Jermaine T. Bell
January 26, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at Cedar & Cotton
part of a series on Anxiety
About the speaker
Jermaine Taron Bell is a Visual Designer, and alumni of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Through his work at Havas Worldwide, Bell gained footing in advertising with clients like Michelob Ultra, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Constellation Energy.
In 2015 as Programming Chair of AIGA , Bell spearheaded REdesign & REbuild an initiative with AIGA, the nation’s premier professional membership organization for graphic designers. REdesign & REbuild created a new partnership with AIGA & The Neighborhood Design Center to rebrand and relaunch The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation’s marketing materials after the unrest in Baltimore in April 2015.
In 2016 Bell wrapped his tenure as the Marketing & Programming Director for Impact Hub Baltimore . Here Bell shaped the programming and marketing goals for the co-working space. Bell implemented the brand identity, began, and grew the social media to over 6,000 followers, formulated outreach for multiple communities, and created affiliate memberships with organizations like Hashtag Lunchbag Bmore and AIGA Baltimore.
At Impact Hub Baltimore, Bell created the Rise Residency with New York Times Bestselling Author D. Watkins to highlight thought leadership, inclusion & equity to reach new audiences. Together, Watkins & Bell created programming to promote Watkins’ literacy mission for young, black Baltimoreans. Bell curated ongoing art exhibitions, including budding photographer Shannon Wallace’s first photographic exhibition. Bell implemented health and wellness initiatives for community and Impact Hub members with weekly yoga classes and forums with black urban farmers. His work with Impact Hub Baltimore, won the coworking space “The Best Creative Space” Award from Baltimore Magazine in 2016. Jermaine is currently a 2016 Open Society Institute Fellow engaging with black makers and artist communities in Baltimore.
Bell recently helped shape the aesthetic and the creative team for launch of the first The Red Bull Amaphiko Academy in the United States, a 10 day series of workshops, and a launch pad for social entrepreneurs. For this project Bell created design collateral, and helped partner local artisans for the collective Made In Baltimore’s Pop Up Shop at The Eubie Blake Cultural Center.
In Fall 2017 Bell was selected to attend the annual Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators . A five day long conference in Salzburg, Austria where 50 participants, from all over the world, who work in varying types of cultural sectors discussed best practices and attended seminars that strengthened their work.
Bell, is also a budding entrepreneur who sells his handcrafted prints, stationery, and lapel pins under the moniker jtbeezwax , a fun play on the designer’s name. His work can be purchased at Keeper’s Vintage, Knits, Soy, and Metal, and Trohv in Baltimore, Nubian Hueman in Washington, D.C., and The Perez Art Museum’s gift shop in Miami.
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