Closing Plenary: Crafting Equitable New Visions through the Arts

Sunday, June 17, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Close out the 2018 Annual Convention with a celebration of the amazing diversity of impacts that arts and culture can have. Vegan chef/hip hop artist-activist DJ Cavem uses music as a pathway to health education, environmental activism, and youth empowerment. Rising fashion designer Camila Chiriboga converges fashion, technology, and accessibility to create graceful clothing for people with disabilities, from self-navigating shoes for the blind to cleverly hidden pockets for dialysis machines, medication, and more. And Virginia San Fratello, architect, artist, and educator, collaborates with her team at Emerging Objects to develop 3-D printed building materials made from waste products like tires, salt, and sand. Don’t miss these three artists as they converge to explore the far edges of what the arts have to over to tomorrow.

 Presentation Slides - Camila Chiribogas

Our thanks to Ovation for its support of Crafting Equitable New Visions through the Arts


Dr. Ietef Vita, aka DJ Cavem
Environmental Activist and Recording Artist

Thornton, Colorado

Ietef aka Dj Cavem recently received his PhD Honorary Doctorate Degree in Urban Ecology from Denver Institute of Urban Studies and Adult College as well featured on The Rachel Ray Show, is an educator, emcee, personal vegan/raw food chef for NBA Player Wilson Chandler, producer, organic gardener, midwife, graffiti artists, Bboy yogi award winning environmental activist, the father of eco-hiphop and founder of Sprout that Life aka Going Green Living Bling, and co-founder of Culinary Concerts.  2014 Music Educator Grammy Nominated DJ Cavem was also featured in Oprah Magazine, Yes! Magazine, & has now released his new juicer with Champion on the Sway in the Morning show.

Educating over 20k for over 17 years with inner-city children on the topics to include urban/ancient agriculture, farming, fresh food access, organic gardening, hip hop yoga, and plant based eatingHe is co-author of the upcoming book Damn Near Raw- The Freshest Vegan Cookbook Ever. His new single entitled, “Hybrid Lex”, sparks the subject around air pollution off his next album, entitled “Eco-Twerk” coming soon. His recent video on Huffington Post received over 20M views, and also been featured by Fortune, TEDx Manhattan, performing at the White House and Staring in the documentary film called From Gangs to Gardens. A short documentary that premiered at The Hollywood Film Festival, and was nominated for the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA), and also retrieved distribution on Fubu Tv and Virgin Airlines. Dj Cavem was also featured in Joes Cross’s new film, “The Kids Menu”, which can be streamed on Netflix.

Camila Chiriboga
Creative Strategist, Inclusive Design
New York , New York

Camila Chiriboga, is a Creative Strategist specialized in Inclusive design currently part of an Innovation Lab called LIO at Global Brands Group. She recently graduate from Parsons the New School of Design, although she graduated with the title of fashion designer, she likes to think of herself more as a systems thinker or problem solver, who’s passion lies at the intersection of fashion, health and technology. During her time at college she was able to gain experience working at Uniqlo in Tokyo, as well as at Calvin Klein, Nellie Partow, Steven Alan and BLK DNM in New York City. Camila is passionate about designing, with and for, people with special needs to promote social inclusion through fashion.
Camila was awarded the Eyes on Talents Innovation award, was the Finalist for Social Innovation designer of the year, winner of AARP disrupt aging competition, winner of the Uniqlo design competition and is currently part of the CFDA Fashion Future Graduates.

Virginia San Fratello
Emerging Objects
Oakland, California

Virginia San Fratello is an architect, artist and educator. She is a partner at Rael San Fratello and in Emerging Objects, which is a pioneering design and research company that specializes in 3D printed materials and objects for the built environment based in Oakland, California. San Fratello is an associate professor in the area of design at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University in the City of New York. Her design studio, Rael San Fratello, was the recipient of the Emerging Voices Award given by the Architectural League of New York, Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Design Award, a finalist in the WPA 2.0 design competition and winner of the Van Alen Institute’s Life at the Speed of Rail competition. In 2016 the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) selected San Fratello as Educator of the Year.  Her work has been exhibited by MOMA in NYC, SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in NYC, the Palace of Fine Art in Brussels and the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany.