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Oma Kofi Darku

Position: Movement Leader
Categories: Movement Leader

Majoring in fine art (painting focused), Kofi received a B.A. from Wabash College and studied overseas at the Slade School of Art, University College London, UK. After 10 years in arts education and education, Kofi achieved a Masters of Public Policy from Vanderbilt, Peabody College to bring more equity into education and employment practices. Active in several disciplines of the visual and performing arts, Kofi extends his training and experience throughout the Greater Louisville area. A lot of this experience was absorbed working at Gallery 37, a jobs training program for youth in the arts in Chicago and Chicago Commons Child Development program (reliant on an arts-based curriculum – the Reggio Emilia approach). When Kofi pictures black people, he sees patriots, entrepreneurs, fathers/family leaders, educated citizens and effective artists – demonstrating excellence for the nation, world and future generations. He aims to help others see this also. Having lived in Chicago, Indianapolis, Nashville, London UK, and Louisville, Kofi’s been inspired by afro-centric art in these cities and knows the positive, lasting impact public art has on the pan-African communities living in them. Kofi wants this impact in southern Indiana, Louisville’s northern suburb.