Thursday, December 5
7 – 8 pm
Breaking Through is a series of discussions built on the premise of breaking through the stereotypical noise to create platforms for impactful conversations around the adversities faced by people of color and minority groups as they ascend in their professional industries. For this discussion—Breaking Through The Canvas—we’re launching a conversation at Prizm Art Fair around art as a means to economic empowerment, building and upholding legacy and generational wealth within the Black community.
Panelists: Genesis Tramaine: Visual Artist, Devotional Painter
Everette Taylor: Serial Entrepreneur, Collector, and Founder of ArtX
Moderated by: Kimberly Valene Reid
Genesis Tramaine (b. 1986 Brooklyn; lives and works in Newark, NJ) has an M.S. from Pace University and B.S. from Utica College of Syracuse University. Tramaine has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Tree House, Governors Island, NYC, The Salt Space, Chelsea, NYC. Genesis has also exhibited as a solo presentation at SCOPE Miami Beach 2018 and her first show solo show in early 2018 at Richard Beavers Gallery, entitled, GOD IS TRANS. Most recently, Tramaine has made an international debut in a group exhibition, Chorus at Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, organized by Half Gallery’s, Bill Powers, running October 12, to November 12, 2019.
Everette Taylor is a serial entrepreneur, marketing executive, and public speaker. His entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 19 when he started an event marketing technology company EZ Events which he successfully sold 2 years later. Since then, Everette has been a leader in the world of entrepreneurship and marketing, building several multi-million-dollar brands. As CEO of ET Enterprises, Everette oversees a diverse portfolio of companies that include PopSocial, MilliSense, ArtX, Southside Fund, Hayver, and GrowthHackers. As a marketing executive, he helped lead both Qualaroo (acquired by Xenon Ventures) and Skurt (acquired by Fair) to successful acquisitions, oversaw growth for new mobile apps for Microsoft China, and led e-commerce company Sticker Mule to unprecedented growth as their youngest executive ever. As a public speaker, Everette has spoken in 15+ countries and numerous cities across the US, sharing his personal story of overcoming adversity as well as thought leadership on the topics of entrepreneurship, marketing, startups, mental health, and diversity. Beyond the world of business, Everette also serves as the National Brand Ambassador for NASA’s Startup Initiative. He also has worked as a digital influencer for brands such as Amazon, Adobe, Toyota, American Express, Google, Marriott, Disney, Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Starwood Hotels, Nationwide Insurance, AT&T, Mass Appeal, Miller Lite, Accor Hotels and more. He has been called a “marketing genius” by Forbes, a “marketing star” by Fortune Magazine, and “an innovator who’s changing the consumer marketing game” by Black Enterprise. Most recently he was named one of the “100 Most Influential African-Americans” by The Root and Forbes 30 Under 30.