Photographed by  Jeremy Tauriac

Photographed by Jeremy Tauriac


Gia M. Hamilton is known for her visionary ability to identify and cultivate support systems. A cultural steward, design thinker, and applied anthropologist, Hamilton has spent the last two decades straddling the nonprofit world & corporate America, leveraging her expertise in resource-based economic strategy to move forward new models in capacity building and fundraising.

As a model builder, Hamilton  co-founded an independent African centered school, Little Maroons in 2006; later, she opened an intersectional incubator space- Gris Gris Lab in 2009 and currently leads the Joan Mitchell Center artist residency program. As the Center Director, Hamilton designed the program as a place based, community centered laboratory for visual artists, curators and the creative community with the belief that imagination and creativity are paramount to creating a more equitable and socially just society.

She is on the board of Tulane University Newcomb Museum, Alliance for Artist Communities and New Orleans Video Access Center. Gia currently lives in New Orleans with her four sons and wrote the book Modern Matriarch, an ethnographic memoir.  Her current innovation, musings and practice can be explored by her portfolio and blog and you can stay in touch with her here.