LaTreice V. Branson, MFA, GISFA

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"All of the work, in all its mediums, is an expression of my self-care practice and using creativity to inspire personal and communal wellness"

LaTreice V. Branson, MFA, GISFA is an award-winning educator, speaker, musician, interdisciplinary artist, disability advocate and radical wellness practitioner who enriches her community through interactive, performance lectures, wellness programming and public events.  

 

Exploring the creation of new soundscapes through improvisation, by inviting musicians and non-musicians alike to engage in the process of arranging music, LaTreice has influenced a reciprocal culture of sharing that unites marginalized communities

As the founder of Drum Like a Lady, LaTreice has influenced a culture of sharing, hosting over 60 public jam sessions in the Tri-State area over the past 6 years, curating interactive performances at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The African American Museum, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Bartram’s Garden and The Barnes Foundation just to name a few. Her creative wellness program “R.A.W” (Radical Adventures in Wellness) which serves individuals with various forms of illness, trauma and disabilities is in partnership with Drexel University’s Center for Non-Violence and Social Justice, The New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Unite4HER Breast Cancer Foundation, The Lupus Foundation and so many more.

 

Having served as faculty at The Ohio State University, Columbus State Community College, and as tenure-track faculty at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, LaTreice has served as a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University, Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, Penn State (Abington), Drew University, Arts Exchanges on International Issues For Tanzania Leadership Workshop Programs, Ohio Northern University Lecture Series, and The African American Museum in Philadelphia just to name a few. As a professor, LaTreice has taught several disciplines, including graphic design, photography, internet literacy and communication arts.

 

With a renewed focus on communal wellness, LaTreice uses her experiences as a woman seeking wholeness in the midst of a chronic spine injury and bipolar disorder to facilitate engaging performance lectures on "The Exhaustion Complex", "Radical Adventures in Wellness" and "Becoming Well in a Sick Body", which have been featured at the Common Field Conference in 2019 and Intercultural Journeys. As a survivor and advocate for women and girls overcoming trauma due to sexual and domestic violence, she was invited to be a featured performer at the 2019 National Sexual Assault Conference, in Philadelphia

 

As an artist, LaTreice has exhibited her interdisciplinary works in the US and abroad for 16 years. Her work has been published  in Other Heroes: African American Comic Book Creators, Characters and Archetypes, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Tribune, Art is a Woman’s World, Magnet Magazine, and Tom Tom Magazine. Her artworks are in collection at The Ohio State University, the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, Art Sanctuary and the William H. Thomas Gallery.

 

With the support of the amazing percussionists of Drum Like a Lady and the community at large, LaTreice led the drum procession for the Women's March in Philadelphia in 2018 and 2019, and served as the opening psalmist in 2020. LaTreice is also an internationally recognized drummer with Tycoon Percussion.

 

LaTreice is a Keystone Scholarship recipient of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and valedictorian of the graduating class of 2005 . As a Graduate Fellow of The Ohio State University’s Department of Art, she is the first recipient of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Fine Art program. In 2010, LaTreice was honored as one of Philadelphia's Top Women Professionals and in the same year, she was awarded the Presidential Service Award, signed by President Barack Obama. Most recently, she was honored with the 2016 Leeway Transformation Award for her outstanding service and impactful community work in Philadelphia.