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.
Behind the scene, 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!” Anyka was named Most Socially Engaged Curator in 2015 and Betti Ono was nominated and voted ‘Best of the East Bay’ for the past five consecutive years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 by East Bay Express.
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!