Tajh is a choreographer, creative director, curator and communications director that works with schools, districts, youth, parent and community organizations to curate programming and curriculum that centers the stories, cultures, policy demands and lived experiences of young people of color and their families and neighborhoods.
A 2019 NeOn Arts recipient and Caribbean Cultural Center Innovative Cultural Arts Fellow, the pandemic year presented many obstacles but also new opportunities for her work.
While a position teaching dance and Step at a local school was lost to Covid, Tajh was able to co found Students Break The Silence with Black youth throughout the 5 boroughs and restorative justice coordinator Martin Urbach at Harvest Collegiate High School.
We aim to decriminalize youth of color and students living at the intersections of gender identity and disability by centering Black Joy and creating healing centered schools through art and intergenerational freedom dreaming and world building.
Tajh has worked with numerous organizations such as Girls Inc, the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation and Union Settlement Association as an activity specialist teaching Step and dance. More than that, She uses the arts and community building rooted in accountability and authenticity to shift classroom, school wide and organizational cultures in order to empower youth and families and force administrators to acknowledge and transform the punitive ways they deal with our young people and ask them to leave their full selves at the door when they come to school, work, organizing spaces and even in the home.
At the intersection of art and writing Tajh has also written extensively about Black feminism, white supremacy within the arts, the commodification of Black women’s aesthetics, how we learn to give Black children the space to be truly free and what it looks like to build solidarity across generations which lends itself to holistic, family friendly curriculum design, workshop facilitation and culture shifting in a wide variety of arenas.
As a steering committee member at both Black Lives Matter at School NY and Parents For Responsive Equitable Safe Schools, the Program Director at Teens Take Charge, Communications Director at Students Break the Silence, a healing centered schools task force member and the Community Education Council President in District 14, Tajh brings her expertise to grassroots family centered advocacy, youth led transformative policy work, abolitionist Community organizing outside of existing structures and directly to the elected leaders and Department of Education employees constantly using the language of equity and social justice without producing results for Black, Latino, low income, undocumented, hood, queer, non English speaking communities who do not buy into capitalist white supremacist cis Hetero-patriarchy and understand that conversations about racism must name anti Blackness and colorism specifically and seek to dismantle respectability politics, the model minority myth, fatphobia and xenophobia to be truly impactful.