Nicole O'Neal (she/her/hers) is a musician, market researcher, activist, and writer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Most days you can find her managing research projects and digital campaigns at Pivot Marketing. At other times you can hear her making music in the band Wife Patrol, whose 2020 debut album "Too Prickly For This World" received critical acclaim from AfroPunk, VICE, Punk Black, Bandcamp, and Indianapolis Monthly. She has contributed writing to Classical Music Indy's NOTE Magazine and was a co-founder of the 2019 Woo Grl Fest, a music festival showcasing women and underrepresented performers. She earned her B.A. in Music Business from Indiana University's Individualized Major Program, in addition to completing the Liberal Arts and Management Program as well as a music minor.
Her art is guided by a strong desire to tell stories, connect people, and create space for the voices that are often excluded and unexpected.
Founder/Independent Curator of the Annual FLAVA FRESH ! Juried Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art. Founder: D. Del Reverda-Jennings ~ FLAVA FRESH ! Presents:, MÉLANGE Group, Urbane D'Art Kids Inc.
Her Interdisciplinary practice draws from a kaleidoscope of cultural nuance, insight and connection as a published journalist, arts editor, author and poet. She has extensive experience in the Fine Arts as a prolific artist who fabricates outputs that push the boundaries of creativity in award-winning 2, 3 Dimensional work which feature personal symbolism and reflective imagery pervasive of African and Latin Diasporic culture relative to contemporary women of color and the Divine Feminine. Her artworks have been exhibited and are held in private and corporate collections internationally.
Presently a CICF Artist Ambassador she has over two decades of familiarity, participation and facilitation with Arts & Culture in the Midwest and a long history of committed resourcefulness, passion and stewardship in grassroots and non-profit organizations.
Born in Mexico, raised in the Midwest, Eduardo is passionate about bringing the two cultures together. He is the founder of Arte Mexicano en Indiana, an organization that promotes Mexican arts and artists in Indiana; a co-founder of La Sardina Gallery, a pop up gallery that brings art to spaces and communities that are arts deserts; a co-founder of Nopal Cultural, a Latino-American arts organization in Indianapolis; and founder of Espanglish Night(now Radio Calaca) which promotes and books spanish-language and latino music acts in Central Indiana. He also manages events and appearances of his friend El Camaron Electronico, a luchador whose mission is to bring culture to the community. Eduardo is a graduate of IUPUI with a Bachelor's degree in Media Arts Science. Eduardo is a staff artist with Big Car Collaborative and currently is in a mentorship program with Carlos Tortolero, the Founder and President of the National Museum of Mexican Art, the first Latino museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Nasreen grew up in West Africa and Indonesia and moved to the gritty American Midwest by way of New York City. She teaches art and does community programming for a living while writing poetry to stay sane. She and her toddler son live in their bungalow on Indianapolis’ Near Westside.
Her Indianapolis art is all a tribute to Haughville. Haughville has been the tableau for building community, exploring her queer identity, motherhood, and teaching her son about race. Since moving to Indianapolis three years ago and putting down roots, walking the streets of Haughville and becoming part of the fabric here has kept her grounded. A Westside maelstrom of chaotic motherhood, an avid gardener and a roving appetite in heels—on a Friday night she can be found cooking various organ meats or chasing down a stellar mint julep.
About the Program
Four central Indiana-based artists are selected as Equity Ambassadors to assist in evaluating how Arts Council of Indianapolis policies and practices impact individual artists of color in Indianapolis. The ambassadors employ simple research methods using the lens of inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and sustainability to evaluate all artist-related activity including grant and fellowship programs (Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship, Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award, etc.), presenting venues (Gallery 924 and Indianapolis Artsgarden), Artist Services programs, and public art. Their findings will inform a series of recommendations to be considered and implemented by the Arts Council for stronger and more inclusive engagement with communities of color.
The Equity Ambassadors program is funded in part by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.