BiographyOctavia Yearwood is an artist, programmatic curator, and author. Yearwood creates and hosts programs for arts institutions, organizations, and companies nationally. In 2016 Yearwood was named Emerging Arts leader by Americans for the Arts and top 40 black leaders by Legacy Magazine. Over the last 15 years, aside from being an arts educator, Yearwood was the Director of Spinello Projects FREE! noncommercial Art Fair for Art Basel named the best author in Miami and the most interesting person by the Miami New Times in 2018. In 2019 Yearwood was brought on by the City of Miami Beach to curate all the arts & culture activations for Memorial Day Weekend. She continues to focus on diversifying creative space by transforming creative spaces and sits on the Board for the Baller Alert Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Power U. Yearwood has written for publications such as Blavity's 21 Ninety, XoNicole, Permission to Write and Bustle.