Biography

Urban Planning, Design and the Arts


Mr. Justin Fair works in the public sector encouraging community development and fair housing across the State of Maryland. He recently earned his Master’s in City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University for his research, "Tiny Houses and the Black Experience in Baltimore." In the community, Mr. Fair is a co-founder of Unmatched Athlete, a non-profit that encourages LGBTQ+ youth across Maryland to participate in sports and fitness; and, he is a board member with MissionFit, a non-profit that uses the power of training and exercise to empower Baltimore’s youth to achieve health, belonging and success. Mr. Fair is passionate and excited to combine his interests in community development, wellness and self-empowerment.

Recap

Ask Justin about all-things public art and urban design; he'll nerd out with you. Prior to his community planning work in Baltimore and his community development across rural communities across Maryland, he worked with the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. With the HCDC, he led economic and arts programs where he managed a portfolio of light-development projects, business consultations, public art commissions, databases, and engaged daily with the community, including the Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts (and Ales!) Festival. Prior to his work in Hyattsville, he received his Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and in Studio Art from University of Maryland-College Park. With a background getting his hands dirty, it's no wonder that he paints and draws in his free time at night, and has been known to dabble in movement-focused performance art.

Flash back even further, and Justin grew up as a skinny, high-pitched, asthmatic, artistic kid! All grown up, he's slightly bigger and finally fits into his clothes! With a focus on community development and an innate passion for empowerment and spirituality, he is charged with advocacy projects like Unmatched AthleteMissionFit, and volunteering with his synagogue. He aims to help kids of all ages discover the joy of community and self through the body and the spirit.

Justin and his family live in Southwest Baltimore on the County line. Follow Justin on Twitter @soulstrong.

Curious to see his art-in action? Browse his dry media, acrylic painting, and seasonally freelances video performance art at www.justinfair.com. While there, you can also browse his prolific photography and online musings.

Artist Statement

Justin Fair's dry media drawings phrase dark themes with an optimistic silver lining. With a rich palette of innate tones and textures, he explores primal human concepts, like conflict-of-character, childhood joys and spiritual awakening (examples include 2011’s "Jumpers", 2012’s "Play", and 2011’s "Shechinah", respectively).With works like "Sick" (2009), "Catharsis" (2011), and "New Life" (2014), Mr. Fair channels heartfelt concepts stemming from fearful isolation, question, and unknown opportunity into narratives of conquering fear, earnest devotion and capturing joy. His work is autobiographical and an exploration of discipline or the lack there-of.

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