ANYKA BARBER, FOUNDING DIRECTOR & CURATOR
Born and raised in Oakland, California Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist/activist, curator and entrepreneur. In 2010 Anyka founded Betti Ono, a creative social enterprise and center for arts, culture, and community committed to the cultural, social, political and economic emancipation and development of low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities of color. In her role as director and curator of Betti Ono, she has curated and produced more than 60 exhibitions and public programs, as well as designed and integrated art, enterprise and social impact strategy to leverage creative capital, cultural products, and networks for good. She was most recently Director of Engagement and the Center for Audience and Civic Engagement at the Oakland Museum leading the museum’s signature education and public programs teams. She was Program Officer and Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation working with the Anchoring Communities/Place team to activate more than $10M in investments to preserve the racial and cultural identity of the Bay Area, prevent the displacement of low-income and communities of color and bring greater racial and economic equity to the region.
Anyka is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor. In June 2015, Anyka initiated the formation and design of a grassroots arts action and advocacy body, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, whose mission is to “#KeepOaklandCreative, affordable and vibrant!”
Betti Ono has received numerous awards for its artists engagement, exhibitions, programs and community partnerships including a two-time 2018 Essence Magazine nod as one of the 5 reasons to visit Oakland, Best of the Bay 2018 ‘Boutique Art Gallery” by Oakland Magazine, Nominations and/or winning ‘Best Gallery’ by East Bay Express readers in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014. Betti Ono has also received Alameda County Supervisors commendation for service in the community in 2017 and 2016, and the Beneficial State Bank 2016 Oakland Indie “Social Changemaker” Award.
BRITTANEY CARTER, COMMUNICATIONS FELLOW
Brittaney grew up in Hahira, Georgia, where she developed a love of the written word along with a southern drawl. She previously worked as the community engagement director at ALL IN Alameda County and the economic justice campaign manager at Color Of Change. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Georgia, as well as a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Her favorite part of living in the Bay Area is the unfettered access to quality wine and the ever-present opportunities to meet and form friendships with liberation-minded people.
Brittaney Carter is the Betti Ono communications fellow and principal of Black Coffee Creative, a creative communications consultancy.
IMANI DILTZ, CURATORIAL FELLOW
Imani Love is a 22-year-old writer based in Chicago, whose practice though rooted in poetry expands to bookmaking and screenwriting. Currently, her work focuses on the experiences of Black peoples by the sea, inter-generational memories, and the replenishment of cultural archives. She is a recent graduate earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Writing Program, and is thrilled to work alongside her longtime mentor Anyka Barber as a Betti Ono Curatorial Fellow!
SHEENA JOHNSON, SENIOR CONSULTANT/SEEDING COURAGE CONSULTING
As a Betti Ono senior consultant, Sheena provides strategic advisement and capacity to organizational development and fundraising efforts. She brings over a decade of experience working at the intersection of social justice and arts & culture as both an accomplished artist-activist and effective non-profit administrator. She uses her skills to “seed courage” by supporting organizations committed to social change and investing in the creative capacity of communities. Sheena’s areas of expertise include: creative non-traditional strategic partnerships, deep authentic community listening centering the voice of youth and most impacted communities, a strong background in fundraising and marketing, decision making rooted in rigorous research and evaluation, visionary program and strategy development, and a fearless can-do attitude rooted in a strong commitment to building community.
Sheena Johnson is a non-profit consultant and cultural strategist committed to social change. She is the founder and principal consultant of Seeding Courage Consulting. http://seedingcourage.weebly.com/
BETTI ONO ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
CICELY DAY, FOUNDING MEMBER
Cicely is a maker, photographer, and lover of all things tech!
Cicely was born and raised in Oakland, CA, and taught in Oakland Unified School District for 10 years, earning advanced teaching credentials while perfecting her mad scientist skills as a classroom teacher and maker-ed instructor. She most recently joined the West Contra Costa Unified School District as the Fab Lab Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)
In addition to Betti Ono, Cicely serves as the treasurer of EBCUE Board (a CUE affiliate). Cicely is the co-chair of Access and Equity Learning Network with CUE Inc. She is also a presenter, lecturer, trainer and teacher-leader with the following accomplishments under her belt: 2016 Digital Equity Award(ISTE), Agency by Design Maker Fellow 2016-17, Raspberry Pi Certified Teacher, Code.org Facilitator, East Bay CUE Board Member, CUE Rockstar Faculty, Ed Camp Oakland Founder.
QADIR SCOTT, YOUTH MEMBER