Year: 2021

Naomi Johnson

Executive Director,
imagineNative

Naomi Johnson, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Bear clan from Six Nations, has worked in the arts for nearly fifteen years as a curator, arts administrator, professional artist, and community arts facilitator.  Naomi served as Artistic Director for seven years and then as Co-Executive Director (2018) of the Woodland Cultural Centre, where she curated and programmed annual exhibitions and performance art events. In June 2019 Naomi accepted the position of Associate Director for imagineNATIVE – the world’s largest indigenous media arts festival. Enjoying the unique and rewarding opportunity to be mentored by then outgoing Executive Director, Jason Ryle. In June 2020 she assumed the role of Executive Director for imagineNATIVE and serves as the administrative lead of the organization whose mission is to showcase, promote, and celebrate Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. With an ongoing commitment to generate a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.