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GrowHouse NYC is a multigenerational, multidisciplinary and multimedia incubator and residency program where makers of color and other under-represented groups feel safe and empowered to debut works in progress, collaborate with each other and like-minded organizations, and experiment with emerging media and technology.

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We offer residencies from a weekend to a year, focusing on nontraditional students and lifelong learners.

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We strive to create an intentional community of artists, techies, producers working together to sustain themselves and each other.

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Housed in a Bed Stuy brownstone, our space functions as a test kitchen, event/gallery space and classroom.

We're fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas while we get our 501c3 status.

 

about us

  Shanna, 44    Co-Founder and Executive Director   Shanna’s passion for helping nontraditional students as a result of her own educational background. She attended Spelman College on scholarship majoring in Education Studies. She was sexually assaulted during that time, which caused a gap in her education. That experience served as a catalyst for Shanna working with learners whose education occurs outside of the traditional classroom setting.  Her dedication to learning and personal development enabled her to work in the education field, serving first as a early childhood educator eventually moving into management, growing a small home-based daycare into a licensed child care center with multiple sites and Universal PreK, managing daily operations and staff.  Later, she served as Manager of Education, Training and Store Operations in the fashion industry, and was responsible for managing projects such as ongoing multimedia training and strategic communications, as well as onboarding staff from Regional Vice Presidents to Store Managers.

Shanna, 44

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Shanna’s passion for helping nontraditional students as a result of her own educational background. She attended Spelman College on scholarship majoring in Education Studies. She was sexually assaulted during that time, which caused a gap in her education. That experience served as a catalyst for Shanna working with learners whose education occurs outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Her dedication to learning and personal development enabled her to work in the education field, serving first as a early childhood educator eventually moving into management, growing a small home-based daycare into a licensed child care center with multiple sites and Universal PreK, managing daily operations and staff.

Later, she served as Manager of Education, Training and Store Operations in the fashion industry, and was responsible for managing projects such as ongoing multimedia training and strategic communications, as well as onboarding staff from Regional Vice Presidents to Store Managers.

  Warner, 19    Co-Founder and Creative Director   Warner discovered his passion for art at the age of 10, he began painting and drawing, and moved on to graphic design and video directing. Disenchanted with the public high school system, Warner left school and completed his high school equivalency through The Door, a youth development not-for-profit.  Meanwhile, he immersed himself in the music and visual art scene in Brooklyn, forging valuable connections to artists young and old, and across disciplines.  His goal is to create a platform both in real life and virtually for artists and techies to connect through specific projects, across generations and internationally.

Warner, 19

Co-Founder and Creative Director

Warner discovered his passion for art at the age of 10, he began painting and drawing, and moved on to graphic design and video directing. Disenchanted with the public high school system, Warner left school and completed his high school equivalency through The Door, a youth development not-for-profit.

Meanwhile, he immersed himself in the music and visual art scene in Brooklyn, forging valuable connections to artists young and old, and across disciplines.

His goal is to create a platform both in real life and virtually for artists and techies to connect through specific projects, across generations and internationally.

 
  Diana, 21    Talent Liaison   Diana is a multimedia artist, specializing makeup and nail art, and hair care and styling. She's currently completing her associate's degree in museum arts and curatorship, and is planning on completing a bachelors' degree in anthropology with a focus on the anthropology of beauty.  She's worked as a consultant on video and film sets since she was a teenager, amassing over 5 years of experience at her young age.

Diana, 21

Talent Liaison

Diana is a multimedia artist, specializing makeup and nail art, and hair care and styling. She's currently completing her associate's degree in museum arts and curatorship, and is planning on completing a bachelors' degree in anthropology with a focus on the anthropology of beauty.

She's worked as a consultant on video and film sets since she was a teenager, amassing over 5 years of experience at her young age.

  Dari, 24    Advisory Board Member - Branding   Dari is the founder of the CULTR media collective, a content creation company focused on promoting New York City artists both emerging and more established. He's a graphic designer, photographer, and entrepreneur.  His long-term goal is to support youth who may not have the resources to explore their interests in order to make more informed decisions about career choices.

Dari, 24

Advisory Board Member - Branding

Dari is the founder of the CULTR media collective, a content creation company focused on promoting New York City artists both emerging and more established. He's a graphic designer, photographer, and entrepreneur.

His long-term goal is to support youth who may not have the resources to explore their interests in order to make more informed decisions about career choices.

 
 

OUR BOARD of trustees

 
 Dr. Nzinga Metzger was educated in the United States, receiving her B.A. in history from Florida State University and her M.A. in history from Temple University. Dr. Metzger completed her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Florida State University.  Ms. Metzger’s anthropological work focuses on Africa, the African diaspora, ritual, religion and identity. Both her master’s level and doctoral work address themes including West African notions of personhood, the historical context and the socio-cultural politics of identity in relation to colonial power, and issues of diaspora and identity formation,  Also of interest to her is the fluidity with which individual and group identities ebb and flow through history as they confront changing socio-political climates.  In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Metzger is also the founder and director of The DuniaForé Foundation which is a philanthropic, non profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to working in the African Diaspora. The organization launched a successful summer school for traditionalist children in Osogbo, Nigeria last year. The summer school, called “Asalaye Academy,” will also be running this year.

