Naomi Johnson is a Mohawk Bear clan from Six Nations. Naomi has worked within the arts in various capacities; with several years’ experience as a professional artist, community arts facilitator, arts programmer, and curator. Naomi has a BFA hons. – Visual Arts – from York University and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria. During her time as Artistic Director Naomi has curated several art exhibitions including the group exhibition Origins and the solo show Kent Monkman. This past season she programmed the Tehonkieron:nions (They are Entertaining) performing arts series. With performances by Cris Derksen, Susan Aglukark, Jennifer Kreisburg, Leonard Sumner, Santee Smith, and a production of ‘Savage’, by Native Earth. Naomi gathered notable experience as a community artist serving as Lead Artist Facilitator for Arts Access, a three year community arts initiative lead by the AGO. Naomi continued her work as a community artist by serving as Artist in Residence for the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres – YMAQ (Youth Media Art Quilt) project. Her work involved traveling across province and conducting painting workshops with eight alternative schools over a two year period, culminating into the creation of an online student gallery and catalogue. In 2015 Naomi programmed events for Planet IndigenUS 2015 at the Woodland Cultural Centre, this included an opening concert by music legend Buffy Sainte-Marie and a commissioned group exhibition InterNations|InterSections. This exhibition premiered at Fort York and featured commissioned works by Kelly Greene, Kevin Lamure, Kent Monkman and Doug Smarch.
Currently Naomi continues her work at the Woodland Cultural Centre as Artistic Director, programing performing arts events and curating visual arts exhibitions.