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Jaime Sharp (she/they) is a Black queer nonprofit leader, social impact strategist, and arts & culture innovator residing on the stolen territory of the Three Fire Peoples, and members of the Kickapoo, Peoria, and Myaamia tribes. She strives to evolve organizational culture by challenging structural exclusion and dismantling systemic oppression with diversified leadership through the instillment of knowledge and access to adequate resources and mutual aid. Jaime stands firm in the belief that anti-racism is not possible without disrupting White supremacy culture and reaching Black liberation across all communities of the global majority.

As a 2023 Turn the Spotlight Fellow, CultivArt founding director Jaime Sharp was tasked with curating a project to support equity within the arts. With the guidance of her mentors, Afa Dworkin, and Melissa Wegner, the three brought the idea of an online resource hub for arts leaders of color to fruition. Over the past year, Jaime has collected, organized, and disseminated information on the knowledge instilled in them as an emerging professional and information to help reinforce a triumphant career in arts leadership.

January 2023

Jaime is announced as the next Program Manager for Grantmakers in the Arts beginning March 1, 2024

November 2023

Jaime joins the Auxiliary Board of the Chicago Philharmonic

September 2023

Jaime signed on as the 2023-2024 Strategic Operations Co-Chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago



Chicago Arts Leadership

& Innovation Summit


Lyric Young Professionals

Mix & Medley:


11.29 - 12.1.2023

Funding Forward 2023


African American Network: Jessie Montgomery &

The Blacknificent 7

1.25 -1.27.2024


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