Aziza Robinson-Goodnight / Executive Director

Creative individuals are the essence of a thriving community. It always takes the artist to see the beauty and endless possibilities of a neighborhood.”

An avid artist, educator, activist, entrepreneur and community organizer, Aziza is a woman committed to shaping, reenergizing and creating systemic, sustainable changes. She knows that communities need artists and could not survive without a creative perspective. Sitting on multiple boards and advisory committees for several of the developments, she sees firsthand how difficult and beautiful change can be.

The daughter of Paul Goodnight, famed painter and entrepreneur best known for his vibrant depictions of Black culture around the world, and employee of the family owned business Color Circle Art Publishing Inc., She was born into the arts, having grown up in the Piano Factory, a historical art-space well noted for its artist living spaces arts advocacy. A graduate of HBCU Hampton University, she has spent her time since graduation serving communities of color. Boston has been the base for her activism from serving as Chair of the upcoming Frederick Douglass Sculpture Project (2011-Present) to sitting on the executive board of the Boston Branch NAACP as the Chair of the ACT-SO Committee (2012-2016), and now as a member of the UNCF Board.

Previously she taught Arts and Ethics and was the Director of Afterschool and Enrichment at Davis Leadership Academy, Director of the Jericho Road Project, and is a managing partner of “Gallery-Z” on Dudley which is both an art Gallery and community teaching space, where young people are at the heart of all decisions.

My life long understanding of being a person of color and the power the arts to create change pushes me to continue serve and believe in a beautiful future.”

 

Dr. Cara Berg Powers Ed.D / Director Emeritus

Cara has been working for over 15 years in arts and culture to help people reimagine and reshape the world. She is currently on the faculty at Worcester State University and has previously taught at UMASS Boston and Wheelock College, as well as guest lecturing at a number of colleges and universities. She has produced content for MTV and NBC, and has presented at national conferences on issues of media, culture and equity. Her work has been published by Harvard University in partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation, as well as through several feminist publications. She was featured in Gloria Feldt’s No Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power and gave the inaugural symposium for the UpTake’s groundbreaking Conflict Sensitive Journalism fellowship. Cara serves the community through several Boards and Committees. She is Vice Chair of the Human Rights Commission in her hometown of Worcester, MA where she resides with her husband and daughter and plays Roller Derby as Surely Chis’l. You can reach her at cara@tcproject dot org.

 

Christine Armstrong / Managing Director

As a Boston native, Christine has worked to empower underserved populations and POCs through workforce development, youth development, and arts. Well-known for her commitment to the community, in its efforts toward self-empowerment and social equality. Christine brings more than 10 years’ experience working with nonprofit organizations, throughout Boston with a BA in Community Planning and Youth Work from UMass Boston. You can reach her at christine@tcproject[dot]org

Matthew Feener / Creative Director

As a professional filmmaker, Matt has worked to better document and share the stories of his community since a young age. After graduating from The Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Matt returned to Lynn and joined the staff of Real to Reel, a non-profit film school using media as the canvas for creative expression which helped him get his start. At TCP, Matt ensures the quality and community accountability of our content, as well as overseeing curriculum and direction of our youth serving programs. You can reach him at matt@tcproject dot org.

Arielle Gray / Assemble Events Coordinator

Arielle is a Boston-based writer, poet and music journalist. She currently writes for the music website KillerBoomBox, while moonlighting as a freelance writer with work published through various mediums, including For Harriet and SoulBounce. You can catch her working on her collective for creatives of color, BLK MKT, and you can follow her on InstagramFacebook and Twitter to keep up to date with her work and upcoming work/performances. You can reach her at arielle@tcproject dot org.

 

Letia Larok / Education Director

In 2002, a contest in Franklin Park landed Letia on BET’s 106 and Park as Freestyle Friday champion for four weeks in a row, following it up on Showtime at the Apollo. Letia has won Best Female Artist from the New England Music Awards and the Mass Industry Committee (MIC). She brings her passion for storytelling an healing through music into the classroom and as our Program Coordinator for Creative Classrooms, connects other artists to the opportunity to share their gifts with the next generation! You can reach her at letia@tcproject dot org.