Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Adam Jabari Jefferson (Seattle) is an audio-visual griot, educator, and writer. He blends image, word, and sound to truthfully depict the vibrant lives of POC communities. Adam is found, most often, behind a camera making photographs and films. He produced his first documentary film in 2012. His work has been exhibited by Gallery Guichard and published in National Geographic Magazine.

Born in Chicago and raised by village, Adam has lived in Seattle since 2013. He earned his BBA from Howard University and his MS from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Between degrees, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cabo Verde. Adam founded Creation Works Project in 2011 as a youth artists apprenticeship in Chicago. It evolved into PhotOrganic Studio with the addition of a production house. Through PhotOrganic, Adam creates digital content that uplifts, and mentors young artists in telling their own stories.

Adam received 2018 GAP Award funding to produce Sabayet: a cinematic meditation of Black identity as affirmation. Blending narrative and conversations, Sabayet visually explores the ancestry, community, and legacy that help sustain, heal, and empower Black people living an American experience. He wants to depict us as whole.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

Receiving this award is creative sustenance and strong encouragement to heart forward. I am honored and grateful.

Adam Jabari Jefferson