Aiyana Sol Machado
Aiyana Sol Machado is a multi-talented, multi-cultural visionary dedicated to the liberation and healing of people and communities for nearly 20 years. She is an organizer, artist, scholar-activist, researcher, mother, partner, sister, daughter, community member, birthworker and lover of life!
Aiyana Sol began as an inner city dance instructor on the East Coast and in the Twin Cities, modeling and encouraging the use of the arts for liberation and activism. She studied Social Science at Metropolitan State University while also grant-writing, directing, and assessing youth programs in the Twin Cities. She has managed political campaigns and served as a board member for non-profit organizations. Aiyana Sol inspires integrity in diversity and positive educational outcomes through evidence-based approaches in youth, human, and program development.
As a Boricua of Caribbean diaspora heritage and trained dancer-choreographer, Aiyana Sol explores the organic historical convergence of the Indigenous Taino, African, and Spanish of Boriken (Puerto Rico). Currently she is the Partner and Community Liaison of John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary, founder of Karaya Guey, and a Collective artist member of Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center.