About Sharayna Ashanti Christmas
Sharayna Ashanti Christmas is a social entrepreneur, creative and producer. Over the last 15 years, she has served in many capacities, including performer, creative director, facilitator and collaborator—to help develop and sustain ecosystems that support creatives and the communities that they live in and serve. With her mother, she founded Muse 360 Arts, a nonprofit that served over 1,000 youth and their families annually with creative entrepreneurship opportunities, high quality dance training and opportunities to study abroad.
In 2017, she founded Necessary Tomorrows, a radical platform for underrepresented creatives. To date, the platform has worked with 32 artists, selling over $42,000 of artwork with no commission, produced 16 shows, hosted seven studio visits and created six new artist collaborations. Early this year, the Necessary Tomorrows Fund launched to provide $5,000 to Black creatives in Baltimore to support their livelihood.
Christmas was the 2011 recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Living Classroom Foundation and received the Leading Women 40 Under 40 Award from The Daily Record in 2013. She is the 2015 recipient of the New York Women’s Auxiliary Excellence Award and is a 2016 graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee LEADership Program. Christmas holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Morgan State University.