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A group of artist and a strong leadership team, joined together under a united vision to improve our city and our world.
The founding members of BAS include a diverse network of practicing artists of all career levels, business leaders and community organizers.


Alandes Powell

Visionary | Creator


Tyra Patterson

Executive Board

Jamey Ponte

Executive Board


Eddie Hawkins

Executive Board


Tamaya Dennard

Executive Board


Peter Niehoff

Executive Board

Ebony Young

Executive Board


Damien Hoskins

Executive Board


Kick Lee

Executive Board

Candace Tolbert

Executive Board



Advisory Board/Project Manager/Lead Artist


Brandon Hawkins is the Co-Owner & Lead Teaching Artist of Soul Palette with more than 20 years of artistic experience. While infusing his love for history and art, Brandon lends his expertise to others by mentoring youth and young adult artists. He’s also an alum of the University of Cincinnati.


Advisory Board/Lead Artist


Michael Coppage is a conceptual artist using an interdisciplinary, dialectical approach to address social issues surrounding race and language. He gained international attention with his recent project “BLACK BOX”: a community impact project aimed at demystifying black men and creating authentic experiences that replace bias and preconceived notions related to the term “Black” This series was exhibited around the country, Puerto Rico and at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 21c Museum Hotel, Medici Museum, and the Ohio Arts Councils Riffe Gallery to name a few.


Lead Artist


Brent Billingsley is an artist and an empowering voice behind young disenfranchised youth. He is also a Behavioral Health Specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/Psychiatry.  Other endeavors include Independent Contracting Therapeutic Mentoring and the co-founder of 2 non-profits geared toward the utilization of therapeutic artistic engagement and the performance arts. Brent believes that the world can be changed through art; 1 PIECE at a TIME!


Lead Artist


Ja'Lana Bradford is a proud native of Cincinnati, OH, and resides in the Downtown OTR area with her three children; a newborn baby boy, her son, and her daughter. Under the beloved pseudonym "Lahna Lei," she demonstrates that she is creative at heart. Through art, she hopes to inspire growth and happiness for her audience. Her experience as an artist includes mural work, painting, and drawing, as well as a design portfolio for both commercial and individual clients in the Greater Cincinnati region.


Lead Artist


Tamia Saunders is a Cincinnati-based artist currently studying Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Inspired to pursue art by her father at the age of ten, she developed a passion for illustration, animation, and printmaking. Her work focuses on the heart and the enigma of human emotions specifically tied to adolescence.


Lead Artist


Born in Louisville, KY, in 1983, Gee is a Cincinnati-based self-trained Hyperrealist visual artist who is quickly becoming a household name in Cincinnati’s art scene. He has been focusing on art for the last three years and has been featured in local art exhibits such as The WE Gallery exhibit at the historic Cincinnati Music Hall, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s “#NewTruth” Art Show (where he was also on the panel for “The Listener’s Lounge: Black Male Image Unplugged”), ArtWorks’ “Secret ArtWorks 2018” at The Banks, and the Mohawk Gallery’s “Manifestations of Time: The Black Experience” exhibit. He is currently serving as the Mercantile Library’s first African American Artist-in-Residence. He has been commission to draw a 6ft portrait of Peter H. Clark, the Mercantile Library’s first African American member. 

Gee serves on the Board of Trustees for Artworks, WavePool, and is a member of the Leadership Council for Non-profits Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team, and is a Co-Host of the Urban Consulate Cincinnati Chapter. He also serves as a Hello Cincy Ambassador through the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as well as a member of the Chamber’s Vox Futura Leadership Advisory Committee. Gee received his Master of Social Work from the University of Louisville in 2008.


Lead Artist



Hannah Jones is a 27-year old mixed-race queer artist and muralist currently based in Cincinnati, OH. Her work fantasizes a world that thrives outside basic hetero-normative thinking. She uses loud, vivid, saturated, pop imagery to illuminate and dignify ALL HUMANS on every level of the spectrum who are visualized happily thriving in full flying, glorious colors outside the rigid black and white boxes society places on them and their identities.

 She encourages you to see yourself in living color.


Lead Artist


Vinay Duncan, creator of  ToonSpray, originates from Dayton, Ohio and currently resides in  Cincinnati, Ohio.The self taught artist uses cartoons and a semi realistic art style to create traditional and digital artwork. Self discovery & total healing are two components she hopes personify through her work. In viewing her art, she hopes to challenge others to see that there is always room to grow. Her overall desire is to continually develop, while allowing her art to speak and promote change, growth, and peace.


Lead Artist


Latausha Cox was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her work currently focuses on her personal experiences with race and identity. By sharing her journey, she hopes to inspire others to explore their own stories to discover and release their authentic voice. She is an illustrator, educator, and researcher who uses her art practice to expose evidence of racism and bias and educating others. Latausha graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Columbus College of Art & Design in 2007 and is nearing a Master’s degree in Art Education and licensure from DAAP (Design, Art, Architecture and Planning) at the University of Cincinnati.


