Our founder, Akeera Peterkin is a therapist/social worker by day and an artisan by night. Akeera is also the founder of Amani Nia Therapeutic Services, a tri-state mental health practice that specializes in trauma and identity. Her therapeutic expertise is featured in New York Times, Teen Vogue, various podcasts, and more. Black Joy Creations was born from Akeera’s need for self care as she attempts to balance life, love, and labor.
Since toddler years, art was Akeera’s safe and brave space. Through the use of poetry, drawing, and painting she found restoration, hope, meaning, and power during some of life’s darkest challenges. Today Akeera primarily channels her creativity through wood—a pure natural escape. Black Joy Creations offers beginners woodworking classes at a community Makerspace in New Haven, CT and unique handcrafted materials sold online/ in stores.
In the future, Akeera envisions combining her two loves—therapy and art—into a therapeutic studio where participants can hand build and self create their own healing, joy, and empowerment. In the meantime, check out our offerings and stay tuned for our next adventure.