Outreach Program, Curatorial Events & Workshops
Ms. Kayla Harley
Director of Operations
Kayla Harley--an Author, Professional Performance Artist, Curator and Entrepreneur in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Harley has dedicated herself to community efforts in the Arts as an enthusiast, volunteer and Engagement Leader. She is a Dance Scholar dedicated to the preservation of Arts history and integration of the arts in progressive thinking, decision making, and economic infrastructure; helping performers with
basic budgeting and financial literacy.
Kayla believes in the importance of having a sustainable career in the Arts thus teaches the fundamental tools for business management. She founded the Dance Our Legacy Scholarship in 2018 with Dance
Community of Prince George’s County, that awards (1) High School Student a full admittance into the IABD Annual Conference & Festival.
Renee Colbert, Creative Strategist
Renee Colbert is a Digital Marketing Analyst, Photographer and Creative Strategy Consultant. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2012. Renee has worked closely with the Bill T. Jones Dance Company and a number of Internationally Renowned Artists, Performers and Choreographers at New York LIVE Arts and Creative Capacity. She acts as one of the main Advisors for CEO operatives including for software development and community engagement initiatives.
Kemba Barnes, Outreach Advisor
Kemba Barnes is a Dance Performer, Actress, Teacher and Orator. She has studied Arts Management at SUNY Purchase College and Ailey Independent Study Program. She has an extensive career in dance performing and touring an ensemble member with companies and productions like: "What's Going On? Life of Marvin Gaye with Vincent E Thomas, Kotchegna Dance Co. and Martha Graham inspired, NYC Table of Silence by the Buglisi Dance Theatre. She's interned at the Lincoln Center and trained at the Lou Conte Studios/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
She founded ReadingwithKemba in 2020 during the Pandemic and is a avid supporter and secondary advisor for CEO Inc. Community & Education initiatives.
Darnell Gordon joined Creative & Equal Opportunities Inc. with the vision and drive to improve upon our Arts Network, by focusing on financial affairs.
International Association of Blacks in Dance Inc.
the Mecca for Blacks in Dance such as administrators, artists, choreographers, dance companies, dance-related personnel, directors, educators, scholars, students, teachers, and those interested in artistry, black dance issues and performance presentations. The Association provides a network, formal newsletters, choreographers directory, published papers and is the raison d’être for the Annual Conference and Festival. The Association also responds to and initiates dialogue around issues that impact the Black Dance Community as well as the Dance community at large. IABD has developed national prominence and allowed the Black dance community to come together on issues important to them.
We are because.....
They were. And continue to be.
In recognition of established, new and existing community organizations, companies, coalitions and initiative, we join highlight the efforts of our Community Partners for their contribution to the Arts and to our initiatives as well.