2017 Create Change Fellow
Goussy Celestin’s personal mission is to stir up all her musical influences into a moving experience called, Goussy Célestin’s Ayiti Brass. The goal of the experience is to engage and awaken audiences, workshop participants and community at large in an impactful way. Currently, she is a faculty member for the Middle School Jazz Academy and WeBop programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is also mother to two young boys, ages 3yrs and 6yrs: her “greatest creative compositions.”
What artist, curator, activist or project has influenced or inspired you?
Climbing PoeTree- a hip/hop artivist duo (Naima Penniman and Alixa Garcia) inspire me to delve deeper into connecting my art and activism. They are unabashedly bold in their quest to liberate not just those from marginalized communities, but to unleash mental shackles from the minds of those whose privilege blinds them to the struggles these communities.