Joshua Henry Jenkins (he/him/his) is an interactive media strategist & organizer of community based out of Washington, D.C. by way of rural North Carolina.
He has werked* extensively with independent artists and arts organizations to develop brand identity, design, and communications strategy. He is currently the the Director of Marketing at Theatre Communications Group. He was previously the Director of Web and New Media Strategies at Americans for the Arts. In service of the communities to which he belongs, he focuses his efforts on creating and supporting projects that uplift BIPOC-identifying folks, LGTBQIA+ individuals, citizens of rural areas, and most importantly those who exist at the intersections.
In response to COVID-19 and an immediate need to create community for Black, queer-identifying folks in times of crisis, he and his colleague Michael Ward created the BLACK, GAY, stuck at home project. BGSAH is a virtual biweekly film space created for and by Black queer folks at the start of the pandemic to build community in isolation. The project amplifies media that tells our unique stories. Attendees regularly join every other Friday from all across the country and the world, across generations, identities, and experiences to learn, dance, cry, celebrate, feel affirmed. The space has welcomed Patrik-Ian Polk, Darryl Stephens, Vanessa L. Williams, Brontez Purnell, Sampson McCormick, Jazzmun, Rodney Chester, and others for exclusive Q&A experiences. The series found amazing partnerships with National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, The Counter Narrative Project, Black AIDS Institute, Black in Media, Black Theatre Network, and Wilma Theater.
He is the outgoing board chair for the Arts Administrators of Color Network where he also led all marketing and communications efforts since 2018. In addition, he produced and co-hosted the monthly podcast Art Accordingly, which interrogates issues of equity and inclusion in the arts. The podcast has been presented live at various events including the National Performance Network Conference, SphinxConnect, and the Arts Equity Summit.
Joshua freelances as a communications strategist and graphic designer who also has a dedicated online store of designs that function as wearable celebrations of queer and trans people of color and nods to cultural moments that shaped his identity.
He is an alum of the artEquity Facilitator Cohort and the American Express Leadership Academy as well as a former member of the Gay Professional Men of Color. He has served as a grant panelist for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
Joshua received his Master of Arts in Interactive Media from Elon University in 2012 and his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010.
The rest of his time is spent digging in crates for R&B/Soul records, live tweeting awards shows, thrifting with his mom, having play time with his cat Octavia, and sipping the casual gin and tonic. Follow him on Twitter & Instagram, @joshjenks. www.joshuahenryjenkins.com