Civic and Government, Communities and Memberships, Other Locations
Talent Rich facilitates street leaders to deliver public programs, support, and showcase grassroots talent and builds collaboration.
CEO & Founder: Director, Strategy & Engagement
After growing up in the West London Carnival Arts culture, Christina Sealy launched a career in media arts and education, which has spanned the past two decades. She has mainly worked in Kensington and Chelsea, teaching and mentoring in schools and coordinating community arts events that focus on diverse representation and accessing resources.
Christina gained early experience in the power of community-based opportunities when she joined YCTV. This Ladbrook Grove-based grassroots enterprise offered disadvantaged youth a way to obtain real-world media skills.
She won a bursary to work at the BBC children's programming department, where she trained in all-around production and wrote scripts for "Blue Peter" (world's longest-running children's TV show) and directed live TV.
She then turned her energies toward community activism: Christina designed and delivered literacy programming in Sudanese, Caribbean, and Somali Saturday schools; in 2010, she was accepted onto the National Cultural Leadership program as a mid-career manager, where she was involved in building peer networks across cultural organizations; and from 2009-2012, in collaboration with local businesses, she created the Portobello Young Artist of the Year program as part of the Notting Hill Arts Festival -- this was a community-led, live street art event and professional exhibition, and the highest-attended non-borough run youth arts event at the time.
As her focus expanded, Christina began offering young artists and photographers opportunities to network and gain 21st-century media skills. In partnership with youth programs like FerArts, she has worked to drive youth workers' chances in the form of project work - jobs, including website building and modern digital archiving.
Today, Christina is both the creator of and the ongoing driving force behind the highly regarded grassroots group, Kensington Narrators (in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund, FerArts, Birkbeck University, and Bishopsgate Institute).
Christina dreams big and raises her two girls to do the same. With 20 years of on-the-ground research under her belt, she's got a never-ending supply of ideas in the pipeline; most focus on community engagement and building a civic society. For Talent Rich, she will ensure that grassroots projects and organizing can be funded and appropriately supported.
Kristiana Kincaid, COO