Jeffreen Hayes gives TEDx Talk on arts activism

Jeffreen Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from FIU, a master’s degree in art history from Howard University, and a doctorate degree in American studies from the College of William and Mary. She is a trained art historian and curator, and an advocate for racial inclusion, equity and access.

When she was a child, her mother gifted her a set of watercolors. Watching the way the water and the colors activated and moved across the paper taught her value and gave her a voice.

This activist recently gave a TEDx Talk on how artists who are marginalized can have a profound sense of issues such as race and class because they are so deeply affected by them.

Through her work such as curating exhibitions, organizing dinners and building institutions she exposes the work of the silence.

She shares how we can find ways to support the silenced in doing the deep humanistic work.

  • Purchase an artwork from a person of color and women who are not traditional creatives in your community.
  • Seek out people in your network and ask them who are the artists that they like.
  • Expand your network to include people of color, different languages and different life experiences.

Watch the inspirational video below.