Bintou Kouyate is of the 150th generation of Kouyate and is a Diali (oral historian) of the Manding tradition. In her responsibilities of keeping and maintaining history, giving counsel, and mediating, she takes honor in being one of the first of her bloodline known to be born in the western hemisphere. She dedicates her mission to the retention of her people's culture from its heartland and throughout the Diaspora. As a lifelong dancer, and a dance instructor and educator since her teenage years; Kouyate is committed to the transmission of history, culture, and artistry. She is also a certified massage therapist. In support of her mission, she earned her Bachelors of Administration in Business Management and is completing her Bachelors of Science in Dance.
Kelly Palmer is a junior at Coppin State University, majoring in Urban Art with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Youth Development. She plans to maintain her own nonprofit devoted to helping youth grow their passion and talents while helping the community through our service. Her professional goal is to be the leader of an organization working to support cultural groups and the work of black artists. Her mission is to create a legacy and leave an endowment for generations to utilize for many years to come. The influence of the arts in addition to the need for an impactful leader in our community is what motivates her to pursue her goal of leading a successful arts sector in our community.
Jennifer Rae Lucas
Jennifer Rae is a senior Urban Arts major at Coppin State University and has been a musician since the age of seven. They have worked in the marketing and promotions field since 2015 and has worked in Arts Administration since 2017. Jennifer Rae has worked as a teaching artist in Baltimore City Schools, piloting their own elementary level music literacy program, and currently works at Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance as their Marketing and Communications manager. In the past Jennifer has worked for regional performing arts centers in the DC Maryland Virginia area (DMV) such as Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts and Everyman Theatre. Jennifer was recently a fellow within the Americans for the Arts Diversity in Arts Leadership Program in Des Moines Iowa where they focused on creating equitable market research practices. Jennifer Rae is a strong advocate for arts education equity, and holistic work spaces.
Kayla Fryer is a visual artist, curator, and art program coordinator. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art in 2019. For 4 years Kayla has worked in community arts engaging, teaching, and mentoring the youth with programs such as Youth Arts Corps, Young Architect Workshop, and Expressions Hip- Hop Poetry Camp. This allows the youth in her community to work, express and develop their artistic skills. As a visual artist, Kayla works primarily in painting and printmaking. She has been in multiple group exhibitions with her latest group exhibition We Choose at the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Museum, and her most recent exhibit
Our World at Eubie Blake Cultural Center. Kayla hopes to continue to provide a positive avenue for young people to be involved in the arts.