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The Clifton House Welcomes Jenné Afiya Matthews!

Photograph by Naomieh Jovin


The Clifton House is excited to introduce Jenné Afiya Matthews as the newest addition to our team! 

A multidisciplinary creative, grown and honed in Baltimore, Matthews brings a wealth of experience in creative logistics, operations, and production to The Clifton House. Her vision, enthusiasm, and expertise will fortify the planning and execution of our public programs and events. Dedicated to the legacy of National Book Award Winning poet Lucille Clifton and her artist-activist husband Fred Clifton, the organization is a haven for the cultivation and celebration of the literary, visual, and performing arts. 

Said Matthews: “I am honored to be the newest member of The Clifton House team. In the tradition of creative makers and doers, storytellers, and advocates of a good word, I look forward to supporting the vision and brilliance of our ever-growing community of artists.”

Matthews has shared her talents at the grassroots and non-profit levels, with her impact and reach spanning  both local and national communities. She is the founding member of BALTI GURLS, a Black queer woman and femme-led artist collective established in 2014. In the years since, she has garnered acclaim across the film, community programming, and brand strategy industries, working and collaborating with BLACK MATTER, Luminal Theater, BlackStar Projects,  Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, and Retrospect Studios. She is also the creator and host of ZUZU HAUS, an audio project dedicated to exploring the unique relationship Black folks have with their home spaces, past and present.

Clifton House Founder and President Sidney Clifton states: “Jenné’s deep engagement, fresh, innovative ideas and commitment to the creative community are a welcome addition to the Clifton House family.  We are thrilled to have her join the team!” 

Please join us in celebrating the brilliance Jenné will bring to The Clifton House!

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