2021 Create Change Fellow
Brooklyn | Arts Organizing, Education, Archives
Ravon Ruffin is a community arts organizer and digital place-maker for communities of color. She organizes community programs and develops digital strategies to center communities of color, and for the support of contemporary artists of color. She is a founder and community manager at Brown Art Ink, a nomadic incubator to promote the growth of local art ecosystems and better opportunities for artists of color. This project has been supported by the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, and partners include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Walters Art Museum, DC Public Library, and the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. She holds a MA in American Studies from George Washington University with a specialization in Museums and Material Culture, and an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a degree in Anthropology. Ravon is originally from Illinois and currently based in Brooklyn.
What is the role of art and culture for the future of the city?
“Art and culture are the breath of the city—and Black, brown, Indigenous, and immigrant communities sustain their vitality. Art and culture in the future of the city, means the survival of these communities—giving us a place in our collective futures.”