Ashara Ekundayo is an independent curator, creative industries entrepreneur, cultural strategist, and founder working across arts, community, government, and social innovation spaces. Through her consulting company AECreative, LLC she designs and manages multidimensional projects and fosters collaborative relationships through the use of mindfulness and permaculture principles to bring vision to life and create opportunities “in the deep end,” often with unlikely allies. Her creative arts practice epistemology requires an embodied commitment to recognizing joy in the midst of struggle.
In 2012 Ashara co-founded Impact Hub Oakland and Omi Gallery and served as a Director, Curator, and the Chief Creative Officer who designed and bottom-lined the brand messaging and creative practice programming of the company until Spring 2018. Most recently she opened Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, a social practice platform exclusively featuring the artwork of Black womxn and women of the African Diaspora to investigate and inspire social and spiritual inquiry at the nexus of fact, the Black feminist imaginary, and Afrofuturism through visual and performance exhibition.
Currently she holds Advisory Board positions with KQED Arts, Black Girls Code, the and the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, and has served as a Fellow with Green For All, Emerging Arts Professionals, Schools Without Borders, and Institute For The Future. Ashara is also a Certified Permaculture Designer, Certified Foresight Practitioner, and a Graduate of Thousand Currents Leadership Academy and Rockwood Leadership – LeadNOW: California. Additionally, Ashara is the “Embodied Justice Resident” working at the intersection of arts & culture, spiritual practice, and social justice at Auburn Seminary in NYC where she also leads their LGBTQI project design work in South Africa.
Her commitment to social transformation is informed by an intersectional framework that aims to expand the influence and impact of arts and culture on racial equity, gender + justice, and environmental literacy. T/IG @blublakwomyn – More Info at Ashara.io