Sandrine Malary is a Haitian artist, designer, dancer, mother & lover of life! She is an artist who specializes in Haitian themes and the use of recycled materials. Her Oakland-based, custom creative arts business, Alouba, is currently gaining recognition in the domain of up-cycling. Alouba creates everything from funky red carpets and lamps to original costuming, pinatas to up-cycled jewelry. Her goal is to create things of beauty from recycled, organic or natural materials. Alouba makes every effort to maintain harmony with the planet and educate others on different ways that can be done. Ms. Malary is also a dancer, having performed in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, currently dancing with Rara Toulimen and more. She is an educator, homeschooling children since 2005. Sandrine remains active in supporting her homeland’s forward progress through organizations like Ayiti Resurrect. The exploration of Vodou and Afro-centric themes dominates her artwork. Her pieces contain veve and lwa symbology. In her current body of work she explores texture through mixed-media layering while maintaining Haitian vodou culture as the focus. The intention of Sandrine’s creative process is to serve as a reminder of the beauty and majesty of her Haitian lineage by way of the mandala like veve.
Jora Trang is an attorney and the current Managing Attorney with Worksafe, Inc. (www.worksafe.org). Believing strongly that everyone should have access to the law, Ms.Trang regularly commits a large amount of time to providing pro-bono legal services to artists and artist collectives in their business development and intellectual property issues. Ms.Trang has over ten years of civil litigation in civil rights and intellectual property litigation. Ms.Trang also brings over 15 years of experience as a grant-writer, having raised over $200,000 for the YMCA for their Youth Literacy Program, $100,000 for legal scholarships, and $50,000 for artists’ projects.
Ms.Trang also brings over 20 years of artistic experience as an artistic director, a performance artist, spoken word artist, poet, writer, and theatrical director.
Naru is an Educator with over 20 years experience in early childhood development. He currently works at Walden Center and School in Berkeley California, where he directs the after school program, and assists in administration, and conflict resolution. As a community activist, Naru initiated a Black men’s forum, a playgroup for children of color, and he has lent his talents to various events surrounding youth education, environmental awareness, political prisoners, AIDS, and healthy life styles choices. Naru is also a veteran in the Bay Area Hip Hop scene. In 1987 (as “Sir Quickdraw”) he became one of the first artist from Oakland to to record a rap record. He was on the Malcola label with an early Easy E and the Egyptian Lover. He has performed with Run DMC, George Clinton, Last Poets, Spearhead, Digital Underground, Askari X, Dead Prez, The Coup, Zion I, Living Legends, Azeem, Black Dot, Sir Mixalot, Medusa, XZibit, Ea ski and CMT, Mr FAB, the Luniz, Dru Down, and Hammer, among many. Naru was the cofounder and lead vocalist of “Organic Creations”, which blended Hip Hop, Jazz, Spoken Word, and Theater. His company “Hip Learning” uses hip hop as a means to cultivate minds with rhyme, focusing mainly on science and life skills.
Naru’s 1998 NAP (Never Again Project) was a ground breaking Double CD that featured spoken word, hip hop, and a touch of jazz, and soul. To learn more about Hip Learning, visit Mr. Kwina’s website: www.hiplearning.org.