of Enduring Apocalypse: a 12 hour performance art marathon.

Queens Arts Council
Recipient of 2021 QAC Grant for Inter / Views:  portrait series and photo book project.

Brooklyn Arts Council
Application Review Panelist for 2019, 2020, & 2021 grant cycles for literary programs.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Advisor: Contemporary Muslim Fashions Exhibition in 2019.

Organizer of Lecture series, literary readings, book talks, performances, public programs at CBA (2018-2021)

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