DéLana R.A. Dameron, founder

Columbia, South Carolina native, DéLana R.A. Dameron spent her early years at the feet of her elders—hailing from McDuffie County, Georgia and Horry County, South Carolina. Under her grandparents’ care, she learned to appreciate what the land gives. She watched and helped her grandparents turn their suburban Columbia backyard into a semi-rural oasis: garden, greenhouse, a room for daytime respite, a corner for bunnies, chickens, ducks, a bathtub fish pond and so on. It is this ingenuity that DéLana brings to Saloma’s rural oasis in Blythewood, SC.

DéLana enjoys storytelling, story listening, and believes in the power of community and convening. She is currently touring her debut fiction project REDWOOD COURT, a February 2024 Reese’s Book Club Pick.

Curtis Caesar John, Outdoor Media Center Manager

Curtis Caesar John sees cinema as the nexus for furthering our understanding of one another, even within our own cultures, and thus works tirelessly as an arts manager, advocate, and filmmaker.  He is the Founder and Executive Director of The Luminal Theater, a nomadic microcinema that defeats cinematic segregation by bringing Black independent films directly to Black communities, as well as to general audiences interested and invested in the Black cinematic voices.  As a filmmaker, Curtis’ work has been shown internationally at film festivals as well as on various streaming channels and countless universities and classrooms.