Nitashia Johnson

2020 Inaugural Juanita J Craft Artist Residency Recipient

The South Dallas Cultural Center is pleased to present the 2020 inaugural Juanita J. Craft Artist Residency pilot project The Beauty of South Dallas created by artist Nitashia Johnson.

The project documents the neighborhood of South Dallas and several of its residents, business owners, and community leaders. South Dallas is a community rich in culture and history, but it is quickly changing. The goal of this project was to preserve a period in time that tells us where the neighborhood is before it changes.

Over a three-month period, from September to December 2020, Nitashia has endeavored to connect with the people of the community and use her talents as a multimedia artist/designer to capture the landscape and present it onΒ The Beauty of South Dallas.Β 

Nitashia Johnson graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2008 and went on to become a 2012 alumna of Texas Woman’s University with a BFA in Design Communication. She is also a first-round Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence. 

​Nitashia is the creator of The Self Publication, a photographic series created to uplift the black community while dismantling harsh stereotypes associated with the culture, and The Smart Project, a creative after-school program for artistic teens.​ She’s also an independent graphic designer, photographer, and video artist who loves to collaborate with others. Her unwavering passion for design and photography is remarkable.

She is an alumna of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Art & Design Education program at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

The artist is currently working as a full-time graphic designer and photographer while developing a community-based media arts program for high creative school teens. 


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