janera solomon is a writer, cultural strategist, curator, and nonprofit executive based in Pittsburgh. Recognized for her entrepreneurial energy, janera brings passion and a wide breadth of experience to cultural projects locally, nationally and internationally.
Her work as a curator is driven by a keen interest in artists committed to the cultural and social questions and issues of our time. Curatorial projects include: exhibitions, performances and community engagement projects with bright stars — Kyle Abraham, Olivier Tarpaga, Alisha Wormsley, Sean Dorsey, Jaamil Kosoko, Angelica Dass, David Rousseve, Vanessa German, Tavares Strachan, Damon Young, Terrance Hayes and many more.
A recognized thought leader in cultural planning, janera has an extensive portfolio of projects with visual artists, independent spaces, and museums and performing arts centers. This includes collaborative projects with Toronto based creative and museum consultants, Lord Cultural Resources, including: Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco); Brooklyn Museum of Art; Ministry of Tourism in Ontario; and planning and project management for the August Wilson Center for African American History & Culture (Pittsburgh).
janera is a provocateur known for her passionate commitment to creative and cultural expression as powerful tools for dialogue, collaboration and social change. For more than a decade, janera served as the executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. She’s a 2020-2021 fellow with Policylink, a National research and action institute based in Oakland California.
Her far-ranging interests include: live performance, architecture and urban planning, contemporary art & curatorial practice; womanism and motherhood, and the cultural frameworks and artistic practices of African diaspora, and more. She is a 2021 Martha's Vineyard Creative Writing Institute Fellow. She’s pursuing a MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins University and working on her first collection of poetry and essays.
In 2022, she joined Cathy Lewis Long, as co-founder, The Salon.