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Natalie Jones

Natalie C. Jones | February Mentor

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Each month, a different NAEA member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor blog. February’s Monthly Mentor is Natalie C. Jones.

Natalie C. Jones is an artist, small business owner, and the director of education at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. She has 10 years of experience working as an art teacher and teaching artist throughout the east coast and the Midwest. She received her BFA from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, and her MA from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. During the summer months, Jones travels to different countries to immerse herself in various ethnic cultural practices and artistic traditions passed down over time, and has developed a deep passion for observing, photographing, and meeting people worldwide. She has photographed people and cultural traditions in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and India. Some of her photographs can be found in three published books: Las Tradicionales Viven! Ñawpa Yachayninchiskunaqa Kawsanmi (2018), Heirs’ Property in the African American Community by Horace A. Jones (cover art, 2013), and about Centering Possibility in Black Education by Chezare A. Warren (in press).

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