Akea Brionne Joins the Shades of Consciousness Collective

Shades Collective

Hello y’all! I am extremely excited to announce that I have co-founded a collective, Shades of Consciousness, with Colette Veasey-Cullors and Jennifer A. Ferretti. I could not be more thrilled to be with such powerful, inspirational, game-changing women such as Colette and Jenny.

How We Got Started:

Well, to put it simply, we found ourselves asking the same questions as women of color in the world of art and academia. We began discussing ideas about how to not only discuss, but confront these issues. We began collectively submitting proposals together, with our very first submission being chosen for the Society of Photographic Education. After that, we began working as a collective without the label. Eventually, we decided that we should formally create an existence for our collaborative group and the work we were planning to do. Thus, the collective was born!

Last week marked our first official event as a collective, featuring artist Elle Perez. We hosted a panel discussion at the Annual Society for Photographic Education Conference. To find out more information about this event, check out my previous announcement:

If you’re interested in following our collective, head over to our website at https://www.shadescollective.com/.