Omar is an artist, activist, and entrepreneur who believes that art is the spearhead of human innovation and evolution. In 2008 he completed a degree in film studies and later co-founded The Roots Collective, a social org, clothing line, and print shop focused on building Black cooperative communities.
Born in an immigrant Haitian family of artists, Omar witnessed first hand the struggles that artists from developing countries face in trying to grow their careers without being exploited, so in 2019 he partnered with Iris Nevins to launch Umba Daima. He recruited artistic talent from around the world, connected them to opportunities, and produced artistic collaborations that have been life changing for a number of artists. Some of his notable recruits are Heno., a California-based rapper, and Isaac Udogwu, a Nigerian American animator.
Omar is the creative visionary behind Umba Daima’s visual brand, curation, and many of the upcoming NFT projects that will shake up the NFT space and onboard thousands of people into NFTs.
Lab 4 Schedule
|Breakout Workshops |
Fabricate your Reality!3D Printing:
3-D printing engineered by members of the Makers Lab from McClymonds Highschool in West Oakland.
Leveraging your business on social media! Meeka is our Branding, Marketing and social media coordinator for KOO. Meeka Johnson will walk you through creating a digital infrastructure for your business.
Step into the Future: Virtual Art Gallery!NFT/Virtual Art Gallery: Iris Nervin + Omar Desire (Collaborator)
Appreciating CAD as Fine Art!! Learn from Myk Dunn as they explain testing, designing and co creating satellite engines for some of our planet's biggest space systems.
Spring Symposium Attendees/Over 30: Cava Host (Review of Lab 1 - 3 summary videos, youth development and leadership, connected to our Theory of action for KOO)