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From operating his design and construction company for 30 years to leading seminars across the globe to representing fellow artists, Michael W. Hall's 40 years of work as a visual artist have spanned careers and continents.
With his studies at Shaw University, Southern University, Tulane University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte fueling his creative pursuits, Michael earned his BA in Urban Planning and his Master's Degree in Fine Arts and Public Administration. Over time, his commitment to his craft would continue to prove fruitful, as he became the first person of color to join the Carolinas Chapter of ASID, and win the Columbia University Crown Award.
A devoted advocate, Michael's work with the Poor People's Campaign in their fight for economic and political justice and involvement in animal rights initiatives have allowed him to demonstrate that his love and hope for humanity know no bounds.
Michael believes our diversity and compassion are our ultimate strengths in a world where climate change and divisive politics keep us fearful of the future. By providing opportunities for visual artists to showcase their work concentrated on the African diaspora, Michael hopes others will find the courage to celebrate their individuality as they marry their mediums and distinctive beliefs to uplift and heal our society through art.
Karathe “Bernard” Muhia is a passionate and talented artist with a deep appreciation for creativity and
community. Bernard, who is proficient in both English and Kiswahili, has been Community Manager at
PAWA254 Initiative since May 2016, where he manages a thriving community of artists. His creative
spirit is complemented by his strong organizational abilities, such as preparing budgets and developing
grant proposals that have propelled artistic endeavors to new heights. He brings a unique perspective to
the world of art, drawing inspiration from diverse experiences. Alongside his dedication to art, Bernard
is equipped with photography skills, sound engineering knowledge, and an impressive ability to connect
with people. He is a dynamic and invaluable figure in the art community. His journey in the art world is a
testament to his commitment to artistic expression, his community engagement, and his ability to
transform ideas into breathtaking works of art.
Just received his Master's in Art (Fine and Applied) in 2023 from Tai Solarin University of Education, Ogun State, Nigeria