Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks, Tish Jones is a poet, performer, educator and organizer. Jones has performed at CBGB in New York, Kaplan Theater in Houston, The Walker Art Center, Intermedia Arts, The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis and more. Her work can be found in the Minnesota Humanities Center’s anthology entitled, Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015), the 2011 and 2013 Saint Paul Almanac, and the Loft Literary Center’s Nation of Immigrants audio CD. Graduate of Hope Communities’ SPEAC program and Intermedia Arts’ Cultural Community Leadership Institute, Jones has always had a passion for bridging arts, activism and youth development. Her most recent appointment as the inaugural Brave New Voices Leadership fellow culminated in serving as the Festival Director of the 19th annual Brave New Voices youth poetry slam festival held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. When you think of Tish Jones, know that she is somewhere dismantling age old systems of oppression, putting on for Hip Hop culture and creating new art to move the conversations forward.