Shift Your Trends
Vivianne A. Njoku Maya Choy-Sutton
This workshop series asks participants to interrogate and actively oppose racism and oppression both within society and within ourselves. The sessions are designed to create an environment that allows for both self-awareness and vulnerability, and participants will form a cohort that supports one another (and others) as an innovative, action-driven community. In addition to committing to a variety of weekly tasks, participants will design and create a project throughout the series that they will implement afterwards as a means of ‘shifting’ their own community and selves.
Vivianne A. Njoku is a multi-media artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to providing her services as a video artist, for numerous years Ms. Njoku has instructed youth in video production and conceptual, social justice-based art. Ms. Njoku holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from New York University and is licensed through the state of New York as Visual Arts Instructor for all grades. She has collaborated with a number of non-profit organizations, including the Tribeca Film Institute, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, and Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. She has worked with educators through the African Film Festival, Ifetayo Cultural Arts, The New School, NYU, Rutgers, and the NYC Department of Education. As a founding principal of Filmmakers Without Borders, she served as the Director of Cultural Sustainability, a position she created in order to address the necessity of intentional communication between non-profits and the communities they hope to serve.
Maya Choy-Sutton is an artist, musician and facilitator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has 12+ years of experience facilitating and managing programs, including 6+ years of experience focusing on group dynamics and personal growth at NYC Outward Bound Schools. These programs served students, teachers and administrators from public, charter and private schools across the country. She taught classes for middle schoolers at The TEAK Fellowship, a college-access nonprofit, including music analysis and writing. Maya has also facilitated trainings on race and gender for organizations including Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and The Department of Education.