Shokai Sinclair (they/he)
I was born in Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up in the swamps of North Carolina. I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 16 years before moving to Denver, Colorado, in 2020.
Acting on a lifelong desire to be an artist, I attended a two-year intensive visual arts high school program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Here, I developed the methodical creative outlook that has informed the rest of my life and creative career. At the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), I focused my research on the social impacts of art on urban life.
While at SFAI, I began working at the nonprofit Art for Healing, placing donated works of art in healthcare facilities. Here, I gained firsthand insight into art’s healing capabilities by placing more than 1,000 works of art in hospitals, clinics, and shelters across the region.
Seeing the impact that the Great Recession had on the economy, I wanted to learn what brought long-term stability to organizations. My roles — first as operations manager for the Museum of Performance + Design and then as office manager for the Golden Gate Audubon Society — formed the basis of my knowledge of managing a business.
More recently, my passion for strategy has lead me deeper into design, marketing, and communications.
While at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay (a community foundation), I promoted Israeli-Palestinian coexistence projects to American Jewish philanthropists, which included traveling throughout Israel to orient these donors to our coexistence efforts.
While at Shotgun Players (a community theater that presents provocative plays), I created content that framed the plays in ways that opened up respectful conversations about sensitive topics, while informing patrons of potentially triggering content beforehand.
I started airloom.space in 2016 as a side hustle to take on exciting freelance design and marketing projects for causes that I care deeply about. I went full-time as an experience designer in 2019, and I now focus on designing regenerative solutions for a rapidly changing world through my design services, marketing services, group facilitation, and one-on-one coaching.
In 2020, I co-founded NC Handmade — an online marketplace for North Carolina craft artisans — with my mother, Lauren Sinclair. I have thoroughly enjoyed building this community and growing a family business.
In my daily life, I cultivate an analytical and strategic approach to creative problem-solving, and I regularly investigate my intuition through artwork, meditation, and tarot divination. I believe that the subconscious holds valuable information for personal and interpersonal transformation.
Throughout my education and career, the arts have factored heavily in how I engage with the world — in causes ranging from environmental conservation to philanthropy to health care. That’s not just a coincidence. As an artist, systems thinking and storytelling are hard-wired into me, and I believe that art and artists need to be integrated into every problem humanity is currently facing in order for these movements to be truly transformative.