Delores Jackson Radney

Delores Jackson Radney is a founding partner of Kuumba Consultants, an arts-in-education agency providing arts and cultural programming for schools and youth organizations throughout the region. Ms. Radney was the theatre resource educator for the Rochester City School District (2001 – 2004), where she designed drama curriculum to satisfy the New York State Learning standards in drama and enhance student understanding in all subject areas. For 10 years (1991 – 2001) Delores was a museum educator at the Memorial Art Gallery where she was in charge of family programs and community outreach to under served audiences. Ms. Radney is also the artistic director of a multidisciplinary youth drama troupe, Kuumba Kids. She is a director of children’s plays, musicals and historical dramas and produces many community programs. She is the co-chair for the 5th year of the community wide Kwanzaa celebration. Recently, Ms. Radney created and produced Our Stories Ourselves: 19th Century Afro Rochester, an interactive learning resource for school and community learning. The learning resource includes videotape, musical CD, photo album and slides of paintings to teach about Rochester’s role in the African American freedom movement of the 19th century. Our Stories Ourselves is now a permanent part of school resource libraries across the district. Delores Jackson Radney is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a BA in Dramatic Arts and Communications. Ms. Radney is a Smithsonian Fellow in Museum Studies and the recipient of the Partners of the Americas Fellowship in International Development. She is now co-President of the Greater Rochester/Antigua and Barbuda chapter of Partners of the Americas. In 1992, Ms Radney won a Special Citation Award from the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester. The LINKS gave Delores Jackson Radney the White Rose Award for special contributions in the Arts. Latinas Unitas honored Delores with the Amigas of Latinas Unitas in 1999. She also won the Kuumba Award from the Southwest Neighborhood Association in 2000 and is also the recipient of many arts and cultural grants and awards.