The Brooklyn Collective is a supportive hub for over a dozen local entrepreneurs, creatives, and makers to collaborate and make an impact.
Justin Ellis, 31 and the artist in residence at The Brooklyn Collective, was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. His journey to becoming the artist in residence began during tumultuous protests over the loss of George Floyd. Unemployed due to COVID and looking for work, he was asked to create window installations for The Brooklyn Collective windows ruined during protests.
He pulls inspiration from the fluidity of nature and while he prefers collage work, Justin is currently working with oil, pastels, chalk, and graphite. Art has always been a part of his life and he currently enjoys the daily freedom to create as he is inspired.
As the only current visual artist in residence at the Brooklyn Collective, Justin has gone from creating during quick lunch breaks to showcasing his work locally and internationally. Additionally, he enjoys creating specialized pieces for commission work.
Justin enjoys the opportunities to grow as an artist and is grateful for the opportunities before him through The Brooklyn Collective. You can see his work, and contact him for your own commission, on Instagram @Just10_ellis or by email at JustinGregoryEllis3@gmail.com
I started Advocations in 2009 to help companies solve critical labor challenges by pipelining talent that is often undervalued and overlooked by the business community. Our specialty is identifying opportunities where disability is either an asset to the job, or irrelevant. We initially used staffing as a Trojan horse to help our clients get their foot in the door and show what they could do. Today, Advocations offers a turnkey solution for companies looking to find and retain talented people, who also have disabilities, nationwide.
In recent years, we’ve seen the business community make great strides in their approach to equitable employment for people with disabilities. By engaging with companies like Wells Fargo to participate in our job seekers’ professional development efforts, we build personal connections that empower a company’s leadership to proactively identify and work toward removing barriers that stand in the way of finding and retaining workers with disabilities.