Baraka Sele

Baraka Sele

Ms. Baraka Sele is currently the Assistant Vice President of Programming at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Curator/Producer of NJPAC's Alternate Routes series.  The series features year-round performances by artists of New Jersey, the United States and from around the world, complemented by educational, humanities and residency programs.  Besides working as a performing arts curator, consultant, programmer, and producer, Ms. Sele has served on numerous local, national and international advisory committees, boards and panels, including the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, International Society of the Performing Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Walker Art Center's Global Advisory Committee, the Kennedy Center's African Odyssey Festival, et al. Ms. Sele has traveled throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, as well as North and South America.  She has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences, seminars and universities.  Throughout a more than twenty-five year career of working in the arts, Ms. Sele has focused on collaborations and presentations with artists of diverse cultures in order to build enduring partnerships and to facilitate cultural exchange.
Baraka Sele's work has been featured in American Theater magazine, Americans for the Arts/Monograph magazine, Inside Arts magazine, Essence magazine, as well as other press and publications.  She has received national and international awards and recognition for her highly regarded curatorial accomplishments, such as the 2004 William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence given to an individual or organization for "the quality, innovation, and vision of program design, audience building and community involvement," by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).  In 2006 she was honored to be selected as a Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellow at the Institute of Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University, Newark