Education

2018–     MFA, Intermedia + Digital Arts, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD (expected May 2021)

2017       BS, Electronic Media and Film, Towson University, Towson, MD

2010       Young Scholars Program, Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

                     Courses: ARCH 150 - Discovering Architecture (3)

Awards, Grants, Acknowledgments

2021      Fleur And Charles Bresler Residency, VisArts (forthcoming in September) 

2020      Most Cultured Podcast Nominee - OBSIDIAN Podcast, Black Podcasting Awards

2020      Red Bull Arts Baltimore Microgrant - August

2020      IGNYTE Award Nominee - Best Fiction Podcast - OBSIDIAN Podcast, FIYAHCON 2020, FIYAH Literary Magazine

2020      Baltimore Artist Retreat, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Baltimore, MD

2019      Rubys Artist Grant - Media Arts - OBSIDIAN Podcast, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Baltimore, MD

2019      Professional Development Grant, UMBC Graduate Student Association, Baltimore County, MD

2017      Born in Baltimore Film Festival, Baltimore, MD

                    Official Selection, A Letter From the 8th Floor (2017)

2017      Women in Leadership Conference, Towson University, Towson, MD

                    Nominated Attendant by College Dean

2016      Media Arts Festival, Towson University, Towson, MD

                    2nd Place Music Mixing, Across (2016)

Solo Exhibition History
Group Exhibition History

2020      Everything is ConnectedJubilee Arts, Baltimore, MD (online due to COVID-19)

2021      SPARK IV: A New World, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2020      OBSIDIAN Podcast, Refusing Refusal, Baltimore, MD (online due to COVID-19)

2019      No Walls, No Bans, No BordersThe Peale Center, Baltimore, MD (curated by Rebel Lens Bmore)
2019      SupernovaStartUp Shell, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (curated by Tajbik Sheikh)
2019      Sister Cities Animated!Sweaty Eyeballs Animation, Baltimore, MD (curated by Lynn Tomlinson and myself)
2017      Born in Baltimore Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
2016      Progress, 4c Gallery, Baltimore, MD (curated by Markele Cullins and Suldano Abdiruhman; Online)

Curatorial Experience

2019      Sister Cities Animated!, Sweaty Eyeballs Animation, Parkway Theater, Baltimore, MD, February 11

2018      Bmore Accomplished: Not Just History... Black History, Calendar, Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore, MD, Fall 2018

2018      The Skin We’re In, Zine, Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore, MD, Spring 2018

Presentations, Conferences, Panels

2020      "Making a Case for W.E.B. Du Bois as a Proto-Afrofuturist," History Should Make You Uncomfortable, presenter, Coalition                  of Master's Scholars on Material Culture, November 21 (online due to COVID-19)

2020      “WOC Artists Panel,” The BlackPrint, presenter, University of Maryland, College Park’s Multicultural Involvement &                             Community Advocacy (MICA), College Park, MD, February 26
2019      “Baltimore Spotlight: OBSIDIAN,” From Disordered to Deadly: Information and Power, presenter, Media Democracy                           Fund, Baltimore, MD, December 4
2019      “Instances of Behavioral Dissonance,” Border Control: Symposium & Exhibition, presenter, New Media Caucus, Ann                           Arbor, MI, September 21
2019      “#AllRappersGoToHeaven,” Shell Talk, presenter, StartUp Shell - University of Maryland, College Park, MD, April 4
2018      “Mapping a Pathway to Success through Creative Youth Development,” presenter, Maryland Out-of-School Time                                 Network Conference, Baltimore, MD, January 10

Work History

2020       Research Assistant, Office of Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and                              Culture, Washington, DC, February-April
2019-20 Exhibition Designer, Center For Art, Design And Visual Culture, UMBC, Baltimore, MD
2019–     Co-Creator/Producer/Writer, OBSIDIAN Podcast, Baltimore MD
2019       Community Communications Manager, Rap Research Lab, Baltimore, MD, June-August
2018-19 Communications and Social Media Research Assistant, Intermedia + Digital Arts MFA Department, UMBC, Baltimore                        County, MD
2015-19 Volunteer Short Film Judge, Muslim Interscholastic Tournament, Washington, DC
2013       Research and Membership Intern, Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD, June-August

Teaching Experience

2020-21 Teaching Artist, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

                     Art Activity Instructional Video for Virtual Corporate Council Night, December 2020 and May, June 2021 (forthcoming)

2019-20 Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD

                     Introduction to Printmaking, Fall 2020

                     Intermedia Studio, Fall 2020

                     Introduction to Art + Media Studies, Fall and Spring 2019-2020

                     Visual Concepts I, Fall 2019

2019-20 Instructor, Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA), University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD

                     The Art of Stop-Motion Animation, Summer 2020

                     The Art of Sound Animation, Summer 2019

2016-18 Lead Media Instructor, Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore MD
                     Animation, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
                     Social Design, Fall and Spring 2016-2018
2016-17 Teaching Assistant, Towson University, Towson, MD
                     Visual Effects, Fall 2016
                     Animation Action Lab, Spring 2017
2013-16 Teaching Assistant, Govans Elementary School, Baltimore, MD
                     Writing and Reading Comprehension, Fall and Spring 2013-2016

Committees

2021       Member, Baltimore Field School, Working Group
2020-21 Trustee, Awesome Foundation, Baltimore MD

Press, Publications

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Lauren Passell, "⚰️ Lincoln's cadaver, Billie Holliday, a hip-hop conspiracy theory, Oklahoma City 🎶 Endless Thread's Amory Sivertson 🧵" Podcast The Newsletter, 12 October. Web.  

https://podcastthenewsletter.substack.com/p/-lincolns-cadaver-billie-holliday

"60 Minutes Through Space." Open World, 8 October. Web. https://www.openworldradio.com/2020/10/08/60-minutes-through-space/

Lakshmi Gandhi, "55 years later, 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' still inspires." NBC News, 10 September. Web.  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/55-years-later-autobiography-malcolm-x-still-inspires-n1239797

 

Safiyah Cheatam, “Making a Case for W.E.B. Du Bois as a Proto-Afrofuturist.” The Drinking Gourd | Medium, 31 July. Web. https://medium.com/the-drinking-gourd/making-a-case-for-w- e-b-du-bois-as-a-proto-afrofuturist-302c60d8db8d

Aysha Khan, “Muslim women are building new worlds in science fiction and changing the confines of the genre.” The Washington Post, 17 July. Web. https://www.washingtonpost.com/ religion/muslim-women-are-building-new-worlds-in-science-fiction-and-changing-the- confines-of-the-genre/2020/07/17/ddea6a6e-c7aa-11ea-a99f-3bbdffb1af38_story.html

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque, “Podcast Fever.” UMBC Magazine, 9 June. Web. https://magazine.umbc.edu/podcast-fever/

 

Teri Henderson, “MASTERS: Safiyah Cheatam.” BmoreArt, 28 May. Web. https://bmoreart.com/2020/05/masters-safiyah-cheatam.html

Vanessa Taylor, “Degrowing the Future. Part One of The Drinking Gourd’s Afrofuturism roundtable series." The Drinking Gourd | Medium, 31 January. Web. https://medium.com/the- drinking-gourd/degrowing-the-future-3bbfc28a725

Skills

Writing; Research and Planning; Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter); Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, AfterEffects, Lightroom); Dragonframe (Animation Software); DSLR Camera (Canon, Nikon); Digital Archives; Public Speaking, Customer Service, Curriculum Building, Smithsonian TMS System, MS Office (Word, Excel)

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