Ella Turenne

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Ella Turenne Ella Turenne is an artist, activist and educator.  She is currently an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Gallatin School and Director of Special Projects at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts where she develops initiatives in civic engagement and diversity.  Her work has been published in various anthologies including Letters From Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out and Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, nominated for a 2007 NAACP Image Award.  She is also the editor of a volume of visual art and poetry commemorating the Haitian revolution entitled revolution|revolisyon|révolution 1804 - 2004: An Artistic Commemoration of the Haitian Revolution.  As a filmmaker, Ella’s work has been an official selection of various national film festivals including the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Montreal International Haitian Film Festival where her short film woodshed was nominated for Best Short Film.

As an activist, she is an advisory board member of the Blackout Arts Collective, a grassroots organization whose mission is to empower communities of color through arts, education and activism. With Blackout, Ella participated in Lyrics on Lockdown, a national tour where she performed and facilitated workshops educating communities about the prison industrial complex. She works with incarcerated youth and has developed arts based workshops with youth whose parents are or have been incarcerated.  Ella is also co-founder of SistaPAC Productions, a multi-media production company working in theatre, film, television, new and interactive media.  Its mission is to create original works from the perspective of women of color.  www.blackwomyn.com