“I am excited and humbled to introduce two new members of the Yellow House team. Each brings experience and inspiration to our young, lean, and mighty organization. Collectively we look to strengthen our efforts to connect art and community. Both of these individuals are already deeply involved in curatorial activities, research and writing, public program planning, community collaborations, and our continued hurricane recovery efforts in the Ken Knight Drive community. Frances and Zaiche join a dynamic group of artists, volunteers, partners, collectors, neighbors, and activists who are bringing Yellow House to life. We all look forward to seeing you soon at Yellow House or as part of our efforts in the community.” – Hope McMath
Frances M. Grant, the very first Yellow House Fellow, graduated from American University with a BA in Art History and earned a Masters in Critical Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She taught as a graduate intern on the context of art and on women in the history of art. She authored the Critical Studies thesis paper titled, “Digitized Translations: Anime and Online American Illustrators” and has publicly presented her research. In addition to her dynamic role at Yellow House, Frances is serving as the Curatorial Intern at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.
“Yellow House represents a genuine interest in exploring the relationship between social justice, communal collaboration, and art making,” Frances shared. “This establishment values art as a politically, socially, and culturally charged phenomenon. At Yellow House, art can generate equity and economic growth for creators and communities that face adversity due to institutionalized bigotry. I am eager to support the endeavors of Yellow House and its goal to ultimately empower marginalized groups in Jacksonville.”
Zaiche Johnson, Creative Catalyst for Yellow House, brings a wealth of experience to our multi-arts programming, marketing, and community building efforts. Zaiche is a multi-dimensional artist who’s dexterity extends through the disciplines of music, literary application, film, design, curatorial branding, aesthetic exploration, community reanimation, and modish abolition or the historic pursuit of independence from tyrrany using modern tools like style and media. Among his accomplishments are performances at the The Getty Museum and Brooklyn Academy of Art with his group Power Douglas, recorded music videos in Europe and Japan, and as showcase curator for the Tom Windish Agency. His work has been featured in Time Out New York, URB Magazine, and MetroPop. Locally he has been an entrepreneur, writer, performer, advocate, and even a nutritional consultant to the late MaVynee Betsch, all of which underscores the breadth of his talent.
“My work at Yellow House is anchored in my unrelenting pursuit of bringing forth societal equity, by utilizing reparative economic directives, structural power shifts, diametric health initiatives, humanitarian unity, and imaginative expression,” says Zaiche.