Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC — Grantmaking Operations Manager
I assist in overseeing documentation for grant eligibility; 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.
Center for Book Arts (CBA), NYC — Programs Manager
Oct 2018 - Aug 2021
Supervise 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, educator, writer, & editor, NYC
2014 - PRESENT
Regularly organize and facilitate community workshops on fine art and creative writing. Copy Editor for Ugly Duckling Presse. Proofread 7+ publications for spelling/formatting errors and translation inconsistencies.
Co-organized public performances including Enduring Apocalypse (12 hour marathon of 50 performers) and A Poetry Reading in the Sky, The Sky as in Palestine.
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 3 weekly posts to showcase artist highlights. Curated 3 art exhibitions for greater visibility and increased opportunities for American Muslim artists. Spearheaded partnerships with 2 different publications offering to publish stories of American Muslim artists.
AANM, Dearborn, MI — Educator, Store Curator
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 and artisans to sell products, grossing $50,000 in museum store sales.
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
Proficient in arts administration, project management, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Suite, Google Workspace, curatorial affairs, community organizing, publication production, event planning (online and in-person events), writing and negotiating contracts, budgeting, social media strategizing, artistic collaborations.
Significant background in design, photography, fine arts, creative and academic writing.
Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant (2021)
DCLA / NYFA City Artist Corps (2021)
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.
Panel organizer and moderator of upcoming discussion: Process & Collaboration: Designing Poetry Chapbooks with CUNY (City University of New York) (2021).
Organizer of Lecture Series at CBA:
Radical Legacies in Contemporary Creative Work (2021): Conversation series with artist activists, curated by Shani Joseph & Joseph Cuillier III of The Black School.
Between Heritage & Modernity (2020): Series on Arabic Typography, curated by Dr. Nadine Chahine.
Book Arts Toward Liberation (2020): Conversation series with Black book artists and cultural practitioners, curated by Heather Heart & Jina Valentine of Black Lunch Table.
Women in Publishing (2019); Series on history and practice of publishing, curated by Sarah Kirk Hanley.