Dedicated to arts education, Safiyah Cheatam considers herself as an interdisciplinary teaching artist. She currently serves as the Design Team and Baltimore Speaks Out (BSO) Assistant Instructor encouraging leadership, networking, and social change through graphic design and film. She extends this practice to judge Short Film for the annual Muslim Interscholastic Tournament, a regional competition assessing high school student’s technical and creative skill in order to develop a strong identity and understanding of Islam. As a Black, Muslim, woman, she explores the intersections of identity in her work.
Safiyah joined Wide Angle in 2016 as a Community Voices (formerly Youth Photography Traveling Exhibit) volunteer. Her teaching experiences include leading a workshop at the Maryland Out of School Time Network Conference on college and career readiness, three years as a teaching assistant at Govan’s Elementary School where she individually mentored in reading and writing proficiency to under-performing students, and one year assisting Visual Effects and Animation courses through the Electronic Media and Film program at her alma mater Towson University. With an interest in interactive, educational media, she hopes to become involved in museum installation and exhibition within the Baltimore-DMV area.