Sharbreon Plummer

AAAE 2020 Board Nominee

Sharbreon Plummer, AAAE Student Member

Bio: Sharbreon Plummer is an artist, strategist, storyteller and creative practitioner with over a decade of experience in arts and community engagement-based roles. Her upbringing in southern Louisiana informs her interest and investment in how culture and ancestral memory act as influencers of personal expression and contemporary work, specifically within the African Diaspora and Global South. Her areas of focus and research include:

  • the effects systemic racism and erasure in arts-based settings
  • equity and inclusion within the arts 
  • oral history and cultural preservation through storytelling
  • African American + diasporic material and visual culture

Most recently she was selected to be an Alliance of Artist Communities Diversity and Leadership Fellow, YWCA Leadership for Social Change Fellow (Columbus, OH) and participant in the 2018 Tate Intensive (London, UK). She has facilitated work presented in/for institutions such as Project Row Houses (Houston, TX), Americans for the Arts (NYC), Rush Corridor Gallery (New York, NY), the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Sharbreon acted as the Program Associate for Community Engagement for the Joan Mitchell Center Artist Residency Program (2013-2017), and continues to serve as an independent consultant on special projects and artistic collaborations. In addition to her academic pursuits, Sharbreon currently is the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (jCRAE). 

Position Statement: As a practitioner, student and educator, I can speak firsthand to the ways that art acts as a catalyst for change, inspiration and personal expression. Unfortunately, as a Black woman, I also know what it is like to feel isolated, under-resourced, and alone–even in a room full of peers. Despite declarations of good intentions by organizations and individual administrators, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done towards establishing equitable systems and practices that support artists and administrators with marginalized identities. Such work requires that those who wish to effect change to be present in spaces, conversations and processes that have the power to make deep impact through reinventing how we understand the field and the future we wish to create. I am applying for a board position within the Association of Arts Administration Educators as a way to do my part in taking action. I have found that many institutions and educators are not engaging in deep reflexivity on their own positionality and standing within the power structures erected in society and our field. Through such initiatives as the AAAE DEI Agenda for Action, I would like to collaboratively challenge willful ignorance and inaction, especially in spaces of teaching and learning. If we are responsible for shaping the next generation of administrators and educators, it requires that we embody values that dismantle hegemony and create points of entry for those who have been historically excluded.