Most recently a recipient of the Mass Cultural Council Artist Fund Grant, Olawumi's (Ola, Olasco) background is in event management and public relations. She has over ten years of experience in live entertainment and social media. As the director of AfroDesiaCity™ Ola has organized events in the Boston metropolitan area creating musical platforms for local artists, musicians and bands.
Ola holds an MS in communications management from Simmons School of Management and a BS from the University of New Hampshire, where she began her education as a Tourism Planning and Development major. After graduation she worked at the Sheraton Boston Hotel as an Executive Meeting Specialist and moved into several related positions that groomed her as an impresario. She has been at Hibernian Hall since 2015 where she works to foster celebration of the cultural heritage of the neighborhood through original quality theater productions created by local and regional artists and writers of color including original theater created by Hibernian Hall’s Playwrights in Residence, for example: With Glittering Eyes by Trisha Elam Walker in 2018, I.M. Possible by Juanita Peters in 2018, Jacqui Parker’s A Crack in the Blue Wall in 2017, and Jobe by Milton Wright in 2016.
Ola strives to celebrate artists, deepen the cultural landscape of Massachusetts and connect organizations to meaningful artistic partnerships.
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