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Artist + Educator + Generally Dope Human

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Artist + Educator + Generally Dope Human

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Kristina Ashley Williams

b. 1989

Surviving the loss of her single mother from Breast Cancer as a junior in high school, Kristina learned grit and perseverance early on in life. As an adult, Kristina applied that strength to her career, most notably displayed during her industry pivot challenging her to take a risk on herself to quit her full time job in education and opt to sleep in her car to pursue her visions in art & tech. From there, Kristina built a foundation of artistic social impact through her achievements of published, exhibited, and fellowship award winning multi-media art, diversity/equity/inclusion research in tech, a second graduate degree from the University of Southern California adding a Master's in Integrated Design, Technology & Business to complement her Master's in Teaching, this all led to her founding of ZiM, an augmented reality art app. ZiM is a branch of Kristina's parent company CULTURxEAT which powers subsidiary brands at the intersections of art x tech x equity and provides cultural competency consulting to tech organizations. The launch of futurXfest, Kristina’s vision for an interdisciplinary conference that brings together artists x techies x activists to co-design the future of social equity is also currently in the works. Her expertise in Gen Z culture is rooted in 10+ years in youth development, most notably as a High School Director with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Kristina is a current Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Futurist in Residence at ARVR Women. As a visual artist, Kristina has captured equity centered tech spaces such as the AfroTech and Tech Inclusion conferences along with humbly receiving features in media outlets such as Essence, Huffington Post, Blavity, Revolt and more. Some of her most proud experiences have been to produce works for and with activist change agents such as Alicia Garza, Shaun King, Harry Belafonte, Cornel West, the Mothers of the Movement and more. Kristina’s work is inspired by the legacy of her great, great uncle Jackie Robinson, as she utilizes the storytelling tools of tomorrow to drive his example of inclusion forward today.

Kristina is a Founder Gym startup accelerator Cohort 6 Alum, a Google Startups partner.

“I believe rappers are journalists, teachers are architects, and communities can police themselves.” - Kristina

FACTS.

Kristina quit her full time job to follow her intuition and fulfill her passion in the arts.
Kristina is the great-great niece of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to break the color barrier in baseball.
After seeing Kristina’s work on Twitter, Arianna Huffington invited her to be a contributor to Huffington Post.
Kristina created a national speaking series with the mothers of Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, & Eric Garner and more that partners with universities to inspire social change.
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