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Juniper Creative Arts is a Vermont-based Black and Dominican family collective with a mission-driven practice of creating art that involves and celebrates historically excluded communities. They facilitate community mural projects with colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and community-based organizations, and educate on the history of muralism in the United States and the value of community murals and graffiti as forms of democratic art. They use visual art and murals to lift up the voices, images, and people that are often left in the margins. Juniper Creative consists of lead artist Will Kasso Condry, creative director Jennifer Herrera Condry, and photographer and arts apprentice Alexa Herrera Condry. Juniper Creative’s work centers on using mural arts as a vehicle for community-building, beautification, and healing.

Many of their mural initiatives involve developing a shared vision and visual narrative that speaks to and honors the collective voices of the community they are working with. They also offer fine art documentation, illustration services, and create magical plant teas and elixirs for healing. Their work is inspired by their cultural and spiritual lineages, urban art, Hip-Hop culture, the mystical, and the natural world. They believe in the power of the arts to heal, bring people together, build community, create dialogue, and celebrate the lives and stories of the African Diaspora. Juniper Creative has extensive experience creating murals utilizing a variety of media and substrate material including parachute cloth. They, especially, utilize parachute cloth for community mural projects as a way to incorporate artwork contributions from participants.

About the Team

Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Will Kasso is a renowned visual artist, graffiti scholar, and educator. Kasso studied fine art and illustration at The College of New Jersey as a first-generation college student. He furthered his education in the art of aerosol painting with the mentorship of legendary graffiti artist Daniel “POSE 2” Hopkins. Kasso refined his artistry in large-scale mural production under the tutelage of Dave McShane at Mural Arts Philadelphia. He has taught courses on the origins and politics of Graffiti and Street Art and the elements of Hip-Hop at Middlebury College. For over 20 years, Will’s public art initiatives and community engagement have helped vulnerable and fractured communities come together to creatively solve issues that affect their neighborhoods and everyday lives. Kasso is a visionary artist whose works are characterized by their Afro-futuristic aesthetic, intricate layers and explosions of color.

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Jennifer is the daughter of Dominican immigrants. She worked for 22 years in higher education focusing on multicultural student success before leaving in 2020 to focus on building Juniper Creative Arts. During her 18-year tenure at Middlebury College, Jennifer led efforts for the retention and care of college students from marginalized identities, developed co-curricular programs and creative experiences to support student success, identity development and sense of belonging. She has many years of experience in art curation, arts management, program design, project management, strategic planning, and organizational development. Jennifer holds an M.A. in Spanish linguistics from the Middlebury Language Schools and a B.F.A in art history and business from Hunter College. She is a spiritual herbalist in the Afro-Indigenous traditions of the Caribbean, a 200-hour certified Hatha Yoga practitioner, and a trained Reiki Master in the Usui System. Jennifer is a visionary creative director who facilitates creative place-making to foster community-building, personal expression, sense of belonging, and healing.

Born in Virginia and raised in Vermont, Alexa is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, where she received a B.A. in studio art and computer science. She is an emerging illustrator and photographer and is currently apprenticing under Will Kasso in aerosol painting and mural arts. Alexa is the lead art-making facilitator for K-5 community mural projects.

Since 2017, Jennifer and Will have facilitated mural projects for Middlebury College’s Anderson Freeman Resource Center and the McCullough Student Center, Princeton University’s Butler College and the Carl Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, University of Vermont’s Mosaic Center for Students of Color, Ripton Elementary School, and Middlebury Union High School.

Juniper Creative has facilitated mural projects for Ben and Jerry’s at the Burlington Scoop Shop and Arts Riot, North Country Kettle Bells, American Flatbread-Middlebury Hearth, Champlain Elementary School, Old North End Community Center, Café Mamajuana, Addison Central Teen Center, Addison County Parent Child Center, and North Country Union High School. Juniper Creative is currently installing a 600 square foot mural on a vaulted ceiling at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington, Vermont. The mural is documenting 229 years of BIPOC revolutionary history and features artists, activists, scholars, and a section highlighting some notable Black Vermonters.