U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, M.Ed

Award Winning Performance Artist/Author in Boston, Massachusetts

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, M.Ed

Award Winning Performance Artist/Author in Boston, Massachusetts

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My name is U-Meleni, which in my native Ndebele-Zulu tongue means, “What are we waiting for?” I can’t say that my passionate pursuit of life spanning art, education, and wellness is the result of my name,but it is a perfect fit.

My recent contribution to the greater artistic community will be in the form of a book. On April 19th, 2016, “Soul Psalms”,published by She Writes Press, will be available. I could tell you about it, but I will let the generous words of David Updike, author of Old Girlfriends, explain it for you:

"Her Soul Psalms are, indeed, psalms―also songs, poems, chants,passionate incantations in a fearless female voice―a voice at once strident, sometimes angry, but always passionate and tempered with optimism and the healing possibilities of love.”

In conjunction with art, I find engaging people within diverse and boundless environments to be rejuvenating.

By applying a holistic student approach, I have facilitated learning environments and encouraged others to grow within them. Applying creative art and “out of the box” methodologies in an appropriate and relevant way has been one of my strengths throughout my career and I am honored to have been recognized for my dedicated effort.

As an empathetic and culturally competent educator, I foster unprejudiced environments that are essential to learning. Reaching out and collaborating with others in areas of wellness has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and is an extension of my natural character. As co-founder of the Urban Run Project, which is a start-up initiative that seeks to add more diversity within long distance running in Boston, I have witnessed others experience the freedom that a healthy lifestyle affords.

Combining my experience gained through film, television, theatre, music, spoken word, writing and poetry with my technical education in student learning has led to multiple awards such as recognition for being a Multi-dimensional Teaching Artist.

Please feel free to connect with me if you have projects involving education, creative consulting, program/curriculum development, or even to discuss poetry,music and creative projects.

  • Education
    • Lesley University
    • UMASS Boston