Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown
Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown is most passionate about connecting with, and the betterment, of humanity at large. In 2012, she founded a personal mission driven project called Art Antidote; the aim to aid underserved minority youth in recovery from psychological and physical traumas through therapeutic arts activities and engagement in healing public art installations. The project produced free workshops, special events, and therapeutic arts services for Baltimore City pediatric hospital patients. Art is medicine; it stimulates the brain, creating a chemical response of dopamine production, beneficial for those battling depression. Nicoletta finds immense joy in facilitating opportunities that promotes all aspects of human wellness.
Professionally, Nicoletta has directed education and arts enrichment programs throughout the Baltimore region, including the City Arts Council (Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts) for thousands of participants annually; including working with a team to produce Artscape, the nation’s largest free arts festival. Programming she has designed continues to provide comprehensive enrichment opportunities for underserved city residents including youth, transient (homeless) populations, refugees, immigrants, low-income families, previously incarcerated individuals during re-entry, and the general public. Responsible for overseeing all aspects of these outreach programs, she is able to work closely and fluidly with various city organizations, institutions, companies, and agencies to maximize social impact.
As a Healing Artist, Nicoletta puts energy into developing works that communicate with her core and to others about the beauty of existence. She is an interdisciplinary artist; sculptor, filmmaker, performer. Her work is about light, connection, love. She fabricates sculptural installations and objects, and creates performances that are meant to communicate introspection. She is motivated by the idea of the collective oneness; that all is interconnected. Her process begins with self-examination; healing the residual wounds from past traumas. To Nicoletta, art means hope. She makes because she aims to heal. She draws inspiration from nature, science, modern philosophy, and ancient spiritual rituals. She combines techniques in fiber manipulation, casting, alchemy, accumulation, and new media. Her goals are to capture memories and facilitate moments. She aims to achieve vulnerable self-awareness. Part of her process, before rendering, is to read as much as possible. Typically drawn to researching and examining the ideas behind topics such as social sculpture and the performative body. Nicoletta is deeply embedded in everything that she creates. She tries with every finished work to have others leave with a piece of her. If she were to have a living eulogy, words must be borrowed from a piece so elegantly penned by writer Mary Anne Radmacher:
she saw. she grew.
she learned. she laughed.
she shed her skin.
she bled on the pages of her days,
she walked through walls,
she lived with intention."