Catalyst | Creating and cultivating opportunities for people & organizations to strategically collaborate!
Management Consulting | San Francisco Bay Area, US
Ashara Ekundayo is an Oakland-based cultural worker of the urban landscape and has served as catalyst, curator, educator, and producer for more than 20 years. Through her company BluBlak Media Consulting, she has worked with organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative practice, exhibition, and project management. She is a serial entrepreneur and activist committed to social change, and has supported individuals and grassroots companies in the redesign of their brand strategy through permaculture principles and spiritual practice.
In 2009 Ashara was selected by the Ashoka Foundation and the City of Denver in the US launch of the “Change Your City” Campaign as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy” being manifested through her programmatic work in the co-founding of The GrowHaus, a non-profit, interactive indoor farm & marketplace in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood committed to cultivating eco-equity, food justice, and green jobs through a culturally competent lens. She also worked with the U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs in the development and implementation of their first Professional Fellowship in Food Security, BoldFood, linking urban agriculturalists, policymakers and organizers in Kenya, Uganda and throughout the U.S. and is launching CanIEatIt.info to share international, intergenerational women’s stories of food and family from the rainforest to the corner store.
Ashara combined her some of her passions & skill as an urban farmer, a soul-foodie, arts curator, and social media professional to produce “Grits & Greens,” a breakfast series named after her food Tumblr blog, where presenters explore the intersections of food, art and technology. She serves as the Marketing Director for the San Francisco Green Festival, and is also a member of the founding team of solutionaries launching HUB Oakland in Fall 2013where she will also be opening Omi Arts Gallery.
• Arts Activism Award, National Council of Negro Women, Denver Chapter
• "Mastermind Award-Literary Arts," March 2006, Westword Newspaper
• African Americans Who Make a Difference, Urban Spectrum Newspaper
• Arts Education Award, Colorado Black Women for Political Action
• Freelance Public Relations Professional, Colorado Assoc. of Black Journalists
love, Africa, cultural anthropology studies, poetry, art & social change, travel, public relations, guerrilla marketing, direct action, motivational speaking, HIV/AIDS education & testing, social media, propaganda, hip-hop activism, galleries, independent filmmaking, revolutionary music, gourmet cooking, collaboration, politics and community, media justice, time travel