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Posted March 4, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Art+Culture
 
 

[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Ashara Ekundayo (VIsual Arts / Entrepreneurism )

Ashara Ekundayo
Ashara Ekundayo

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In 25 Words or Less

Posted: March 4, 2016

THE BASICS

Editor’s Note: Ashara is the co-founder/director of one of only 6 African American owned art galleries in the San Francisco / Oakland area.

Name: Ashara Ekundayo
Age: 40s • Status: Married • Kids: Yes
Place of Birth: Detroit, MI • Raised: Detroit, MI
Professional Background: Ashara is a cultural strategist and connector of the urban landscape and has served as catalyst, curator, educator, and producer for more than 27 years. Considered a thought-leader and strategic executor, she honed her business skills in the non-profit sector and continues to model equity, beauty, authenticity and fun.
Website: asharaekundayo.tumblr.com
Contact/Follow: EmailFacebookLinkedIn • TwitterInstagram
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: Replication Specialist at Kinkos – age 17.
Field: Social Entrepreneurism
Years of Experience: 27
Title: Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer
Company: Impact Hub Oakland – Oakland, CA
What it does and what I do: Impact Hub Oakland is an inspiring shared workspace for changemakers and entrepreneurs as well as an events venue. I am the Creative Director/Gallery Director.
Field: Cultural Strategy
Years of Experience:
Title: President
Company: Ekundayo Creative – Oakland, CA
What it does and what I do: I consult with individuals and organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management.
Additional: Founder/Executive Director, Pan African Arts Society – Denver, CO
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge (business/professional): Building a sustainable business model as a creative consultant who works in communities which aren’t accustomed to paying for professional services for “connectors.”
Significant Mistake (business/professional): Not saying “No” enough..
Significant Accomplishment (business/professional): Designing a robust marketing strategy and creative arts practice to launch the #1 Co-Working Space in the World, Impact Hub Oakland and opening Omi Gallery.
Career Advice: Start from Love/Stay In Love, Build A Team of Brilliant People who know more than you do, Teach someone how to do what you do.
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge (personal): Wanting to Do It All, All of the Time.
Significant Accomplishment (personal): Only doing what I Love in life!
Life Advice: “Put the Mask on Yourself Before Assisting Others.”
25 WORDS OR LESS: OFF THE TOP
Trait(s) most admired in others: Curiosity, Creativity, Flexibility, Humor, Bouyancy.
Some causes/organizations I support: Black Girls Code
Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 20
Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Cooking, Traveling, Dreaming.
Some of my favorite local hangouts: Miss Ollies, East Bay Meditation Center, Ozumo.
Some of my favorite TV shows: House of Cards, Vice, Anthony Bourdain:Parts Unknown.
Favorite Vacation Spot(s): NYC, Brazil, Ghana.
Place(s) I would like to visit: Ethiopia, New Zealand, Cuba.
Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): Cooking
Favorite Book(s): Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo – Toni Cade Bambara, The Way of Tenderness – Zenju Earthly Manuel.
Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Assata Shakur, Ericka Huggins, Will Allen.
Something about me that may surprise you: I was a painfully shy child and am still very shy inspite of my public life. I have 3 granddaughters!
AND LASTLY. . .
I find so much joy in being a Curator of creative spaces and aim to be the director of a contemporary museum.

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