about Sandra M. Bell

Ms. Sandra M. Bell  Visual Arts instructor who is a 3rd generation carnival costume designer of the artistic Morris family of Belmont, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies. She was trained by the late metal master, costume designer & innovator Ken Morris, considered to be one of Trinidad’s national treasures. Ms. Bell also has a BA in Art Administration, from New York University and certificates in film & video production.

I believe in the marriage of art, social consciousness & connection with my audience.  This marriage was developed in my upbringing with my artistic family in Trinidad & Tobago.The mixture of artist & art administrating is something I witnessed in my artistic family, they all had jobs in addition to their artwork. Hence, my ability to easily move between creative & art administrative work.  My goal is always to find a way to afford to bring art out into the street where everyday  people go about their lives. Art for me is life and not apart from life.

Carnival Costume Designer

Specialty: Arts & Education classes, workshops, costume design for carnival bands, reproductions of African masquerades and their elements

Aim: To stimulate interest and creativity in the African/European tradition of masquerade& carnival through historical edutainment, hands-on-activity, visual &audio presentations depending on length of program.

“Mama Don’t ‘low”-Masquerade New Orleans style, “Samba A Go Go” – Masquerade Brazilian Style, “Vamos A Puerto Rico” – Masquerade of Puerto Rico


Experience: Yaffa Cultural Arts, Inc-Arts & Education Agency, PS:129, 30/31, 36, 200, PS.305,
4 schools in District 5, PS.156Q, 132 Queens,IS 20, Pathways for Youth-Bronx, 5 sites in District 23 Brooklyn, Stockholm Residence, PS.189 Manhattan, Children’s Art Carnival, Caribbean Cultural Center Riverbank State Park, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, Community Works, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Am Museum of Natural History many & various public schools & community centers.

Awards & Grants: Harlem Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Community Grant, Rush Philanthropic Foundation Grant, Zora Neale Hurston Community & Culture Award, NJPAC Kwanzaa Festival & Marketplace Appreciation Award, Los Pleneros de la 21 Appreciation Award, City of New York-City Council Citation for Best Teaching Artist, Natural Expression Pagwah Band Recognition Award, NYFA Fellow, Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Council on the Arts, Change Inc, Arts Int’l, Derek Jeter Arts Award, MUGAMA, Inc.


Additional Production Work

Production Stage Manager – Charles Reese in James Baldwin’s “A Soul On Fire”- Present

Manager/Advisor – Awa Sangho – Musician, teaching Artist & Vocalist – Present

Official Judge & Advisor for Belize Carnival Committee – Belize National Cultural Council – Present

Production Stage Manager – International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY- Present

Production Stage Manager – Something Positive Dance Theatre, Inc – Present

Stage Manager                       – Fort Greene Juneteenth Festival- Present

Stage Manager                      – Pure Elements Dance Company -2011

Stage Manager                      – Harlem Arts Alliance Arts Festival -2010

                                                  -Making Music New York Series – 2010

Producer/StgMgr                   – Apollo Theatre Music Café 2010

Independent Producer          – New Jersey Performing Arts Centre –Caribbean Presentations -2004-2010

Independent Producer          – Apollo Theatre –TikenJahFakoly -2012

Production Stage Mgr         – Pickney Productions –Present

Production Stage Mgr         – American Museum for Natural History -2001 – 2008 Kwanzaa/Black History

Production StageMgr          – Festival Productions –JVC Jazz -1996 – 2008

Special Funeral Coordinator – Malika Leigh Whitney’s Mom, Helen Thomas’s Mom, Cheryl Byron,

                                                 Hudson Phillip-Fashion Designer, Barbara Ann Teer, Montego Joe & others

Founder & Director             – Journeyagents, Inc – Special Events &Production, Booking Agency