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Aukram Burton is educator, media producer and equity and inclusion specialist. As a facilitator and consultant, Aukram has worked with educators and presented to audiences locally, nationally, and internationally in Brazil, China, Cuba, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and countless places throughout the United States. He has conducted workshops, keynote addresses, and conference presentations addressing themes and topics related to his multimedia productions about the various countries he has traveled around the world.
Aukram has been a consultant on projects that involved the development of systemic professional development, multicultural education curricula transformation, cultural competence leadership development and media production.
His educational background includes studies at the New England School of Photography. He received his B.A in Art with a concentration in African and Asian Studies, and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He was awarded a research fellowship from the Community Fellows Program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focused on media literacy education in community development and education in Boston's African-American community. He received a Certificate for Advanced Graduate Studies in the Center for International Education, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Aukram’s professional activity as a photographer and film/video producer has taken him around the globe where he has been involved in many cultural and educational video productions and photography exhibits. He is an award winning producer of the video, More Than Meets The Eye, a dramatic illustration of subtle individual behaviors and unwritten institutional policies, which inhibit communication across cultures and impede effective delivery of services in the workplace. The video received the 1991 Crystal Award of the National American Scene Awards, sponsored by the American Federation of Television, and Radio Artists.
Aukram was inducted in the Outstanding Young Men of America, for his professional achievements, superior leadership abilities, and exceptional service to community. Aukram is the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, an award that placed him on the 1999 Keepers of the Dream Honor Roll, in Charlotte, North Carolina for continuing to promote the ideals and principles of Dr. King’s struggle for equality and justice for all. While living in Boston, Massachusetts, Aukram received special recognition from the Mayor of Boston for his outstanding contributions as an artist and cultural worker to the city of Boston and its residents. He was awarded the 2012 G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator Award during the twenty-second annual National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) conference in Philadelphia. The award recognizes Aukram’s work and contributions in the field of multicultural education for more than 30 years.
Journeys through the African Diaspora, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (One-man photography exhibition)
18th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
16th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
17th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
13th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
14th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
10th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
9th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
12th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
Glimpses of the Middle Kingdom, Bunker Hill Community College Gallery, Boston, MA (One-man photographic exhibition)
Glimpses of the Middle Kingdom, Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists, Boston, MA, (One-man photographic exhibition)
Images From Nigeria, Cone Center Gallery, University of North Carolina, Charlotte,
(One-man photographic exhibition)
19th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
The Boston Collective Art Exchange Exhibit, Guangzhou Fine Arts Academy, Guangzhou, China (Group Exhibition)
From the Inside, at the Artist Gallery, Buffalo, NY (Group Exhibition)
11th African American Exhibition, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Juried Group Show)
The DECASA Gallery (a video short about the Center of Decorations, Culture and Arts in Senegal and Africa, known as DECASA).
Teaching About Climate Change (a video about the Lincoln Foundation’s Math and Science Summer Institute on U of L campus. The video documents the role UofL honors students’ work with JCPS students in the summer institute to improve their knowledge of science and math while learning about Global Warming.
"More Than Meets The Eye" (A dramatic videotape designed for diversity training in the City of Boston. Recipient of the 1991 Crystal Award of the National American Scene Awards)
Producer & Scriptwriter, 1987
Glimpses of the Middle Kingdom, (A videotape about the Peoples Republic of China, produced for the 1987 "Memphis in May International Festival.”)
Rainbow In China, (A short movie about a 1983 visit to China.)
Rhumba Sabado, (A short movie about a visit to the Conjunto de Folklorico in Havana, Cuba.)
Awards and Recognitions
Aukram has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work as an educator, photographer and moviemaker over the years, include the following awards and recognitions:
Drumbeats for Justice, Peace and Righteousness: A Tribute to the Photographic work of Aukram Burton, during the Kentucky Center for the Art’s 2013 Keepers of the Dream Community Arts Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Vision.
Recipient of the G. Pritchy Smith National Multicultural Educator’s Award, at the twenty-second annual National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) conference in Philadelphia, PA
Molly Leonard Community Service Award, recognized by District 5 Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton for the important role in preserving and recording the Louisville’s social, cultural and civic history through my photography and videography.
Recipient of the 2005 Brown Forman Purchase Award in the 11th Annual African American Juried Art Exhibition at Actors Theatre Louisville.
Regional Artists Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, NC
Recognized for inspiring display of creativity and talent as co-moderator and presenter at the American Film Festival celebrating African and African-American Film/Video history in Hong Kong, China sponsored by the Hong Kong Arts Center.
Recipient of the1991 Crystal Award of the National American Scene Awards, sponsored by the American Federation of Television, and Radio Artists, as the producer of "More Than Meets The Eye". The video is a dramatic illustration of subtle individual behaviors and unwritten institutional policies, which inhibit communication across cultures and impede effective delivery of services.
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Here is a selection of tear sheets of Aukram's work in print over the past thirty years.
Louisville Urban League, 2005 Annual Report
Community Pride Magazine, Charlotte, NC March 1999
Vested, a publication Charlotte Convention & Tourist Bureau, 1999
African World Magazine, The Forum of People of African Descent, December 1993
US-China Review, Summer 1998
China Reconstruct Magazine (North America Edition) December 1987
US-China Review, January 1986
Primary Colors, a Massachusetts Directory for Artists of Color, 1985
US-China Review, March 1985
Darkroom, A Magazine for Creative Photographers, 1985
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