Our approach to curating programming is participatory and based on our community’s needs.
For example, our first conference was planned during the Fall of 2017 after the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule was cancelled, which was a rule that barred companies from receiving federal contracts if they had a history of violating wage, labor, or workplace safety laws.
This was one of the few policies implemented during the Obama administration in an attempt to close the wage gap.
In response and resistance to the rise of executive orders that disproportionately affects people of color, we decided to come together in order to discuss the ways in which we could create our own resource network of opportunities.
We designed this conference from a social justice perspective and with the intention of creating useful archival material framed at highlighting femme agency through modes of self-actualization.
Our second conference was again a response to our community’s needs
As we began to plan for this conference, we sought the guidance of several community members who suggested that what was needed at that time was space to heal and for cultivating better self-preservation skills.
We then asked how might womxn of color cultivate and sustain spaces for ourselves where our healing and self-preservation are deeply considered.
This conference also featured an exhibition proponent, where we curated and installed 30ft long hanging canvases throughout the space to screen films created by womxn of color, which aligned with our theme of self-preservation.
Sienna Fekete is a producer and curator based in New York City with a background in radio, podcasting, and music. She is a co-founder of Chroma, a cultural agency & creative studio centering the work and perspectives of woc. She has worked exclusively with BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, On Air Fest, Red Bull Arts, NTS, The Lot Radio, StoryCorps, Top Rank Magazine, Domino Sound, Playground Radio and SiriusXM. She looks forward to creating more initiatives with Chroma, producing and programming more audio projects, growing her practice as a curator and archivist, and building collectively with her community.
She has worked with: Adidas, CultureHub, AnOther Magazine, Awake NY, Knockdown Center, The Standard, 8 Ball Community, POWRPLNT, The Public Art Fund, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Skills:Audio (radio / podcast / music / events)
Curation (art exhibitions / event production & programming)
Writing (editorial / copy / journalism)
Archiving (various archival work across mediums)
Arts Administration (education / management)
Business (strategy / consultation / talent booking)