Jermaine T. Bell, Communications Manager, Social and Digital Media

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Background:

Jermaine Taron Bell is a Visual Designer and alumnus of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Through his work at Havas Worldwide, Bell gained footing in advertising with clients like Michelob Ultra, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Constellation Energy.

Most recently, Bell wrapped a 1½-year long 2016 Open Society Institute (OSI) Fellowship engaging with black makers and artist communities in Baltimore. 

In 2016, Bell wrapped his tenure as the Marketing & Programming Director and Baltimore Corps Fellow for Impact Hub Baltimore. Here Bell shaped the programming and marketing goals for the co-working space. Bell implemented the brand identity, began and grew the social media presence to 6,000+ followers, formulated outreach for multiple communities, and created affiliate memberships with organizations like Hashtag Lunchbag Bmore and AIGA Baltimore.

At Impact Hub Baltimore, Bell created the Rise Residency with New York Times Bestselling Author D. Watkins to highlight thought leadership, inclusion & equity to reach new audiences. Together, Watkins & Bell created programming to promote Watkins’ literacy mission for young, black Baltimoreans. Bell curated ongoing art exhibitions, including budding photographer Shannon Wallace’s first photographic exhibition. Bell implemented health and wellness initiatives for community and Impact Hub members with weekly yoga classes and forums with black urban farmers. His work with Impact Hub Baltimore, won the coworking space "The Best Creative Space” Award from Baltimore Magazine in 2016.

Other accomplishments / highlights:

2017

  • Helped curate and shape the aesthetic and the creative team for launch of the first The Red Bull Amaphiko Academy in the United States, a 10-day series of workshops, and a launch pad for social entrepreneurs. For this project Bell created design collateral and helped partner local artisans for the collective Made In Baltimore’s Pop Up Shop at The Eubie Blake Cultural Center. 

  • Selected to attend the annual Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators., a five-day conference in Salzburg, Austria, where 50 participants, from all over the world, who work in varying types of cultural sectors, discussed best practices and attended seminars that strengthened their work.

2015

  • Spearheaded REdesign & REbuild, an initiative with AIGA, the nation’s premier professional membership organization for graphic designers.

    • REdesign & REbuild created a new partnership with AIGA Baltimore & The Neighborhood Design Center to rebrand and relaunch The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation’s marketing materials after the unrest in Baltimore in April 2015. 

    • Served as AIGA Programming Chair.