Dejha Carrington's expertise in communications, creative campaigns and consulting build awareness and support for arts and cultural organizations, cities and global social responsibility initiatives. As Vice President of External Relations & Communications at the National YoungArts Foundation, she is a firm believer in providing valuable opportunities to artists at pivotal stages in their careers, and leads an exceptional team that offers programs, mentorship and financial awards to the most promising artists across the country.
In effort to support the next generation of artists - and in complement to the many nonprofits, like YoungArts, focused on artist-development - Dejha, with partner Rebekah Monson of Whereby.Us and the curatorial team at Primary, launched Commissioner in fall 2018. Commissioner uses a subscription model to fund the commission and purchase of new work by Miami artists for its subscribers, and to bring together emerging arts patrons and artists around the stories unique to this city. Commissioner is supported by a Locust Projects WaveMaker grant and was named a 2017 Knight Arts Challenge winner by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Dejha's freelance clients and projects have included unveiling the William John Kennedy Collection with The Warhol museum, launching the Renzo Piano Pavilion with Kimbell Art Museum, and telling the story of Medellin through the lens of architecture and arts innovation. Additionally, in what became a catalyst for reimagining Miami’s skyline - and by extension, as aspirational identity for the city - Dejha co-created the public art installation NEWT: Experiments in Light, Color & Sound. She is also co-founder of FADE TO BLACK, one of the first and most celebrated platforms for artists of color during Art Basel Miami Beach week.
A recognized media source and speaker on communications, arts advocacy and cultural programming, Dejha was born and raised in Montreal. She is fluent in French and English, and calls Miami her home.