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Parking Advisory

With forecast heavy rains for Saturday and the potential for both river and flash flooding, students are asked to avoid parking in low-lying areas of parking lots C, D, E (along the tree line), F (eastern most entrance by the pond), and N-Annex. Cars should now be on higher ground within these lots or in Lot F (by Konover Campus Center). Vehicles should be returned to their assigned parking lots by 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.

Kiayani Douglas

Kiayani Douglas

Kiayani Douglas

M.F.A. Candidate
Art Educator

Assistant Curator, 224 Gallery
Hartford, CT
Low-Residency Interdisciplinary MFA, Hartford Art School
Hartford, CT
St. Thomas More Boarding School
Oakdale, CT

B.F.A., Ceramics, 2011

I graduated from the Hartford Art School in 2011 with my BFA in Ceramics. I would always joke with classmates and say that “HAS” prepares you for life and the many obstacles you may come across. It gave me the opportunity to test multiple disciplines with their foundation program and get a full understanding of what problem solving means in all disciplines.

Since graduation I was able to obtain skills to help aid me in the multiple positions  held in management at Whole Foods Market. After deciding that I wanted to get back in to" making things" I applied for an Americorps Fellowship in Hartford where I was given the opportunity to teach girls at Grace Academy. As a fellowship teacher I wore multiple hats, teaching science, math, art, step and advising the 8th grade that experience confirmed my love for teaching and the importance of representation in my home town. I am the head of the Arts Department and teacher at St. Thomas More Boarding School where I teach 8-12th grade art. Being an artist educator has pushed me to obtain my MFA through being a part of the Hartford Art School's first cohort in their Nomad9 program. An interdisciplinary, low-residency MFA program based in regenerative culture.

Being a first year MFA student elevated my thinking and my mission when it comes to being a conscious artist advocating for many causes in my community. Currently my work is rooted in the spirit of Emory Douglas creating visual references of the Black Panther Party 10 point program and creating a dialogue around the relevance of what the BPP advocated for, over 50 years ago and what work still needs to be done for social injustices everywhere to stop. I’ve always wanted to do something for my community at large and the Hartford Art School has always played a pivotal part in me becoming an Artist Educator in the city of Hartford.

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