Aitina Fareed is a graduate of Buffalo State College, an entrepreneur, and business owner of Get Fokus’d Productions, a multimedia production company. Currently she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and has over 10 years experience assisting and collaborating with various organizations to better the lives of youth. She serves as the Education Coordinator at Young Audiences of Western New York and has served as the Youth Services Site Coordinator at the CAO N.U.R.T.U.R.E. Academy After-School & Summer Program, Youth Development Professional at the Boys & Girls Club, Youth Skill Builder at the Heart Foundation and Photography teacher at CEPA Gallery, to name a few.
Aitina has created programs that have improved youth awareness, provided positive solutions for unproductive behaviors, developed community service events that increased parent involvement and strengthened communities. Aitina has successfully created and facilitated multimedia projects for programs such as: The National Weed & Seed Program, CAO N.U.R.T.U.R.E. Academy After-School & Summer Program, XCEL Leadership Program, and CEPA Gallery’s Picturing Poetry, and Mapping Communities Program.

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Multimedia

Programs

Power of Words

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Combining original poetry and hip hop, teaching artist Aitina Fareed Cooke illustrates stories of endurance through hardships.  While sharing personal and creative stories of trauma and triumph, the artist explains the power of words and how writing can be used to heal, motivate, and inspire ourselves and others.
This performance explores the effects of many social issues that plague the world, such as bullying, youth violence, homelessness, depression and how the power of words can inform, ignite and inspire change.  Cooke also presents an artistic video that highlights historic leaders and poets and how their words affect others’ lives.
Grade Level:
3-12
Audience Limit:
300 performance, 30 workshop
Performance cost (single):
$530.00
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$715.00

iChange!

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iChange! is a Media Arts program created to engage middle school and high school youth in hands-on graphic design, visual art, and cooperative learning activities. This program will foster opportunities for growth in creative thinking, self-esteem, social awareness, and peer collaboration.
Through the use of Apple iPad Mini’s, youth will create visual art documents that will promote self-esteem, career readiness, technology, and graphic design skills. The desired outcome of this project is that through educating youth about various technology tools used in Media Arts, it will ignite and inspire.
Grade Level:
3-12
Audience Limit:
15
Workshop cost (back to back):
$210.00

Aitina Fareed Cooke, Education Coordinator, manages all after school programs and is the main educator for our Most at Risk program.  She is an entrepreneur and media artist with 10 years of experience working with young people in Buffalo’s most impoverished neighborhoods. She has a B.A. in Arts and Humanities from Buffalo State College and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Educational Technology.

Click here to read an interview with Aitina

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Multimedia

Programs