Clambake February 2021

Clambake is BACK!

After a year of global upheaval and massive transition, we are excited to gather again (virtually of course!), to celebrate design & community. Over this past year, we’ve watched as you’ve all pivoted, plotted, and schemed up solutions to unprecedented crises. We have been inspired and are excited to use this platform to share the stories of design, creativity and innovation ~ in and with community, change and challenge.

Please join us! For this first Clambake of the year - and definitely not the last. As usual, we bring to you two amazing innovators from Rhode Island who will share their knowledge, design process, experience and impact with you.

For the uninitiated: Clambake is a monthly gathering for designers, creatives, and people who like design and want to know more. Two presenters from two different design disciplines present each month. Presentations are generally 15 minutes followed by Q&A.


A Rhode Island native, Jonathan Pitts-Wiley is a father, husband, storyteller, and educator and graduate of Yale University.

While his day job(s) are as Artistic Director of Mixed Magic Theatre and History teacher at Moses Brown School in Providence, Jonathan is an avid photographer. He co-founded the Vanta Guild, a collective of Black photographers based in and around Rhode Island in the spring of 2020. Fittingly for DxRI, Jonathan launched a podcast in late 2017 called The Clambake with JPW.

Jonathan has been the Artistic Director of Mixed Magic Theatre since April 2010. Since taking on the role, he has overseen numerous productions, including The Spirit Warrior’s Dream, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, and annual staged readings of Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham City Jail and Beyond Vietnam. In 2013, Jonathan joined the faculty as a History teacher at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. In the spring of 2016, Jonathan was honored with the Rufus Bilodeau Prize, an award given by the student senate to recognize excellence in teaching.

Outside of the theater and classroom, Jonathan has been fortunate to capture photographic images for Mixed Magic Theatre, The Rhode Island Black Storytellers, and the marketing and communication firm Rustle and Spark.

Kerlyne Jean-Baptiste is the founder of KerlyGirl, a natural hair care venture that provides plant-based and organic products to folks with coily, textured hair. Since 2018, KerlyGirl has been bridging conscious gap between beauty and health for folks of color. KerlyGirl’s mission comes from the lived experience of Kerlyne, who struggled for years to find affordable hair care products and see diverse representation in beauty and mass media.

A graduate of Brown University, Kerlyne centered her studies on women of the African diaspora as a Political Science and Africana studies concentrator.