Janae Sumter

I am a New Orleans native, storyteller, healer and educator who focuses on the transformation of community upliftment through ancestral connectedness for isolated communities of color. I received my BA from Spelman College in Studio Art and will be graduating this spring 2019 from Pratt Institutes MFA program in Integrating Practices. Understanding that art can manifest as sociopolitical form for healing intergenerational and systemic trauma, I integrate wholistic daily rituals of reiki, movement, sacred spaces, music, and material assemblages as a way of addressing the complexity of oppression and dismantling systemic patterns created by fear to attain transformative levels of healing. As an Black queer multidimensional being and ally for powerful beautiful beings who are HIV positive, I make it my intention to always be inclusive, accepting and supportive to all transformative communities.