We're tye + taliya
THE HCIC'S (HEAD CREATIVES IN CHARGE) OF COCOHAUS
We know intimately the struggles facing people of color in the arts. A Yinzer herself, Tye had moved from Pittsburgh to Brooklyn for lack of creative opportunity. Taliya, who is from Brooklyn came for love and stayed for the burgeoning cultural landscape. With Taliya’s background in art programming, grantwriting and organizational management and Tye's background in communication, branding, arts marketing, and event production, we created a consultancy for Creatives of Color by Creatives of Color.
is a chronic sufferer of wanderlust, amateur foodie and certified yogi in training, constantly looking to expand her boundaries, especially creatively. She considers herself an artist with a non-traditional medium. Each brand and every venue, a blank canvas. And like any artist, she's sensitive about her sh*t. That means, true to Capricorn nature, she means business!
After studying at top-ranking arts school, Parsons School for Design, she received her BS in Fashion Merchandising from Kent State University. She relocated to Brooklyn, NY and worked for fashion & life-style companies like Bloomingdale's, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Kaufmann Mercantile. In search of more fulfilling work, she transitioned into the non-profit arena with the American Cancer Society and, eventually, arts & activist organization 1Hood Media as their Director of Public Relations and Creative Enrichment.
From personal experience and peripherally from her culture work, she's become intimately familiar with the barriers creatives of color face and how inequity feeds that beast. Determined to disrupt the system, she constantly creates with the bigger picture in mind: liberation. Named Who's Next in Communication and a finalist for CORO Pittsburgh Distinguished Leader's award, she wants to use her platform to amplify the voices of black & brown people everywhere.
An advocate for black and brown creatives like herself, she strives to work with those who prioritize authenticity and uplift audiences of color. The risk takers, innovators, provocateurs and visionaries, that’s her tribe.
is an educator and activist from Brooklyn, NY. Taliya attended the illustrious Clark Atlanta University where she majored in Political Science and minored in English on the Pre-Law track, pursuing her lifelong dream of being an international human rights lawyer. However, with the state sanctioned murder of Troy Anthony Davis in 2011, Taliya began to lose faith in the justice system as a means to create change, and shifted her focus to education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Clark Atlanta and being accepted into the 2013 Teach for America Hawaii corps.
After teaching sixth grade on the Big Island of Hawaii, she relocated to Pittsburgh, PA to continue her work with youth in communities of color. Having received her MS in Education from Johns Hopkins University, she began leveraging her experience in education and her passion for social justice and human rights to begin work as a graduate intern in Pittsburgh Public School’s Office of Equity, and eventually as Director of Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment for 1Hood Media.
A Sprout Legacy Awardee , and current consultant for the Transformative Arts Process , she is a believer in big dreams with small starts. Avid reader, burgeoning writer, and self-diagnosed hedonist, Taliya hopes to contribute to a world where everyone can thrive, no matter their starting point in life.