About the Founder

Quiera ("Q") Levy-Smith, founder of Black Dance is Beautiful
Quiera (“Q”) Levy-Smith,
founder of Black Dance is Beautiful

Quiera has served as a cultural ambassador and liaison between the business community and the private sector for more than fifteen years.  Though she possesses a marketing background, having primarily worked in the corporate world, she has always supported and participated at some level in the fine arts and community relations.   Having returned from China, after living in Beijing for two years, Quiera has focused on strengthening community engagements through the arts by leading fundraising and outreach efforts of Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theatre, Carmel Presbyterian church, and Taft Museum of Art.

Quiera’s business acumen coupled with her passion for community service; provide a solid base and broad understanding of public relations and benchmark practices. Over the past few years she coordinated the fundraising concerts of Central State Men’s Ensemble and Northern Kentucky Men’s Brotherhood, served as a docent for the Contemporary Art Center as well as an emissary for Cincinnati Museum Center’s “America I Am” exhibit, and outreach committee representative for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Opening Night gala.

As a member of the senior management teams of both Bi-Okoto Drum & dance Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Quiera incorporated numerous facets of project coordination including fiscal management, media promotion, program assessment, sponsor liaison, database maintenance and strategic marketing. She has provided innovative approaches to the challenges and opportunities of tactical target sponsorship and community development.

For 15 years, Quiera has been a member of Carmel Presbyterian church and for the past three years, she served on the Session Board as Worship Committee Chairperson and Stewardship Assistant Co-Chairperson.  Since 2001, Quiera has organized cultural bus trips for her church, including the Bill Pickett Black Rodeo in Columbus, Ohio, “Ebony on Ice”, a Black figure skating show in Chicago, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Dayton and Alvin Ailey II in Columbus Ohio.  These cultural excursions also served as modest fundraisers.  Quiera has also organized and arranged several youth choir concerts over the years, and produced an artist showcase in 2012 featuring a local painter, classical pianist, jazz and gospel saxophonist and spoken word artists.

In 2010, she launched BrownGirl Productions, an arts based consulting firm which specializes in creating cultural connections between the public and private sectors. The company successfully partnered with think BIG strategies in assisting in the successful marketing and sponsorship development of Middfest International.  Quiera believes she can make a difference with more people on a larger scale by employing vision and balance, energy and integrity in order to make substantial contributions toward the Greater Cincinnati Region.

Q currently serves on the Duncanson Executive Committee at the Taft Museum of Art and is the co-chair of MAC  (Multicultural Awareness Council) at the Cincinnati Symphony. Her hobbies and interests usually always combine various forms of the arts (dance, music, literary, visual etc…) and travel.  She has been married to her college sweetheart, Phillip Smith, for twenty-five years.  They are the proud parents of Malik Smith, a twenty year old sophomore, who attends the University of Louisville.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jerome Byrd says:

    Congratulations Q, you have an impressive resume I was unaware of, We will certainly support your programs and visions!
    Jerome & Belinda Byrd


    1. quierajill says:

      You are so kind. Thanks so much for your support. Hope to see you and Belinda soon. Come on out this Sunday if you can at Memorial Hall for a free event – Black Dance Is Beautiful On Film 2-7:30 p.m. Spread the word.


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