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“Nomad” by Daniel Noel, ArtsWave “Truth & Healing” Artist 

“My goal is to create a space where my ability to thrive does not impede your ability to thrive.”

Daniel Noel

2023 ArtsWave Black and Brown Artists Program

Creativity Squared is proud to support and partner with ArtsWave and to bring you this special interview series featuring the phenomenal artists and grant recipients selected for this year’s ArtsWave Black and Brown Artists Program.

Daniel is a 2023 ArtsWave Black and Brown Artists Program Grant Recipient and “Truth & Healing” Artist.

The intention of these interviews is to give these talented and deserving artists another platform to share their art and truth expressed through it, as you never know what ripples will turn into waves. If you’re interested in working with, featuring, or supporting these artists, please don’t be shy about it.

We’ll be hearing from these artists whose films were shown in the ArtsWave “Truth & Healing” Showcase and Film Festivals. Part one of this series features the artists whose work is in the exhibition that is available for visiting at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH, through September 10. 

This year’s theme is “Truth & Healing” and Creativity Squared host Helen Todd had the great honor of interviewing the artists during the opening showcase to learn more about their work and what truth and healing means to them.

Meet Daniel Noel

Daniel Noel’s work as a musical and visual artist explores his complex relationship as a first-generation immigrant navigating his adopted home while seeking to find love, healing and community in a culture grappling with a complicated history.


“Nomad” is a series of songs written from the author’s experience over a two-year period exploring life as an immigrant and the challenges that can exist between two polarized spaces. Themes of love, heartbreak, the pursuit of ‘fitting in’, the unintentional consequences of expressing ‘self’ through hair, art and more fill the songs with a universality that ultimately points to healing and belonging.

ArtsWave 2023 Black and Brown Artists Program Cohort

This year’s Black and Brown Artists Program cohort reflects a vibrant collection of diverse art forms created by an equally diverse group of 18 artists. Their mediums include couture fashion, painting, and sculpture — along with film, musical composition, podcasts, theater, dance, and multidisciplinary works.

The projects not only represent the African American experience, but also the experiences of those with Mexican, Lebanese, Somali, Argentinian, Zimbabwean, Guatemalan, and Indigenous heritage.

Listen to the accompanying podcast episode which features Daniel:

Connect with Daniel

Stay connected with Daniel on his Instagram account for his music (@danielnoelmusicofficial), and also his photography/videography work (@danielchimusorophotoandvideo). Give him a listen/follow on Spotify as well!.

Learn more about ArtsWave and why we proudly support the organization in Episode 9 “Art Bridges Cultural Divides” with Janice Liebenberg, VP of Equitable Arts Advancement at ArtsWave: https://bit.ly/Ep9JaniceLiebenberg.

Creativity Squared is a proud partner of ArtsWave and because it’s important to support artists like Michael, 10% of all revenue Creativity Squared generates goes to ArtsWave and directly supports the Black and Brown Artists Program.

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