I don’t know if you’ll be able to hear it in my voice in this week’s episode, but this interview with Marjuan Canady really did make my heart happy. I love the work that Marjuan is doing at Canady Foundation for the Arts, an organization that she founded to connect professional artists to youth of color through arts education, community, live theater, mentorship, and professional development. In all things offered through the Foundation, Marjuan aims to positively impact these youth as they develop into adulthood. It’s truly work that matters. Marjuan herself brings an extensive resume to the leadership role that she’s playing.
She is an award-winning Caribbean-American producer, director, writer, performer, entrepreneur, and educator. Her work spans theater, film, tv, children’s media and literature and has been seen at The John F. Kennedy Center, Sesame Street, The Smithsonian, Harlem Stage, The Lincoln Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and the Miami Book Fair. She is the CEO/ Author of the children's media brand, Callaloo Kids in which she penned four children’s books while adapting these stories on to international stages and into digital media. Her resume and list of accomplishments simply goes on and on and on… but her legacy will surely be in the impact that she’s having in the lives of these kids and there’s nothing, to me, more admirable than that.
I invited Marjuan here to talk about building relationships with sponsorships, something that she has ample experience doing. It’s a CAREpoint that every organization needs to thoughtfully consider, so as you listen to this interview with Marjuan, I encourage you to be thinking about the sponsors that YOUR organization could potentially reach out to and how you might create win-win connections between them and the members you serve.
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