DeAnna Cummings joined McKnight in June 2020 as Barnaamijka farshaxanka director. Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, McKnight invests in the arts and other sectors to support the state’s working artists and advocate for the value of their work.

Cummings is a cofounder and served as the CEO of Farshaxanada isboortiga (JXTA), a social enterprise business in north Minneapolis that trains and employs historically underestimated youth as a springboard to higher education and careers in art and design. Established in 1995 as an after-school program in the North Side’s Sumner-Glenwood neighborhood, JXTA has become one of the most important cultural institutions in the Twin Cities.

Prior to cofounding JXTA, Cummings served as a program officer for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and as a senior administrator for the Council on Black Minnesotans, since renamed the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

Cummings wuxuu ka soo shaqeeyey guddiga aasaasiga ee Bush Foundation ilaa 2013. Iyadu waa 2016 Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal Haweenka Ganacsiga ayaa ka awardee iyo Halyeeyada Farshaxanka Minnesota ee 2013. Laga soo bilaabo 2016 illaa 2018, waxay ahayd Machadka DeVos Fellow ee barnaamijka xulashada xulashada ee maaraynta farshaxanka ee Jaamacadda Maryland, College Park. Waxay ka qaadatay shahaadada koowaad ee maamulka guud ee jaamacadda Harvard University waxayna ka baratay cilmiga bulshada iyo cilmu-nafsiga Jaamacadda Jaamacadda Minnesota.