We had the good fortune of connecting with Kina Día and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kina, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
The founders of Air and Fire Production, LLC wanted to magnify Black creatives’ voices through the celebration of Black art and business. We welcome art of all forms and our Creative Kickbacks and Art Shows serve as a platform to showcase and monetize the work of both artists and vendors. Opportunities like our EmpowerMe Business Box, an assortment of Black-owned products and services curated by the founders of Air & Fire, serves as another avenue to promote local artists and entrepreneurs. Basically we are creating a collective that not only showcases and promotes various artists, but also serves to provide them with professional development opportunities.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are our ancestors. Powerful. Resilient. Bold. Creative. To be a culture that is so often appropriated, we – Black artists, curators, and entrepreneurs- are still underrepresented, underfunded, and without the recognition we deserve in the worlds of mainstream art and business. More than just paint on a canvas, a photograph in a frame, or another spoken word piece, art in its many forms tells the stories of the social and political climates of the Black experience. It is our desire to help the creative community refine our voice, reestablish our presence and reclaim the rights to our stories, songs, words, art, and sounds. While we are a new company, our journeys as business owners and creators are not. It is the culmination of our experiences, good and bad, that guide is as we try to further the opportunities and advancements of our culture through the arts. As we find our way, we see it as our duty to help those coming up behind us. If there is anything we have learned as a collective is that success does not come overnight. Find the folks who will motivate and encourage you and never, ever, ever give up.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh my! There is so much to do in Atlanta! Whenever my besties are in town we like to eat! One of my favorite places to grab a snack is Indulge Gourmet Popcorn on Peters Street. Their popcorn is so good! We also love to go to Le Petit Marché in Kirkwood for brunch! When it comes to things to do,there are so many dope art events in Atlanta, so whether it’s an Air and Fire Production, or another showing from the community, we are totally taking advantage of the various art venues and events around the city. We are so thankful to have recently met artists like Clifton Lee, Atlanta based comic book creator, Paris Ellis, Artpreneur and founder of We Matter Period, and Ieesha Naeema, a self taught California based artist, Aakeem Bennett, a phenomenal public speaker and Allan Small of Kickstart Law, LLC. in Atlanta. All professionals and creatives who are just beyond inspiring! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would definitely like to shout out Air and Fire’s CFO, CiCi Chandler aka our Chief Coin Curator and Juanita Clem, our Chief Digital Diva (Chief of Marketing). These ladies balance families, other companies, school, friendships and relationships as well. It is truly the culmination of their energy, talents, time and over all magic that keeps me, and our company, going. Our partnership is truly more like a family affair. We are always finding ways to uplift each other and the artists that we join forces with.
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