I am TLJ (tiffany lenoi jones)
TLC by TLJ, is a life mission to provide a dose of TLC (tender love and care) within each interaction I have through art, teaching and learning. My goal is to foster a community that shares the ability to TLC (teach,learn,change, create and/or challenge)
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Who is TLJ?
Tiffany L. Jones is an artist, educator, designer, activist, healer and ordained officiant specializing in LGBTQ weddings. She is Southern feed and New York City breed. She loves colors, beads, laughter, fabric, paint, oddities, fashion, sharing, cooking, creating, dancing and learning. She loves music. Any kind of music. She is known for having many hairstyles and a collection of eyewear. She adores her family.
She is storyteller, a skill learned from her parents. She is committed to unearthing the intersections of our stories to provide opportunities for growth and healing. She believes everyone has a story to tell and to learn from.
She studied graphic design and received a BA in Graphic Communications. While in college she was an apprentice/assistant to doll and textile artist Adrienne McDonald, in which she learned the art of cloth doll making and began Love, Mama dolls in 2001. With her passion for teaching, social change and art making Tiffany pursued a Master’s degree in Art Education from New York University.
Currently she is an Art Teacher in the New York City Public School system. During her career an art educator she has created the Zanmi Means Friend Project, a cultural exchange project connecting NYC students & Haitian elementary students, piloted a official Black Lives Matter Art & Activism course for NYC teens titled “I Honor You”and is a partner teacher of the New Museum. She can be found advising art organizations, creating art and advocating for Art Education in the lives of young people in NYC.
You may also find her dancing with friends to house music, enjoying the breeze, reading a book, or cooing over cute babies.
I am a woman of color born, raised and living in the United States. My genealogy is representative of this lands bloody, painful and complex history. Oppression and struggle for ones validity in the world is rooted in my family tree. I am the daughter of enslaved African women, who were brought to a new land as dehumanize labor and wombs served as factories for the early American economy. I am the offspring of European colonial enslavers, who lust procreated profitable mulattos for the slave auction blocks. I am the granddaughter of the people who lived here before the land was referred to as the “New World”. I am the direct descendent of American history. My existence is a constant reminder that in this country slavery, genocide, cultural repression and terrorism happened here. My bloodline has afforded me with a heighten awareness and curiosity of the historical implications of my experience as a woman of color living in the post-colonial Western World.
As a woman of color living in the post-colonial Western World my experience as well as identity has been impacted by the oppressive nature of racism, sexism, classism and homophobia. Furthermore the inherited trauma caused by the intellectual, cultural and spiritual repression of those who are descendants of Africa has deeply influenced my development. Carmen Braun Williams asserts the multitude of constraints African American women face promote the growth of a multi layered identity however this growth should not be understood in terms of defeat. Williams states “girls use personal agency, that is, the ability to effectively change and intervene in one’s own circumstance”. (Williams, 2005). As a result continually researching the histories of the sociological and physiological conditions that are influential in the development of African Diaspora womanhood has been my form of “personal agency”.
I create visual and tangible artifacts that are representative of my “personal agency”. Ultimately my body of work considers my genealogical relationship to historical discourse. In 2003 during the conference “A New Frontier: Blacks in Science Fiction,” Octavia Butler listed the three categories of science fiction as “what if, if only, and if this goes on.” (Pough, 2005) Questioning “what if, if only, and if this goes on” is indicative to my art making. As an artist it is my intent to create a space in which the interconnectivity of the past, present and future of the African Diaspora is revealed.
Please explore the options in the drop menu for more information and examples of my artwork.
As an educator I am a guardian and nurturer of the power of the human spirit. I have learned how to listen to the words spoken and unspoken. I am aware of the impact I have on my students, also known as partners in learning. In my presence I am their protector, cheerleader and healer. In my presence they are reminded that they are golden, wise, unique and of value. Most all they are magical and capable. I have a rare moment everyday to be an agent of change in my village called school.
As an artist and educator I am entrusted with nurturing the powerful creative spirit, magic. Art Education is a rare opportunity to discuss life in all its complexities. Art makes our thoughts visual thereby making the artist visible. To be seen is a revolutionary act and restores ones humanity. Art guides us to healing, empowerment, and advocacy. It is my goal is to foster students who have the ability to TLC, teach, learn, change, create and/or challenge, their communities. This goal is urgent as we stand witness, sometimes victims, to the trauma produced from social injustice and inequity.
As I grow as an educator I am most proud of my ability to foster a classroom that is a collaborative learning environment filled with opportunities for students to develop to the curiosity, self-determination and confidence needed to successfully problem solve independently. Such a learning environment encourages students to assert themselves as proactive and owners of their learning through the experience of succeeding and accomplishing a goal in my classroom. Such an experience is transformative and translates in other areas of a student’s life.
A key strategy I have employed to maintain this very important accomplishment and goal is: engage students in curriculum & skill development that is culturally relevant, current, thought-provoking, and approachable. When planning my yearly curriculum, I take into consideration current topics/issues, progressive art mediums, as well as cultural developments that interest the student body. I consider what students enter the Art classroom know, want to know, care about and are eager to discuss. This is the spark needed for magic to occur within the four walls of our classroom, our sacred space.
There are various ways in which we can teach learn create together. I specialize in:
Workshops for All Ages
Consulting and Advising
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