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Alexis Mena

Alexis Mena is a two-spirited multidisciplinary artist, born in Brooklyn, NY and identifies as Afro-Taino. After graduating high school Alexis skipped college and obtained his real estate license and practiced both real estate and mortgage finance until 2008. In 2011, Alexis and a team of artists opened Kustom Journey, a business incubator that served the Bushwick and Bedstuy artists and the local community as an event space and consignment-based retail shop.
In 2014 Alexis served as the project manager of Mi Tierra, a grassroots initiative that transformed a 10,000 sq. ft. vacant lot in Brooklyn into a vibrant green space which was built with sustainable practices, and included a miniature golf course, a stage, zen garden, and an outdoor gallery. Since 2010 Alexis has co-organized several placemaking projects that range from the creation of four community gardens, two school gardens, over a dozen community murals, several professional development trainings directed at the creative community, as well as anti gentrification and immigration reform actions throughout NYC.
For the past 8 years Alexis has focused on facilitating programming and workshops with a focus on culturally-centered urban farming practices, nutritional culinary arts programming, and public art curricula with the Brooklyn Museum, the MoCADA, Groundswell and a dozen other NPOs/Arts institutions around NY, MA, CA, Japan, and Holland. Alexis is also the Creative Director of Artrepreneurship, an art and design worker owned Co-op, and Co-founder of Back to Black a Farming and Wellness Worker owned Cooperative. Since 2017 Alexis serves as the Public Art Manager of Arts East New York managing several successful projects such as CivLabs, and curating the Arts ENY Gallery space.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, April 27

1:55pm EDT