Njeri Rutherford is a dance artist, scholar, arts administrator and entrepreneur from Detroit, MI. After receiving her B.A. in Dance and Communication Arts from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. After relocating to NYC to pursue her career as an artist, she discovered her passion for arts administration and gained experience in development and fundraising through her work at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, Dance/NYC, and others. She has choreographed and performed in many notable venues including Charlotte Dance Festival, Dixon Place, and BRIC. She is the founder of The Barre, an artist services company whose mission is to bridge the gap between Black artists and proper funding, resources, and notoriety. Njeriis a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s Master of Fine Arts program where she also completed certificates in World Performance Studies and Arts Entrepreneurship and Leadership.