Hailing from pre-gentrified Bushwick, Brooklyn, Jamaine Smith is a mixed media artist. Organizations and people have become his primary canvas. A hybrid thinker and seer of possibilities, Jamaine strategically leads organizations through complex problem solving, innovation, and transition. His current organizational canvas is CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, a 200+ member management commons for arts, heritage, and creative communities where he serves as Chief Commons Director. As part of this work, Jamaine sets overall organizational vision and strategy for CultureWorks and its resource areas including the nation’s first comprehensive fiscal sponsorship program for the cultural community.
Fueled by a love to provide people with tools and resources for personal growth, Jamaine has facilitated trainings nationally and internationally. His subject matter has included diversity and social justice, using the arts to combat youth violence, and the arts as a conduit for healing. Most notably, while employed by BuildaBridge International, he trained over 90 teachers and social workers throughout the country of Haiti on using the arts to create safe spaces for children.
Jamaine’s palette consists of an eclectic mix of skill sets and experiences gleaned from time spent in the arts, early child hood education, higher education, non-profit administration and social work. Jamaine holds a BA in Social Work from Nyack College (Nyack, NY), a MA in Urban Studies from Eastern University (St. Davids, PA), and a MBA (Strategic Design) from Philadelphia University (Philadelphia, PA).