The New Generation Fine Arts Foundation (NewGen) Board of Directors and Staff are comprised of individuals who have committed their lives to serving humanity by paying it forward in every possible way.
Having worked in numerous fields of endeavor in corporate America, public and private sectors, and government and community organizations, our expertise is immeasurable.
Forever the creative and assertive group, we are resourceful, results driven, and fully embrace the essence of living to change lives through the spirit of service.
As the Founder and Artistic/Technical Director of NewGen and master faculty, Kendall is the protégé of the late, great Professor Robert L. Reed, tap dancer extraordinaire, instructor, founder, director, and producer of the St. Louis Tap Festival (SLTF) which was the most acclaimed and oldest tap festival in the world. She studied closely under the tutelage of Professor Reed learning the artistic and administrative process of hosting the SLTF and served as Assistant Director/Captain of the Detroit Hoofers Club (DHC), an exclusive traveling tap company. DHC hosted educational programs such as tap and salsa dance master classes and community performances to increase cultural awareness and appreciation for these dance art forms. The company also performed at events such as the Livonia Spree, Secret Society of Twisted Story Tellers, Christmas Extravaganza at the Charles H. Wright Museum, SLTF, Motor City Tap Festival, Big Apple Tap Festival, and programs sponsored by the Carr Center in Detroit. Kendall serves as an active member of our community by teaching and mentoring at local dance studios and is eager to share her gift as an instructor, performer, choreographer, and mentor with all aspiring artists.
Karen has been instrumental in bringing NewGen to fruition. She brings a wealth of corporate management experience and more specifically, she successfully fulfilled the role of Assistant and Executive Producer during the last two years of the SLTF under the direction of the late, great Professor Robert L. Reed. Karen sustained the vitality of the festival with shrewd financial management, marketing, registration organization, and overall facilitation of the production process while preserving an inclusive and collaborative environment. Her experience as DHC manager and treasurer in addition to her work for the SLTF makes her a tremendous asset to both the Board of Directors and operations. Karen's education and financial insight has proven to be essential to NewGen in the areas of fundraising, grant acquisition, and government compliance as a charitable organization.
Billy has a wide breadth of corporate experience. He served as a spokesperson for a Fortune 10 company where he managed all communications for some of America's most popular brands. Prior to that, he was on assignment as a broadcast journalist at local, national and international levels. Billy's current focus is on publishing and consulting through his communications company, BA Concepts, LLC. He is the Editor-In-Chief of Communicado Magazine and his consulting work includes branding, diversity relations, web development, and mentoring aspiring young journalists. His experience will be invaluable in positioning NewGen for success as he serves on the Board of Directors.
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World renowned tap master, Jason, is the Founder and Director of the LA Tap Festival and co-Founder/Director of Tap Family Reunion. He has spent the last 15 years growing the festival to its current glory. Jason has achieved many accolades including an Emmy, American Choreography Award for “Outstanding Choreography”, a Hoofers Award, appearances on So You Think You Can Dance as a guest performer, and the Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award to name a few. He founded the tap company A.C.G.I. (Anybody Can Get It) as well as JaJa Productions band featuring original jazz-influenced hip hop music, with appearances throughout the United States. He designed his own line of Bloch shoes in partnership with that company. He has extensive experience and knowledge pertaining to all technical, artistic, and administrative matters associated with dance and he is highly dedicated to his work as an artist, instructor and mentor. Jason has opened many doors to careers for successful, working tap dancers in today’s industry.
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Tap Family Reunion, CLICK HERE
LA Tap Festival, CLICK HERE
Gatewood's talents as an artist and designer are recognized worldwide by professionals in the entertainment an business communities. His artwork is commissioned by major motion picture studios, television, music production companies, various corporations, and individual collectors. As the original creator of "baby sports" artwork, Gatewood took the sports licensing world by storm. He became the only artist in the world to be officially licensed with the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball. He is the first African-American artist to hold licenses for art work with major entities. Gatewood possesses an unyielding commitment to the inner city and frequently nurtures the talents and aspirations of others in the community. His volunteer work with schools across the country offers guidance and hope to children. "I want children to know the importance of education, respect, and self-expression." Gatewood's personal philosophy is simply stated, "It is important to be a role model for children and young adults. I want to reach out and use my gift to help others."
Kenneth Gatewood Art Gallery, CLICK HERE
Founder of National Entertainment & Management, Inc, and a veteran of the entertainment industry for over four decades, Williamson's entrance into the world of concert promotions started in 1979. He is one of the best in the entertainment industry and a most notable manager and promoter of concerts, theater, festivals, and other special events. Williamson's resume lists the promotion of a wide variety of genres and artists.
Adrienne Lillette Harris, Founder of F.A.M.E. Multimedia, a Public Relations and Production company serving Music, Theater, TV, and Film entities, Member of The Public Relations Society Of America and Member of the National Council of Women in Entertainment, brings over three decades of experience in the entertainment industry as a Producer, Music Publicist, Digital Media consultant and Media Strategist.
Tyrone Williamson and Adrienne Lillette Harris are the creators and owners of WKOOL RADIO. Together they have over seven decades of experience in the Entertainment industry.
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