Jordia Benjamin, Deputy Director, Indigo Arts Alliance

Jordia Benjamin (she, her, hers) is a community engagement specialist with a passion for creating compelling programs, cultivating and curating creative environments for artists and communities to thrive using art as the mechanism for change. With over a decade in the art sector, Jordia has worked primarily in museum education; first at the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, then leading the education department at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, along with being selected as the 21st Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Before Indigo Arts Alliance, Jordia worked as the Mirken Senior Coordinator of Programs and Audience Engagement at Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, where she oversaw all of the Museum’s public programs and community engagement initiatives along with the inaugural residencies of the Lunder Institute for American Art; Theaster Gates and Richard Blanco.

In her role as Deputy Director at Indigo Arts Alliance, she embodies a commitment to equity, inclusion, empowerment and advocacy for communities of color. Jordia co-leads with the Executive Director/Co-Founder the organization's day-to-day operations along with ensuring that the quality and impact of Indigo Arts Alliance's activities and programs directly support its' mission. A highly effective collaborator, manager, relationship builder, and communicator, she guides and refines the artist residency program, developing related programming that connects our local, national and international communities.

A Bahamian native, Jordia received her Bachelors of Art in Art History and Bachelors of Fine Art in Studio Arts concentrating in Painting from the University of South Florida, Tampa Florida;  a Master of Nonprofit Management and a graduate certificate in Public Administration  from the University of Central Florida. She is also a Certified Museum Professional from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She currently serves as a board member to the Museum Education Roundtable and MassAction Anti-Racism Think Tank committee. Jordia is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

Email: jordia@indigoartsalliance.me

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