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Pintora, escultora, educadora de integración artística, directora de programas, diseñadora digital autodidacta, bailarina e instructora, escritora creativa, productora de alimentos ancestrales, archivera, instructora de creatividad e instrucción, practicante de Reiki y Hoodoo, fotógrafa de naturaleza, artista de curación comunitaria (instalaciones interactivas) , Naturaleza-Herborista, Ensamblajes de materiales

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Janae' "Jaee Honey" Sumter

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Janae' "Jaee/Honey" Sumter (ellos/ellas) es una niña índigo migratoria y estudiante de la vida de Nueva Orleans, Los Ángeles, y descendiente de profundas raíces Gullah Geechee, nativas y criollas. Jaee tiene una rica experiencia de nueve años y práctica en Artes Culturales Creativas, Educación de Integración Artística y Organización Comunitaria.

Jaee tiene un arte multidisciplinario muy diverso que se centra en los puentes intergeneracionales, la soberanía global, la justicia ambiental, la preservación cultural e histórica, la construcción de comunidades y legados, y el aprendizaje integral de la persona que proporciona caminos hacia la liberación y la comprensión socioemocional en torno a las brechas sistémicas y equitativas.

A través de sus enfoques artísticos hacia la liberación, Jaee es una educadora de integración de las artes, organizadora comunitaria, archivista, planificadora de eventos, curadora, entrenadora de establecimiento de metas, herbolaria, sanadora de energía sagrada, practicante de Hoodoo, empresaria creativa y cultivadora de cultivos que utiliza la educación y las artes culturales creativas para desarraigar la injusticia y las disparidades sistémicas raciales y de salud. Jaee construye directamente con personas negras, indígenas y creadoras, así como con organizaciones de color y socios inclusivos en los EE. UU e internacionalmente para replantar semillas de empoderamiento que nutran soluciones hacia la interdependencia.  Jaee obtuvo su Licenciatura en Artes de Estudio de Spelman College en Atlanta, GA, y su Maestría en Bellas Artes en Prácticas Integradas del Instituto Pratt en Brooklyn, Nueva York, enfocándose en Artes Comunitarias y Justicia Social. 

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Their healing arts and justice work activates ancestral demystification, sustainability through sacred practice, and ecological learning that fights for food security and works to end global poverty. Their work actualizes in real-time through developing creative learning projects and programs that integrate art and culture through the lens of land preservation that builds practical solutions. Their philosophy is that building solutions together uplifts community collaboration and ancestral connection that acts as a guiding light toward initiating socio-political awareness around decolonizing colonized philosophies that create interpersonal inequities.

 

 Jaee has an expanding diverse six-year teaching background working with K-12 and adults in traditional and nontraditional educational environments within and beyond the U.S. Their teaching includes Visual and Community Arts, Cultural Arts, English, and Arts Integration. That includes public, charter, boarding, international, and community schools as well as shelters, service centers, and freedom forest schools, within and beyond through their community arts and wellness education program, Asé O. They believe education, skill and personal development, mindset reprogramming and cultural storytelling are significant pathways toward liberation, equitability, sustainability, and legacy sustainment. Their framework unpacks the roots of generational trauma, personal-collective oppression, and community separation and using creative practice to develop solutions that rebirth understanding, empowerment, resilience, and liberation for everyone.

​As a New Orleans native growing up in underserved communities, Jaee's childhood integrated the powerful spirit of community, ancestry, and spiritual practice that honored cultural celebration, creativity as survival, and tradition, even in hardship. As they experienced the highs of community and culture, they also experienced elevated levels of oppression as a child and adult from abuse, colorism, poverty mindset, homelessness, homophobia, gender bias, neurodivergence, and more.

 Jaee learned the importance of understanding minimal resources and creativity for abundant solution-building, storytelling, healing, identity expression, and giving back.​ Through those experiences, creative practice supported them as a foundational language for what they were processing.

As they gratefully traveled over the years, they learned of the similar injustices and traditions around the world that fostered connections between them. This awareness guided them deeper toward their mission of fighting for global sovereignty, legacy sustainment, and intergenerational bridging. With them living in cities in the South, East, West, and Asia and traveling to Sumter SC, Thailand, Myanmar, Puerto Rico, Laos, and Mexico, they learned new ways of exchanging liberation, integration, self-discovery, and community power.​ Jaee is the founder and director of Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary LLC, where these principles and frameworks are built honestly and with/for the community.

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