Bio: Nicole Javanna Johnson is a graduate of NYU with a Bachelor's degree in Ethics, Management & Production from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Nicole has worked for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit, the Department of Health and the Department for the Aging as a Community Coordinator administering educational resources and trainings for health and wellness. Before her current job as Director of Operations at The Growing Studio, Nicole worked as a New York City Department of Education school Consultant and continues her partnership with over 15 educational organizations and city institutions to administer health and wellness programming for young adults, teachers and youth. Nicole is also Founder & Creative Director of Javanna Productions, a non-profit arts and education company with active members of all ages world wide Javanna Productions provides community leaders with the resources, funding and platforms that are needed to produce socially responsible artistic films, shows, galleries, programs, events and fundraisers. Annually, Javanna Productions presents a community driven effort entitled M.O.V.E. (Motivation Opportunity Vision Entertainment). In this assembly, members are encouraged to produce artistic pieces and events (films, visual art, performance art, music, spoken word, classes, workshops) that raise funds and awareness for a variety of social issues, causes and non-profit advocacy programs. To celebrate Black joy and delve deeper into the cultural shifts necessary to create more equitable workplaces and communities, Nicole helps community members share their stories of relationship, aspiration and inequity. Through her C.A.R.E. workshops and educational platforms (via M.O.V.E.), Nicole helps participants understand the basis of caring for one another and encourages us all to do the necessary work of introspective reflection to transform our environments. The four part C.A.R.E. workshop is a new educational platform administered by Nicole in response to recent events. Four communities have participated in the four part series thus far. Although the workshop format is new, the curriculum has been shared with communities via lecture and professional development sessions since 2016 through M.O.V.E.'s Civics, Community Service (CCC) and Creativity Curriculum. You can learn more about M.O.V.E.'s CCC program by visiting the curriculum overview on CURRICULUM Nicole is also completing her Master's degree at NYU in Education Policy & Health & Wellness Optimization. She also serves as a guest teacher at NYU addressing issues of community organizing, community health, wellness, divergent thinking and leadership.
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