The Fellowship is a six-month paid residency for two individuals to collaboratively create a new performance-based project exploring environmental justice. Fellows develop this project with regular opportunities to share work, participate in other programs of Superhero Clubhouse, and engage with our community. The Fellowship culminates in a presentation for an invited audience.
(she/her/hers) Dreamer. Daughter. Dancer. Lover. Movement fairy. Earth adoring. Liberation believing. Donnay is a Brooklyn born Black Femme, raised by a collective of single, working class mothers. As a multidisciplinary artist she fluidly moves from the realms of dance, theatre, and storytelling to somatics, yoga, and herbalism and seamlessly interweave these elements into the cultural throughline of her work. Her practice explores the connection of mind, body, spirit, land, ancestry and cultural practice. She holds a BA from Oberlin and worked under the mentorship of Adenike Sharpley and MFA from Pratt. Donnay is an educator working towards collective liberation and currently a teaching artist flowering love around the city.
(she/her/hers) Diana is an environmental educator, playwright, essayist, and Pushcart-nominated poet. Her work has been published in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Yemassee, and Sky Island Journal, and more. She has written, produced, and co-directed an original play titled Tears at the Margins, which detailed gentrification in Oakland, California’s Chinatown. She is an alumna of California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) at CalArts and Northwestern University, where she earned her bachelors degrees in Environmental Science and Asian American Studies. Recipient of many notable scholarships and fellowships for writing, including the Leonard A. Slade, Jr. Poetry Fellowship for Writers of Color, the L. Feder enrichment grant, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference.
Watch Echoes of Liberation: A People's Calling, the short film created by Donnay and Diana (with Raghav Ravi, Cyán Williams, and Nkoula Badila and her mom) and included as part of the June 20, 2020 Fellowship culminating Zoom event. In addition to sharing the film, Donnay and Diana led attendees in guided meditation, free writing, and collective song-making in the legacy of Freedom Songs. Congratulations to Donnay and Diana on their six month collaboration!
Cecilia Lim (she/her/hers) Based in Queens, NYC, USA (Lenape territory), Cecilia Lim leads collaborative and participatory art projects that raise awareness of social issues, illuminate the work everyday individuals are doing to create a just world, and show how to get involved in this work. Cecilia's ongoing project in support of environmental justice, Remember Y(our) Connection/Tandaan And Ating Ugnayan, uplifts the wisdom of community members on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Project photos and video were shown at the Queens Public Library in Woodside, NY, and the project was featured in The FilAm Magazine and on Balitang America and Asia Pacific Forum.
Anita Raman (she/her/hers) is a Sustainability Program Manager with 12+ years of experience in the fields of environment and climate change. Most recently, she managed a $10 million dollar portfolio of global projects to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in the Global South. She has been a United States delegate advocating for science and technology cooperation, and supported several U.S. environment technical agencies with implementation of regulations and climate adaptation projects. At the UN, she was a key player in the organization and signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. Some of her former clients and employers include the United Nations, NY Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, US Department of State, USEPA, and Columbia University. A published researcher, Ms. Raman graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science from UCLA and a Masters of Arts degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.
Cata Romo (they/them) Cata is a biker, jardinerx, program designer, and an intergenerational collaborator. They have worked within layers of the environmental movement, youth empowerment and visual/embodied storytelling for the past seven years. Their work has spanned museums, cultural spaces and environmental campaigns. Some writing communities they have been a part of include Ms. Fiallo’s Woman of Color writing class at Casa Azul in East Harlem back in 2014 and Bushra Rehman's Two Truths class in Brooklyn repeatedly over the years. Their most recent residency be found at http://artistservices.bax.org/residencies/needing-it/ , and a current project, BiCi, an immigrant girls bike crew, can be found at @cycle.bicininxs on IG.
Y? (he/him) is an Artist and Educator who manifested in his current physical incarnation in Queens NYC. He believes in the power of Art to transform perception and by changing our selfs change the word. His latest project is www.ShooterArt.com
Thank you to our wonderful 2020 selection committee: Josh Browne (Ph.D., Columbia University Earth & Environmental Engineering, Founder Rho AI & Superhero Clubhouse Officer - New York, NY), Houston Cypress (Director, Love the Everglades Movement -Miccosukee Otter Clan), Shy Richardson (2019 Superhero Clubhouse Fellow and Program Director, El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center - New York, NY), Meena Malik (Program Manager, Theater, New England Foundation for the Arts - Los Angeles, CA), Claire Moodey (multidisciplinary theater artist & Superhero Clubhouse Ambassador- Brooklyn, NY), and Mauricio Pita (Community Programs Manager, Arena Stage & Superhero Clubhouse Ambassador- DC).