Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby Artist Grant Recipient

Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby Artist Grant Recipient

Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown

Nicoletta is a performance artist, interdisciplinary fabricator, producer, speaker, mother of four, filmmaker, self-love champion, and unicorn. She is Black Latinx; proud to be a first-generation Panamanian born in the United States. She is a chamána (shaman) and comes from a long line of healers. Her work reconceives the life of an artist as thriving, nourishing herself and others during and through her creative practice. Nicoletta is adjunct faculty in the MFA in Community Arts Graduate Program at MICA, and former Visual Art Department faculty member at Baltimore School for the Arts. She is the founder of Vida Mágica Love, a creative platform dedicated to healing-centered services. She produces audience participatory engagements through interactive workshops, immersive activations, and multi-sensory experiences.


Nicoletta puts energy into developing works that communicate to others about the beauty of existence. Her work is about light, connection, community, healing, and self-love. She fabricates sculptural installations that are meant to communicate introspection. Her vessel is both her canvas and the instrument she creates with. During her performances, she sculpts space with her body. She is motivated by the idea of the collective oneness; that all is interconnected. Art is not something that she does. Art is how she lives. Who she is. Works of art are handled with care. She loves herself gently, with kindness, and encourages others to do the same through her works of art.

Participant Experience Producer

Nicoletta works with an international team of talented passionate professionals with the collective goal of producing inspiring work. She collaborates with others to develop and deliver dynamic content. She produces experiential activations and large-scale events for diverse attendee populations, manages staff teams, facilitates positive guest experiences, and works to convey the authentic essence of each brand. She holds the stage with global experts, renowned thought leaders, and world-class talent. She takes time to make everyone in the space feel at ease while energizing the room with exuberance and enthusiasm. She ensures that everyone who enters enjoys their involvement and leaves feeling truly seen, heard, valued, and happy.