Asha Veal Brisebois maintains a writing, editing, and curatorial practice, and has collaborated as an administrator on projects with visual, film, theater, and literary organizations and artists.
Her published work as a writer and editor has been acquired in special collections libraries including the George Gustav Heye Center at the National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of African American History & Culture Smithsonian Libraries, Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, and others. Her work in creative nonfiction has been published by Brooklyn-based Slice Literary, among others.
She is the founder of The Places We’ve Been books, an independent publisher, working since 2011 with more than 48 writers from cities and countries including London, Greece, Tanzania, Dubai, Lebanon, Montreal, Vancouver, South Africa, Scotland, Paris, New York, Edinburgh, Chicago, and more; with their affiliations and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, BBC, StoryCorps, Marvel, MTV Base, The New York Times, and more. In addition to publishing, The Places We've Been books, orchestrates public humanities programs that portray the diverse experiences of human existence.
Asha completed the graduate program in Arts Administration & Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) where she first began working toward The Tokyo Show: Black is Beautiful (2018, Japan) a project of experimental curatorial practice to achieve the following contexts: art as an instigator for cross cultural dialogues across global space; and art as an instigator for potentially disruptive private and public conversations on the construction of “race.”
Asha is a guest of the Study Center for Group Work team presenting at the Dak'Art African Contemporary Art Biennale (Senegal) in 2018.
"I have spent the past several years broadening my understanding of the many roles of arts organization in local and global society."
Asha teaches "Flexible Art Worlds" and "Curating in the Expanded Field" as faculty in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
recent grants, awards, and acknowledgements:
Individual Artist Grant 2015, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
New Artist Society Award 2015, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Collaborative Cities co-sponsorship 2014, Illinois Humanities Council
B.A. Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
M.F.A. Creative Writing at The New School
M.A. Arts Administration and Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2017