Lead Artist


Cincinnati native KéMonté J Figgs, better known by his artist and pen name K.J Figgs The Artist, is an artist who inspires to be the Black Dr. Suess. He brings his very own fresh concept to the world that intrigues the mind's perspective on dreams and how to achieve them.


Advisory Board/Lead Artist


Adoria L. Maxberry is a visual and performance artist, designer, licensed educator, wife and mother of three, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She facilitates unique, meaningful art experiences focusing on creativity, exploration and reflection. Her company, Most OutGROWing LLC, is dedicated to helping others grow spiritually, mentally and creatively through art.


Lead Artist


After being a student ambassador to Great Britain, diversity and culture has always been integrated in Jianni Amman's art exploration. Being intrigued with detailed sketching at the age of 6, eventually led to her study of Architecture and Design at Cincinnati State. Being sent to Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, along with taking private art classes at St. Bartholomew, were ways her parents invested in their children's gifts. Amman has experience in multiple areas including poetry writing, styling, creative direction, art direction, photography, personal shopping, advertising, sketching, and painting.


Lead Artist


Kate Tepe is a Cincinnati based artist who creates work related to group and personal identities, interpersonal relationships and community networks. She toggles back and forth from design and fine art, but enjoys opening her practice to develop collaborative projects, that encourage participants to take as much ownership in the work as she does. She aims to explore conscious and unconscious identities, (racial, sexual, national, or cultural) as well as established social codes.


Lead Artist


Asha is an artist, entrepreneur, and arts educator. Her work centers her personal identity as a queer African American woman, exploring social justice themes such as race, sexuality, women’s rights, and mental health. With her work, she strives to unite diverse populations through shared experiences and common narratives to facilitate understanding and promote change.


Advisory Board/Lead Artist


Cedric Michael Cox is known for paintings that catapult color into rhythmic action with abstract and recognizable images inspired by themes in music and the natural world. Working under several influences which include architecture and art history, Cox’s work ranges from the geometric, to floral-like forms, all dancing within surrealistic environments.


Advisory Board/Lead Artist


Inspirational Artist & Community Advocate

Annie Ruth is an internationally respected artist. Her career spans 40+years. She has exhibited in both national and international museums. Ruth earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University in San Diego, California. She is a trailblazer who collaborates with major cultural institutions and museums.


Advisory Board/Lead Artist

Toilynn O'Neal Turner "!"

Toilynn O'Neal Turner holds many hats in the cultural, educational, and artistic communities. She is a talented artist, businesswoman, and cultural activist who passionately promotes diversity through the arts and education, connecting local artists, businesses, and cultural institutions. She has 25+ years of experience working in audience development, the arts, diversity, and community engagement in nonprofit organizations.

Toilynn is currently the Founding Director of the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC) and the Executive Director of Queen City Foundation (QCF). The ROMAC is a nonprofit organization based in Cincinnati's West End neighborhood dedicated to celebrating, advancing, and preserving African American culture and achievement through arts, history, and education while uplifting the rich diversity of artists and cultures of Greater Cincinnati.


Lead Artist


Artist and traditionally trained graphic designer, Jonathan Sears is the Executive Director of Professional Artistic Research (PAR) Projects. As an individual, he’s been studying art his entire life culminating with an MFA degree from The University of Maryland College Park in 2006.

Jonathan co-founded PAR-Projects with the goal of showing how the arts can positively affect the dynamics of a community.  He's an artist. He's a thinker. He's a maker.



LaDe Richardson

An all-around creator and figure of many talents and skills who will be flying in success to you spark your future by creating a meaningful and long-lasting impact in the Flow of life in our World. He has been a part of many different events in the world making an impact in the world as he walks. His art gives joy and happiness to his viewers and a sense of awe and wonder. To create an experience of journeys unseen before.


MonstaTheEngineer (Monsta)

Born and raised in Chicago IL., MonstaTheEngineer is a storyteller. His motto, “My paint brush varies,” can be seen through his journey in the fields of audio engineering, directing, videography, and photography.

While understanding his passion and gift for visual storytelling Monsta went on to form MAAV, MonstaAudioandVideo specializing in the art of sound and video, capturing current struggles, community movements and leaders, documenting artist, and so much more. He began to recognize the importance of these individuals, groups, companies, and nonprofits and has committed his time to accurately telling their stories

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NaQuia Futel

A music artist and creative entrepreneur. As the owner of NaQuia The CreatHER LLC, she provides creative consulting and marketing services for small businesses and non-profit organizations. She currently serves as the Marketing Director for the Robert O'Neal Neal Cultural Arts Center and on the Advisory Board for Queens Village and The Cincinnati Memorial Hall Longworth Concert Series.

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Ashley Glass

is the Director of the B.O.S.S. (Bravely Overcome Self Sabotage) documentary and the Co-Producer of “Presence Over Presents” Black Fatherhood the documentary. She is a loving, single mother of 3 beautiful girls. She is a business owner of Black Women Cultivating Change where she hopes to advocate, educate, and provide platforms for mental health in the black community. Ashley stands by her quote “life is not surface level” and challenges others to Be kind and practice giving grace everyone.