Dr. Nzinga Metzger was educated in the United States, receiving her B.A. in history from Florida State University and her M.A. in history from Temple University. Dr. Metzger completed her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Florida State University.

Ms. Metzger’s anthropological work focuses on Africa, the African diaspora, ritual, religion and identity. Both her master’s level and doctoral work address themes including West African notions of personhood, the historical context and the socio-cultural politics of identity in relation to colonial power, and issues of diaspora and identity formation,

Also of interest to her is the fluidity with which individual and group identities ebb and flow through history as they confront changing socio-political climates.

In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Metzger is also the founder and director of The DuniaForé Foundation which is a philanthropic, non profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to working in the African Diaspora. The organization launched a successful summer school for traditionalist children in Osogbo, Nigeria last year. The summer school, called “Asalaye Academy,” will also be running this year.

 
 Awam Amkpa is a curator of visual and performing arts. He recently curated Lines, Motions and Rituals in New York, Significaciones in Havana, Cuba, ReSignifications in Florence, Italy and the international traveling exhibition Africa: See You, See Me.  Trained as a dramatist, documentary filmmaker and scholar of theatre and film, he teaches Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Africana Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis in NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences.  Amkpa is co-founder and co-curator of ‘Real Life Pan-African Documentary Film Festival’ in Accra, Ghana. His documentary films include the Winds Against Ours Souls, It’s All About Downtown, The Other Day We Went to the Movies, and A Very Very Short Story of Nollywood.  Amkpa has written and directed plays for stages in Africa and Europe, and author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires and several articles on the African and African Diasporic arts, theatre and film.

Awam Amkpa is a curator of visual and performing arts. He recently curated Lines, Motions and Rituals in New York, Significaciones in Havana, Cuba, ReSignifications in Florence, Italy and the international traveling exhibition Africa: See You, See Me.

Trained as a dramatist, documentary filmmaker and scholar of theatre and film, he teaches Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Africana Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis in NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Amkpa is co-founder and co-curator of ‘Real Life Pan-African Documentary Film Festival’ in Accra, Ghana. His documentary films include the Winds Against Ours Souls, It’s All About Downtown, The Other Day We Went to the Movies, and A Very Very Short Story of Nollywood.

Amkpa has written and directed plays for stages in Africa and Europe, and author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires and several articles on the African and African Diasporic arts, theatre and film.

 Michelle Tarver attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she received a B.S. in biochemistry. She completed the MD/PhD program at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2002 earning her doctorate in clinical epidemiology.  She completed her MD at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2003.   She is board certified in ophthalmology and was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Ocular Immunology.  She joined the Food and Drug Administration in 2009 where she works on ensuring that ophthalmic devices are safe and effective before entering the US marketplace.  .She has received numerous awards for her research efforts from the FDA and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  She continues to see uveitis patients through her privileges at The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Clinic and Solomon Eye Associates.      In her free time, she actively works with foster children, ministers at her church through song, and attends the many sporting activities of her two children.  

Michelle Tarver attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she received a B.S. in biochemistry. She completed the MD/PhD program at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2002 earning her doctorate in clinical epidemiology.  She completed her MD at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2003. 

She is board certified in ophthalmology and was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Ocular Immunology.  She joined the Food and Drug Administration in 2009 where she works on ensuring that ophthalmic devices are safe and effective before entering the US marketplace.

.She has received numerous awards for her research efforts from the FDA and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  She continues to see uveitis patients through her privileges at The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Clinic and Solomon Eye Associates.   

 In her free time, she actively works with foster children, ministers at her church through song, and attends the many sporting activities of her two children.  

 
 
 Kate Watson-Wallace is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  She has toured internationally as a performer, choreographer, and educator, most recently showing work in New York at Summerstage Central Park, and choreographing St. Vincent’s performance of “Los Ageless” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  She was a 2011 Bessie Schoneberg Fellow at The Yard, a 2015 resident artist at UCLA, a 2017 Artist Resident at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art (Sey › isfjör › ur, Iceland), and a 2016 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.   She worked as a facilitator for Artists U for the last 10 years, a program dedicated to the sustainability of individual artists throughout the U.S. and is currently partnering with David Thompson on The Sustainability Project, a research project that looks at long term financial, artistic and personal sustainability for artists in New York City.  As an educator, she worked in after school education for seven years in Philadelphia public school system, and has been a guest artist at Universities across the U.S. including University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and Bryn Mawr College.

Kate Watson-Wallace is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  She has toured internationally as a performer, choreographer, and educator, most recently showing work in New York at Summerstage Central Park, and choreographing St. Vincent’s performance of “Los Ageless” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

She was a 2011 Bessie Schoneberg Fellow at The Yard, a 2015 resident artist at UCLA, a 2017 Artist Resident at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art (Seyisfjörur, Iceland), and a 2016 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. 

She worked as a facilitator for Artists U for the last 10 years, a program dedicated to the sustainability of individual artists throughout the U.S. and is currently partnering with David Thompson on The Sustainability Project, a research project that looks at long term financial, artistic and personal sustainability for artists in New York City.

As an educator, she worked in after school education for seven years in Philadelphia public school system, and has been a guest artist at Universities across the U.S. including University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and Bryn Mawr College.

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