Makala Fields, a native of Rhode Island is a Visual Artist and Executive Director/Owner of Unspoken Word Designs. She is based in Atlanta and serves as a Middle School Art Teacher at KIPP Vision Academy where she encourages art as activism with her scholars. Through her collage work, Makala explores storytelling, black culture & identity, womanhood and activism. Her work provides an intricate intimacy that showcases stories through visual and textural imagery.
In 2012, Makala designed an Art Connect class for KIPP South Fulton Academy, where she integrated art, reading and social-studies to help students master their learning. In celebration of National Women’s Awareness Month in March 2013, Fields collaborated with The Evolution of She and HOBI Studios and organized the first annual She Is an Icon Awards and Art Exhibition highlighting local SHE-ro’s and icons.
She curated two solo exhibitions in 2013 and 2014 at HOBI Studio and 595 North in Atlanta after two 365 day collage projects. In 2015 she served as a teaching artist in the Woodruff Arts Centers’, Arts for Learning Program. In 2016, Fields curated the first annual Youth Art Month Festival at KIPP Vision Academy, which has become a yearly event.
Over the past 15 years, Fields has pioneered a series of Youth Art programs with organizations such as KIPP Metro Atlanta, The Southwest Arts Center, The Providence Black Repertory Theater, Big Picture Schools, and Atlanta’s Westview Neighborhood Association. She was featured in a documentary produced by the Coalition of Essential Schools and the Big Picture Company that highlighted passionate teachers, sharing best teaching practices and the commitment it takes to mentor and teach urban high school students. Fields also has been featured on 11 Alive News, Voyage ATL and received the Class Act Teacher Award. She is a member of Tila Studios and C4 Atlanta, where she is working on her professional development.
Fields is currently working on an art curriculum based on artists--art technique from the African Diaspora. She is also working on a body of work that explores the black woman’s’ commitment to intentional self-care.