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Justin J-Gutz Jackson

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, General Manager of ARTS OTA, Owner of GODS V$ ODDS Lifestyle Company & CEO of LOUDER SOUNDS STUDIO…Father, Black Art Speaks Host and EMCEE … Model, Recording Artist, Audio Engineer, Actor, Philanthropist.

Justin has become an example of perseverance and dedication in his community. He continues to raise the bar of excellence through his Artistry AND voice. Justin is adamant about making the necessary changes to make our communities better through CREATIVITY and the Arts.


Emily Jaap

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Danny Babcock

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James Pate

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Darlando Dennard

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JT Butler

A Writer, Composer, Performer, Music Director, Director-Choreographer, Producer, and Teacher from the metro Atlanta area. He attended Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) at Pebblebrook High School, Ball State University for Musical Theatre, and Kennesaw State University for Musical Theatre and Business Management. JT is the CEO of Butler Productions and has produced, directed, and choreographed multiple shows. He has written three musicals, Pride, Young Love, and Sailing, and has produced and worked with several artists, including Terica Marie, Rico Bravo, and Amber Talley. He has performed in various shows at The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Out Front Theatre, and Legacy Theatre.

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Eric "E" Barber

A self-taught Artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eric developed a passion for youth development by working summer camps as a teen. He continued working with youth during the day and then art in the evening. Eric founded Kreative Connect to inspire youth and make art a fun experience for everyone.

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See Drye

Inspired by randomness. One day it could be a song, or a tree and next week it could be a conversation. But He’s constantly inspired. Drye is a native Cincinnatian and a graduate of Central State University. Currently, Christian is a teaching and traveling visual artist who focuses on the paint medium, along with his ongoing duty to mentor. As a 33year old proud Black man, he recognizes his duty to use his influence properly and show our children their capacity to excel no matter where they live or the difficult circumstances they may face.

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Deja Fletcher

A painter and tattoo artist living in Middletown, Ohio. She works on all art mediums including canvas, and paper, and does murals for businesses. She specializes in portraits and realism. Since 2020, she has been doing art consistently and accomplishing her goals. She is now a full-time artist and entrepreneur.

"I’m very passionate about my work that I put out and can’t wait to see what the world has in store for me. " -Deja


Sharon Smith

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Alexis Patton

Hello! My name is Alexis Patton, and I enjoy traveling, crafting and art! My passion is bringing others vision to life and giving back to my community and others. I Inspire crafters, artist and most importantly you to live a colorful & creative life!


Whitney Dixon

Owner of Multimedia company Pixxel Designs, Whitney Dixon is A professional Photographer and Graphic Designer residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. With the love, support and partnership with her husband MonstaTheEngineer, Whitney was able to open Pixxel Designs Mother's Day 2019,

With a passion for storytelling, Whitney and her husband capture the essence of Cincinnati through their photographic coverage and graphic design, working with various companies, organizations, non-profits, foundations, and universities. Her company Pixxel Designs, photographs immortalize memorable and historic moments, while her designs create captivating branding and narratives. Her work has become an integral part of Cincinnati's cultural tapestry, leaving an indelible mark on its history.

David Choate 

David Choate 

David A. Choate Jr., is a creative

dedicated to using the arts to create a more equitable landscape for black people. As the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Revolution Dance Theatre, David has established Cincinnati's first Professional African American Ballet Company. With a desire to scale that impact and reach a wider community, he went on to establish David Choate Productions.

David A. Choate Jr., is a creative

dedicated to using the arts to create a more equitable landscape for black people. As the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Revolution Dance Theatre, David has established Cincinnati's first Professional African American Ballet Company. With a desire to scale that impact and reach a wider community, he went on to establish David Choate Productions.

Neitra Stroud

Katrice Bruno

Quinn Batiste

Ciara Cruder

CeCe Pedilia

Floyd Grace

Karl Gasto

Alexa Johnson

Courtney Greene

Nathaniel Dunson

Brian Rever

Lisa Youngblood

Raeshawn Weddington

Ashley Weddington

Ratyna Patton

Olivia Cassinelli

Deshawh Irvin

Aubree Diaz

Amber Valdez

Monique Dunson

Alena Reese

Shalaijah Cason 

Jackie Marschall

Sade Seidynaty

Alena Starr

Ben Jones 

Ryan Tinney 

Jessica Tongono

Ross Tinney

Courtney Greene

Virginia Patterson

Josh Stout

Alexis Ewing

Andre Niles

Dr. Davia J. Crutchfield

Elise Sampson

Ratyna Patton

Olivia Cassinelli

Bryan Maxberry

Lauren Meacham

Carla Thomason

Colleen Houston

Jahsalyn Robinson

Iyana Helton

Arian Burton

Trinity Florence

Liz Miller

Linnea Gartin

Cori Wolff

Shontel Dugar

Michael Everett

John Lanzador

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