Artist Tamara Payne to be Recognized at the 2nd Annual National Black Wall Street Summit 2019: Assess, Adapt, Repeat at Coppin State University Thurs., Nov. 14, 2019 (12p–3p) HHSB, Rm. 103

(BALTIMORE – November 13, 2019) – Be sure to attend the 2nd Annual National Black Wall Street Summit 2019 at Coppin State University’s Health and Human Services Building (Room 103) on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 12 noon to 3 pm.


In addition to panels and speakers, the event will also feature the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards by and its Partners.

Honorees include local artist Tamara Payne.

Who is Tamara Payne? (Glad you asked!)

Native to Baltimore City, Tamara Payne is an alumnus of the Baltimore School for the Arts where she began her artist practices in drawing, painting and sculpture. After studying Fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York City, she returned to Baltimore to earn her BFA degree in 1994, majoring in painting with a minor in ceramic studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Upon graduating, Tamara worked as an Art Educator in Baltimore City Public Schools from 1999-2008. Having an innate passion for humanity, she’s been involved in foreign missions since 2004, participating in health aid and beautification projects while painting murals in poverty stricken communities in South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Tamara decided to pursue her own community-based art making full-time in 2008.

Then, in the summer of 2011, she earned her Master’s of Community Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) while also completing 2 years of service for the Community Art Collaborative (Americorps) Program. She went straight into her community arts practices while also winning the PNC Bank Transformative Art Prize earlier the spring of 2011 for a public art installation at the Barclay School in Baltimore City. Later that fall, she would go on to be honored as the Arts and Cultural Partnership of the Year from Greater Homewood, now known as Strong City Baltimore.

After graduate school, Tamara continued her community arts practices at the Barclay Community School until the Fall of 2013 and was honored for her mosaic works in Baltimore City in December of 2013 at Central Baltimore Partnerships Honor Roll Celebration along with Fred Lazarus, MICA’s President since 1979.

She went on in 2014 to apply for and win an “Individual Artist Award” for community mosaics funded by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and won two additional awards in Harwood that spring.  Through the Baltimore Central Partnership, she is responsible for community mosaic kiosks throughout Charles Village and the 29th Street Community Center Community Sign.

Tamara is currently working as a Full-Time Assistant Art Professor and is the Visual Arts Coordinator at Baltimore City Community College. She also works at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Single Step Program for special needs students teaching Basic Skills and Concepts in Art. She continues her community arts practices, art consulting and grant writing for mosaic murals in Baltimore City and beyond.

Recently, Tamara wrote and received a $24,000 grant award from the Baltimore Central Partnership/Spruce Up Grant in Spring 2017 and received a $1,500 grant award from the Charles Village Community Foundation for a mural she is currently leading entitled “The Butterfly Effect” which was installed in the spring of 2018. Since then, she has received small seed monies and has been leading and facilitating additional butterfly mural workshops throughout Harwood and Baltimore City, targeting special groups and communities such as The House of Ruth, The Chip Program ( Children of Incarcerated Parents), and individuals within the Harwood and Charles Village communities.

Tamara’s work focuses on self-exploration, healing, communal practices, celebration of life, empowerment and relationship building.