- Art Department
- College of Fine Arts
K.E. Coney-Ali is an cultural historian and educator who specializes in African and Diaspora Studies. As an educator, Coney-Ali serves as a lecturer of African art history in the Department of Art at Howard University. Coney-Ali's professional work experience in the cultural arts field runs the gamut, from communications at the National Endowment for the Arts to museum registration and collection management at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History of Culture, and interim directorship at Howard University Gallery of Art.
In her dedication and commitment to the arts, cultural diversity and heritage management, Coney-Ali serves as an independent cultural heritage consultant, ICONEK Global, whose interests focuses on community capacity building in effort to promote education and social protection while safeguarding cultural integrity in marginalized communities. She has served as a Swahili cultural consultant and participant for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage 2014 China and Kenya Folklife Festival. During the same year, she was an UNECSO endorsed 2014 World Monuments Fund Watchlist nominator and spokesperson for the World Heritage Site Lamu Old Town in Kenya.
Through her work, Coney-Ali has developed international projects that foster strategic partnerships and cultivate sustainable heritage management programs which provide education programming and global cross-cultural awareness to at-risk youth. In 2010, she developed and curated “In Their Own Voices” project securing an American Alliance for Museums (AAM) Museum and Community Collaboration Abroad program grant for the National Museums of Kenya Lamu Museums. The project was a cross-cultural exchange program teaching primary school students to culturally explore their voices through oral traditions, creative writing, and digital storytelling. More recently, the US Department of State Mandela Washington Leadership Initiative recognized Coney-Ali as a 2018 Reciprocal Exchange American Professional for her collaborative women and youth agricultural extension project “Kilimo Cha Baraka” in Mbita, Kenya. The scope of Coney-Ali’s work advocates for socio-economic empowerment, rehabilitation, and revitalization in the development of arts-based programming by means of curating and preserving the living culture of people from Africa and the Disapora.