Sekou Coleman

WHEN: October 27, 8:30am – 10:00am
WHERE: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

Sekou Coleman is a creative professional, cultural activist and youth advocate with a passion for using art to educate and inspire. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in Music, and worked afterwards as a community organizer fostering collaboration in and between the city’s marginalized neighborhoods. In 1996, he founded a program teaching music business, music theory, and music recording to urban middle and high school youth. This earned him the attention of a national nonprofit focused on improving opportunities for black men and boys, where he was hired to work on arts, media and technology initiatives.

Seeking to further engage his creative side, Sekou began working as a digital media specialist for a wide range of organizations in 2001. He created websites for television networks PBS and BET, developed software to support the marketing and promotion of recording artists for Sony Music, produced videos for independent musicians, designed interactive training software for the federal government and taught multimedia design software to creative professionals in the US and Ethiopia.

He is currently the producer for Beneath The Veneer, an independent documentary about a community healing from the physical, mental and emotional impact of multi-generational systemic inequity, as seen through the eyes and experiences of 6 young black men. Sekou lives in Asheville, NC where he also devotes considerable time and talent to working with organizations that support leaders and communities of color, such as the innovative giving circle CoThinkk and the bilingual youth-led media channel Word On The Street.