Artist Resume

Kevin Jones


Kevin Jones is a lover of history & Black cultural histories worldwide. For 25 years, he's collected, preserved, & exhibited artwork, memorabilia, & other pieces to illustrate significant moments that relate to contemporary issues. He enjoys researching & designing processes for exhibits that are collectively curated by community members based on the items from their personal collections.


Bachelor of ArtsAmerican Culture, University of Michigan, 2000

Master of Education – Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2002

Master of Public Health, University of Pennsylvania, 2010

Executive Program in Social Impact Strategies (with Arts and Culture emphasis), University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies, anticipated 2023


  • Lead Curator, Reflecting Black: The Great Lakes Bay Region @ The Saginaw Valley Classic (community curated exhibit), Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI, September 2022-October 2022

  • Designer, Black Reverence Chair, Saginaw African Cultural Festival, Saginaw, MI, August 2022

  • Featured Exhibitor, Blactiquing Presents: The Black Hand Side, Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI, February 2022-April 2022

  • Exhibitor, Philadelphia’s Black LGBT Histories, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, William Way LGBT Community Center, Philadelphia, PA, March 2012

  • Exhibitor, Philadelphia and Ballroom Culture, Vogue’ology, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, The New School, Parsons, New York, NY, November 2010

  • Lead Curator, A Journey in Pride: Representations of Philadelphia’s Black Gay History (community curated exhibit), The Black LGBT Archivists of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA April 2007


  • Humanities Scholar for Life Interviews, Bury Me in a Free Land: The Story of Eden Cemetery (film), Friends of History Eden Cemetery, Scribe Video, Philadelphia, PA, 2011

  • Humanities Scholar for Life Interviews, Girard Estate: Ideal City Homes (film), Girard Estate Area Residents & Girard Estate Neighborhood Association, Scribe Video, Philadelphia, PA, 2010

  • Humanities Scholar for Life Interviews, Bra Buddha Ransi Temple (film), Bra Buddha Ransi Temple, the Khmer Buddhist Humanitarian Association, Scribe Video, Philadelphia, PA, 2009


  • “Why I reflect Black,” Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI, October 2022

  • History After Hours: “Blactiquing origins,” Castle Museum, Saginaw, MI, September 2022

  • Collector’s Talk: “Grandma’s chest of treasures: Collecting from Tuscaloosa to Saginaw,” Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI, February 2022

  • “Philadelphia and Ballroom Culture,” Sex in an Epidemic, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York, NY, November 2010


  • Senior Associate and Lead of Ambassador Engagement and Community Evaluation, Morino Ventures, LLC, Rocky River, OH 08/19-present

  • Executive Director, Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services, Washington, DC, 06/17-12/18

  • Chief of Programs, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Washington, DC, 03/16-06/17

  • Chief of Data & Evaluation, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Washington, DC, 03/15-02/16

  • Director, Evaluation & Training, Metro TeenAIDS, Washington, DC, 08/12-02/15


  • Program design, evaluation, & monitoring

  • Community organizing & artist advocacy

  • Key informant interviewing

  • Grant writing, fundraising, & budgeting

  • Designing performance measurement systems

  • Public speaking

  • Curation & displays

  • Event organizing & planning


  • Established the Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia, 2007

  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Program on Intergroup Relations, University of MI, April 2017

  • Established Blactiquing™, 2020

  • Collected & preserved more than 5,000 pieces of Black & LGBT memorabilia

  • Appointed to State of Michigan Black Leadership Advisory Council (arts and culture) by Governor G. Whitmore (D-MI), 2022-2024