Queen Kukoyi (they/she) is a Black Bajan of Igbo and Lokono Ancestry, Queer, Femme presenting, Mother, Author, Educator, Activist, Curator, Award Winning Scholar and International Artist. Queen is currently one of the Neighborhood Arts Network/TAF Community Arts Award finalist; as well as the Executive Director of Operations for Oddside Arts.
As a creative, and her work explores spoken word poetry, digital collage, and animations along with installation work that touch on concepts surrounding the Afrofuturistic meditative space. Queen uses the lens of Afrofuturism 2.0 in her visual arts, mindfulness, and storytelling to facilitate discourse that decolonizes the Black identity and affirms all intersections of Blackness. She practices Afrofuturism 2.0 as an exploration and reclaiming of various black identities through multiple dimensions.
Her work is a Meta-analytical Afrofuturistic convergence of meditation, music, art, and Noetic sciences through spoken word poetry, digital collage, animations, and installation work as performed and lived through intersectional Blackness. Her work allows her to speak about all intersections and amplify the voices of those who share similar experiences.
Awards and Grants
Neighborhood Arts Network | Community Arts Award finalists
City of Toronto | Shortlisted for Lawrence Heights Triangle Park Public Art Competition
ArtworxTO | Unveiling Heroes of the Block
City of Toronto | B3 Emergency Response Funds - ResponseAbility Youth Resilience Program
Centennial College | Alumni of Distinction Award
Trillium Foundation | Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF)
Toronto Arts Council | Community Arts- Baobab Project