Educational Artistic Director
Bekezela Mguni is an artist, poet, radical librarian, activist, and an abundant bodied femme. She believes that the collective sharing of knowledge, beauty and inspiration is a part of life’s purpose and brings that intentional spirit to her work. She has over 10 years of community organizing experience in which she has worked with LGBTQIA communities, youth, and people of color. Bekezela is a self-taught and community educated artist. Most recently, she served as the Youth Services Librarian at the Sto-Rox Library and is a member of BOOM Concepts Studios. Bekezela is currently working on the Activist Print Project, a partnership between the Andy Warhol Museum, Boom Concepts and printmaking studio Artist Image Resource (AIR) and her pieces will be placed on the Rosa Villa in late July 2017.
She is incredibly honored to begin a new journey with Dreams of Hope as the Program Director leading the sQool Program. Dreams of Hope affirms and uplifts the voices of LGBTQ youth through the arts and by building a safer community for young queer, Trans and gender non-conforming people in Pittsburgh. This opportunity to continue to learn and create with young people is a blessing and she cannot wait to get started!
You can find Bekezela in Southwest PA causing a ruckus about white supremacy, patriarchy and racial injustice, waxing poetic about how radical Black Femmes are saving the world, how golf should be abolished, and calling on her ancestors for assistance in living her very best life!