Rae De Vine (they/them), 2019
Rae is an interdisciplinary artist and facilitator who engages with the arts as a vehicle for healing and building community. Queer, Black, and Indigenous with Gullah and Caribbean roots, while in EMERGE their research question explored the intersection and convergence of their identities, all through a transracial adoptee lens. As a Poet, Vocalist, and Theatre Artist, they have participated in workshops and readings at Cave Canem and The Leslie Lohman Museum, have appeared Off-Broadway, and as a featured vocalist in iconic venues including The Apollo, Carnegie Hall, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and Jazz at Lincoln Center. As a Teaching Artist, Facilitator, and Mentor, Rae has held space for fellow adoptees, students, and refugee youth of all ages in both English and Spanish, and deeply believes in the transformative power of the arts in education. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Marymount Manhattan College, they were an Innovative Cultural Advocacy (ICA) Fellow with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), are a founding member of the Queer Writing Collective Streaks of Lavender, and a member of the Music Advisory Board at The Bronx Music Heritage Center.