Shaunda Holloway is a native of New Haven, CT and founder of Communitee Fashion Camp, which was developed for Greater New Haven’s youth. This experience provided preteens and teens with a chance to learn, block printing, screen printing and other surface design techniques, meet and interview Latasha Leake, former lead designer of Pastry Sneaker Company, and Neville Wisdom of Neville Wisdom Designs in New Haven.
Under her direction students learned the business and creative aspects of designing, In the late nineties Holloway taught art at Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School which prepared her for founding CFC.
A committed painter/printmaker/ writer who incorporates photography into her work, Holloway has exhibited at AIR Gallery in New York City, Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY, Schumacher Gallery at Westover School in Middlebury, CT to name a few. She has displayed broadly in other galleries along the east coast, and as widely as New Delhi, India.
Holloway brings together seasoned and emerging artists from other Connecticut cities, New York, New Jersey and Southern states to New Haven, creating first time exhibition opportunities for some artists. She is actively organizing shows at Soul De Cuba Café New Haven. She collaborates often with a wide variety of artists to strengthen ties between artists, broaden the visibility of each other’s work, and to share the power of art with communities local and beyond. Other artists have been influenced by her initiative and ability to construct opportunities rather than wait for them.
Holloway enjoys adding to New Haven’s strong artistic voice. She began performing spoken word more than twenty years ago at Daily Café in New Haven, and lends her poetic voice to anti-violence and racial justice causes. Her poems and essays have been featured in Connecticut Post, ESSENCE magazine, Inner City, New Haven Review, Prince George’s County Gazette and Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander.