2019 Altar Installation Artists


Ellenie Cruz


Educator, Poet, Doula, Asc3nding Herbalist, Reiki Practitioner, Food Literacy Educator, Artist and Designer- Ellenie Marie Cruz uses her given and learned talents to promote the art of ancestral practices to heal self, family and community. Motivated by social justice, she has shifted from being a high school English teacher to a free agent and entrepreneur promoting radical change through holistic wellness, self-care and community building. Ellenie received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education and had a strong focus on her research of Spoken Word as a Method of Social Change and Education. Now she serves and impacts her community by providing a pop-up apothecary, herbal consultations and classes focused on using natural practices for self-care and wellness.  She is the sole Organizer of the NOLA Herb Gathering, has most recently published her first poetry book Saturn Return I: Glimpses of the past, and is expanding her visual project, "Portal, P****, Pilon" to a visual exhibition and interactive workshop to address sexual trauma experienced by women.


Lorna Williams


Lorna Williams was born in 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. She studied at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. In 2009, she attended the Norfolk Program at Yale University. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum Harlem, Harlem, NY; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Williams’ work has been reviewed in The Wall Street JournalArt in America, The New York Times, FLATT, Boston Magazine, Concierge Magazine, and The Boston Globe, among others. She was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalist, ARTS Recognition Finalist, National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Finalist, Art and Change Grantee of the Leeway Foundation, Ellen Battell Stockel Fellowship Recipient. Her work is included in the collection of 21C Museum, The Pizzuti Collection and Wellington Management. Williams lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Tiye Jones


Tiye is originally from Oakland, CA but now call New Orleans home. Dance is on of her first love and she is an active board member of Dancing Grounds and Ivy New Orleans Leadership Academy. She is a part of No Lye Comedy Collective an all-black female standup comedy, improv and sketch collective. She is also a certified yoga instructor in Trauma Informed Yoga. She is also a Design Coach with TrueSchools where coaches six principals from around the nation on design, innovation, and transformation efforts within their schools is. She loves chicken wings and only eats pizza with ranch on it. You can find her yelling "Ashe and Harambe" weekly on the No Lye podcast. 


Tralana Eugene

@queen_of_ pinkk
The Relationship Doctor

I am a healer of relationships. I believe in a holistic approach to address life’s issues. I am a mirror that observes your desires, goals, obstacles, and patterns and then reflect what I see as barriers that are preventing you from obtaining what you truly want. I work with you to bring more peace, joy, satisfaction, and awareness into your life.  I work with individuals, couples, families, children (5-12yrs), and teens. If you are having conflict in your relationships, need help with parenting or co-parenting, experienced trauma, or experiencing any dissatisfaction in your relationships or life in general, I would be honored to work with you.

I completed my Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling at the University of Holy Cross (UHC) in 2013. I studied under Dr. Matt Morris to hone my skills of understanding the delicate balance of art and science—which is Counseling. I am continuing my studies towards a PhD in counseling at UHC. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Louisiana. I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and TBRI Practioner (Trust Based Relational Interventionist), which is a fancy way of saying that I have experience working with people and families that experienced trauma.  I take a holistic approach to counseling and am a Yoga Instructor for children ages 5-9. I also have years of experience as a Mental Health Professional in schools. I am available to help you navigate the school system and to advocate for your child. I provide consultation for schools which can include professional developments, support and training for staff and administration, and case consultations.


Renee Royale


Renee Royale is an artist, independent curator and art entrepreneur. Creating spaces for art to thrive online and in real life, she seeks to push boundaries and create new art experiences. Her largest project to date is Support Black Art, an online platform that shares art from the African diaspora. With over 175,000 followers across multiple social media channels, Support Black Art highlights artists, their work, and their experiences, with a focus on the accessibility and diversity of the art world. 

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