Meet Your Team!
J.Cottle B.A, M.Ed, (He, Him, His) is an Educator, Arts Administrator, Musician, Writer, and Host. He is the Founder/Executive Director of Dunamis, The Chief Alchemist of Akeem’s Alchemy, the Creative Director of Petrichor, and a Co-Host of the podcasts Playblack, and Heart Behind the Hustle. J has supported and advanced the work of MassVOTE, Boston Arts Academy, Berklee College of Music and the Community Music Center of Boston. He serves on the boards of Hooplah and The Flavor Continues, is a 2019 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, a member of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice Advisory Board, and the Tisch College Community Partnerships Committee. J's work centers people of color and explores the intersections of art, equity, civic engagement, transformative growth, healing and joy.
Jasmine Garcia (She, Her, Hers) is a singer, arts-manager, and advocate for self-empowerment through the arts. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a degree in Arts Management and Sociology, Jasmine previously served as the Associate Teen Programs Manager at the Boch Center. She has performed at the iconic Feinstein's 54 Below as a cast member of This is Treatment, as well as at the Oberon as part of the cast of The Haunt. She continues to perform with her band Petrichor where she is a featured vocalist. Throughout her work, Jasmine seeks to integrate sociology, arts management and performance towards igniting agency, finding identity and making connections through curiosity.
Neo Gcabo (She, Her, Hers) is an R&B, Jazz & Neo-Soul vocalist from Pretoria, South Africa, and the Director of Marketing and Community Development at Dunamis Inc. She has toured internationally with the University of Pretoria Youth Choir and has performed with Grammy Award–winning artists Esperanza Spalding and John Oates. She has been a featured vocalist with the Silver Arrow Band since 2017 and toured with the Brown Box Theatre as a performer in 2019. Neo has performed alongside artists such as Lisa Oduor-Noah, Wambura Mitaru, Marcus Prince in addition to Skybridge, a band for social justice led by Utako Toyama. As a manager, Neo has worked at La Roque MGMT, a boutique artist management company and subsequently managed Tim Reynolds: a young violinist, singer, composer, arranger from Rome, Georgia. Neo is currently a voice and piano instructor at the Onset School of Music.