Ryann Holmes, Arts and Economic Development Consultant

Pronoun: She/Her/He/Him

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
— Zora Neale Hurston

Ryann Holmes is Community Arts and Economic Development consultant with the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions.

Ryann has worked and lived in Brooklyn since 2005, fighting for love, and the freedom of our people. By cultivating creative spaces and supporting the economic development of the community, Ryann continues to dream and to create pathways of creativity, expression, beloved community, and love as wealth. 

As a person whose immediate family members have been traumatized by the criminal injustice system, Ryann has been committed to the Center for Nuleadership since 2012 as a youth mentor. Since 2016, Ryann has taken a larger role as a Community Economic and Arts consultant for Nulederships programs and initiatives. Ryann’s expertise is in building communities organically, curating creative spaces, and connecting folks in strategic ways. 

Ryann has worked in every industry from retail to philanthropy, but found most happiness when creating cool things with talented friends. Ryann also found joy and magic in being a part of queer, black culture in Brooklyn. So, in 2009, Ryann founded the bklyn boihood collective. As of today the collective has grown to four core members, based in Detroit, Miami, and Brooklyn, over 50,000 online followers, 6 calendars, annual parties, monthly gatherings, and a published anthology called Outside the XY. Ryann was the Director of Community Programs at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA), from 2012-2015, and rebranded/created the annual Soul of BK Festival, co-created over 100 arts programs with the Fort Greene’s housing projects community, and co-managed the logistics of Bed Stuy’s only film festival for children of color. In 2016, Ryann was voted one of Brooklyn Magazine’s top 100 cultural innovators. 

Ryann is also the co-founder of Lucid Haus records, an indie music label based in Brooklyn, featuring artists like Nappy Nina, Theo Mode, & Ria Boss. Ryann is also a music supervisor for “195 Lewis”, a boundary breaking web series that explores the lives of queer women of color in Brooklyn, New York. 

Ryann has an MBA from Baruch College in Social Entrepreneurship.