The Collective NHV
photography and visual art
C-creatively authentic to self at all times.
O-obstacles turned into art.
L-leading with passion.
L-learning with conviction.
E-effectively bridging the gap amongst artists.
C-cultivating quality art.
T-testing your artistry.
I-impacting industry, youth, and community all in one.
V-visionaries with a plan
E- empowering others to create
The Collective NHV, first established in 2015 by Thomas Nelson, became a hub for emerging artists to collectively create. We are currently a Black-owned media company made up of Black creatives dedicated to visually serving a purpose to ourselves, clients, and communities. Photography, videography, film, and fashion have opened up a world of many art forms as well as pushing the boundaries within ourselves to be authentically creative. With Kasaad Bullock, Stephen Jackson, Vijor McCray, and Xavier Hill working closely for over the years, the organization has set out goals, accomplished new levels of artistry, and cultivated tremendous talent as a whole.
We would like to dedicate this show to the late Thomas Nelson and his art legacy.
Hannah Tran is a stage designer for live performance. Originally from Pomona, CA, she currently resides in New Haven, CT. She obtained a BA in Theatre from the University of California, Irvine and is currently a M.F.A. candidate at the Yale School of Drama, studying projection design.
Sam Skynner is a projection designer, lighting designer, video editor and animator. She is currently based in Toronto & New Haven. Sam is an MFA Design candidate at the Yale School of Drama. She has worked with Theater and Dance companies across Canada and the United States including Dancemakers, Baltimore Center Stage, Tarragon Theater, Against the Grain Theater, Two Spirit Productions and more.
NY-based drummer, composer, and educator Wen-Ting Wu is a musically diverse artist from Taiwan with a background ranging from jazz to contemporary music. Most recently, she has appeared at venues and concert halls including Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Minton’s Playhouse and Kupferberg Center for the Arts, among others.
Wen-Ting has also performed at festivals both nationally and internationally. Besides being a member in Frank Lacy’s Concert Jazz Ensemble currently, she has also shared the stage with artists such as Ed Cherry, Joel Frahm, Bertha Hope, Lonnie Plaxico, and Todd Coolman. In addition to the collaboration with many artists as a drummer, she also leads her own band presenting original music. In 2019, she was signed by the iconic jazz label Esp-disk to create a trio project under the name “Attitude!”. The trio released the album Pause & Effect in November 2021, which received rave reviews from JazzTimes and New York Jazz Record. Wen-Ting is endorsed by Canopus Drums.
Alicyn Yaffee is a New York City-based guitarist, vocalist and bassist, by way of Kelseyville, California. An artist of wide range and depth, she earned her BM in Jazz Studies, with a Double Major of Guitar and Vocals, at Cal State University in Sacramento. In the few years since the move to New York, she has toured the U.S. and Europe under her own name, as well as with Becca Stevens, Grammy-nominee JC Hopkins’ Biggish Band, award winning singer Allan Harris, and bassist Benny Rietveld (Santana ); released her first solo album, “Someone Else”, featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Ronnie Foster, Jeff Cressman; and played numerous venues with her own groups and with a diverse range of jazz and rock artists, including guitarist Mark Whitfield, China Moses, Kat Rodriguez,Bria Skonberg, Shirazette Tinnin’s Sonic Wallpaper, 13th Law, Tiana Major9, Haitian singer Darlene Desca, Dawn Drake’s Zapote, and Indian progressive rock composer Anupam Shobhakar. Alicyn was featured in Classical Theater or Harlem’s remake of “The Bacchae” where she was performing with the actors onstage with a wireless guitar in Marcus Garvey Park. Alicyn has performed at many venues including; Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Birdland jazz club, Minton’s Playhouse, Bar lunAtico, Carnegie Hall, Little island main stage as well as many other notable venues.
She has opened for artists David Lindley and Masta ace, been a tour assistant to David Crosby, a music transcriptionist for blue note recording artists. She is currently working on her second solo album while getting her master’s degree from Rutgers University in jazz performance.