Today we’d like to introduce you to Tre Harris.
Hi Tre, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I have been in the arts my whole life but did not take it seriously until after I moved to Florida. Influenced by a neighbor in my apartment complex in West Jacksonville (who made custom t-shirts & cd covers for musicians), one conversation led to another, turned into paint nights at either apartment. Then I saw an ad in Vibe magazine for Full Sail, which is how I ended up in Orlando cause I took a course in Audio Engineering (also inspired my Jacksonville neighbor Keevie). 2003 we moved to Orlando with my one year old daughter and her mother at the time (now both in Colorado).
As I began Full Sail, I would simultaneously learn some of the creative scene in Orlando through my classmates and teachers. Although things did not work out at Full Sail (early Winter Jan 2004), thanks to hanging out at a few recommendations by individuals, I would begin to develop a sense of direction, who is who, etc. It would be a student from Full Sail turned roommate that got me taking Art more seriously (2005-06). We would do our first collaborative exhibit at our apartment, which was decent. A few close friends stop in, did some poetry and a little bit of live music. That lead to a larger group exhibit at a venue called “Culture Mart” owned by Swamburger (visual artists and 1 of 4 members from the band Solillaquists of Sound. That event opened my eyes to a new future in the Arts. When I committed to become a full-time artist, I would lose everything from my car, storage unit and a place to live (2008). However, it was the best thing that happened to me and allowed me to gain different perspectives, skills and more. Thanks to multiple scenarios and challenges, I have found a way to navigate in the Arts + Life. I have worked for myself through many organizations in Central Florida to Miami and looking forward to branching out even further.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been a smooth transition. Not having a solid place to live in a city with no family or friends that weren’t stable themselves was a huge challenge.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have both areas. Employee/Professional Artists/Creative. When you work as Artists + Curator you will take on other creative work titles rather your conscious of it or not. My jobs in the Arts on a day-to-day basis – I work for myself and the community (contracted by organizations along by artists individually). I specialize in promoting artists individually, the venue or businesses their works are in. Corrective history for people of indigenous ancestry along with research on the artifacts that go with each story at African museum called Bronze Kingdom. What I am known for, proud of and sets me apart is the ability to be able to have the patience and cunning to decipher history by other means. While transferring creative tenacity amongst the groups, I work with or showing them ways to make their gifts work for them too.
What makes you happy?
Getting proper justice for all creatives!! Because Artists are misused on so many levels. Many of us are not even aware.
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