Cleo Barnett is Pākehā and White American curator, creative strategist, and experience designer. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, her practice explores the relationship between public art, storytelling, and collective liberation grounded in sustainability. Since the age of 18, Cleo’s work at the intersections of art and cultural organizing has taken her around the world, curating and producing exhibitions, festivals, and placemaking activations across the United States, New Zealand, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Since 2016 Cleo has been a core part of the Amplifier team. As the Deputy Director, Cleo co-produces and co-curates the organization’s media experiments including the iconic We The People Campaign, Women’s March on Washington, and We The Future campaigns. The result has been millions of iconic posters distributed and downloaded across the country and building the non-profit into a globally recognized art and social justice organization.
Cleo holds an M.A. in Art and Public Policy from New York University, and a double B.A. in Political Science and International Business from the University of Auckland. Alongside her curatorial practice, she is an active working artist. You can see some of Cleo’s art here.