Havanna Fisher Newby

2016 Artist-In-Residence | 2021 Creative Action Fund Awardee


She is an emerging transdisciplinary artist and designer from Harlem that uses design, performing arts, film, and education to bring about political and social awareness and thus probable change within the American landscape of ideological identity. She received both a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons New School for design and a BA in the Arts with a concentration in dance from Eugene Lang College. Her goal as an artist is to blend different art forms like fashion, dance, and film with an emphasis on community and unity to create a world of many possible approaches to living life and creating a new just society.

She believes it is imperative for my work to reach into the realms of organizing and teaching in order to accomplish her goals as an artistic humanitarian. She has participated in several projects, organizations, and coalitions moving to produce a stronger community and a better world. A few of these organizations are The University of Orange, Community Voices Heard, 400 Years of Inequality, Parsons Scholars Program, Harlem Children’s Zone, and Grownswell. She has also the co-founded Sisters Art Solan (SAS), a student organization that is geared towards women of color artists at the New School.

She was an artist resident in 2016 at The Laundromat Project. She created a community stop motion project called “Harlem Motion”. I have presented work at Sisters on the Runway, BAAD!ASS Women Festival, The University of Orange, The New School’s Centennial Celebration and twice at Judson Church. My most recent current project is called “The Cotton Series”  which debuted at Movement Research at Judson Church in fall 2017. The Cotton Series is a compilation of dance, film, design, and visual works that explores Black women’s lives as they live in America and how their sisterhood supports their survival.

2021 Creative Action Fund | The Cotton Series 

The Cotton Series is a multimedia project that explores the experiences of Black women within the USA. The goal is to explore the ways in which Black women have had to exist in this country in the past and present while trying to envision a brighter future. It functions as an investigation of Black womanhood and our unspoken sisterhood as it interacts with the many facets of living in America historically and presently. It is a collection of dance works that explores Black women’s relationship with food, Black men, family, community, love and our overall contributions in America.


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