Octavia Yearwood is an arts educator, motivational speaker, choreographer, and an overall entrepreneur from New York City. She relocated to Miami in 2012 to expand her arts services company, Team Ohhh. Through Team Ohhh she provides dance and visual art enrichment programming in public schools, private schools and dance studio’s around the world. She has been an educator for the last 15 years, using the arts to bridge the gap between community and academia. She recently became Program Director for South Florida Cares Mentoring Movement where she has been able to work and build relationships with notable arts, education and community organizations like the Perez Art Museum, ICA Miami, URGENT Inc, University of Miami, Rush Philanthropic and local artist to bring transformational experience to the youth of Miami-Dade and Broward County. From curating exhibitions that commission local artist to bring fine arts to the city of Miami Gardens or collaborating with those artist to bring free arts programing to the children of Overtown, Octavia moves forward in using the arts to fortify our youth. Within those years she has also taken her craft and program to Barbados, Haiti, India, Nepal and most recently France where she worked on a photography series to support her book, “How The Hell Did You Do That?” that will serve as a guide book to foster youth and other youth suffering from a traumatic childhood. In 2016 Octavia received the American Express Emerging Leaders Award and was honored by Legacy Magazine as one of Miami’s 40 Black Leaders Under 40. She continues to inspire and build the youth using the arts and collaborations.
Press Release: Diamond Minds Presents: Art In The Gardens
NPR Coverage: Working with the youth of South Florida CARES
American Express Awardee: For Americans For The Arts
Miami New Times: Highlight and interview of Annual Art Exhibition curated and organized by Octavia Yearwood.
Creative Mornings: Guest speaker on January 20th, 2017.
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Black Professionals Summit: Panelist on Travel
40 Under 40 Black Leaders: Legacy Magazine &