FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an artist and activist collective. Staff collective members include:
Tyde-Courtney Edwards, Director of Development. Tyde-Courtney (she/her) is the Founding Director of Ballet After Dark, a classically trained ballerina, art model and survivor of sexual assault.
Born and raised in Baltimore City, she is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and has over 20 years of dance training and experience. Trained in various styles of dance including classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip-hop, she conceptualized Ballet After Dark after struggling with recovery following her own sexual assault. Catch her Queen Latifah produced film, Ballet After Dark, streaming exclusively on Hulu today!
Mora Fernández, Director of Operations. Mora (she/her) is an artivist, consultant, speaker and sexual and domestic violence advocate. As a survivor of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation on her childhood, she has dedicated her personal and professional life to advocate for children, women, indigenous communities and undocumented immigrants. Mora has worked hard to give voice to victims by using her leadership position and her testimony as a survivor to break the silence of this silent epidemic. Mora is the Founder and CEO of La Casa Mandarina AC (LCM) an independent non-profit organization based in Mexico City devoted to end sexual violence through ARTivism. In 2018, she received the Honorable Mention of the Hermila Galindo Prize 2018 awarded by the Mexico City Human Rights Commission (CDHCDMX) to her outstanding work and career in favor of the human rights of women and girls in Mexico. In 2014, she was awarded in New York and India for her for her work in sexual violence prevention against women and children. Mora is also an extremely passionate traveler, an amateur sculptor and an excellent dancer born in Mexico City but a citizen of the world. She love coffee, trees and butterflies, watch soccer and play domino. She is a fan of Mafalda and The Little Prince. Her dream is to travel around Mexico riding in 1970 Kombi, listening to Janis Joplin, Bebe and Café Tacuba with Diego, her ingenious nephew; Paula, her creative niece and Justino José (her kooky little service dog). Mora is obsessed with maps.
Shanti Flagg, Director of Art. Shanti (she/her) is an Indian lesbian artist and musician. She grew up in Portland, Maine. She studied Studio Art at NYU with a concentration in drawing and received her BFA in 2014. She currently lives in Baltimore and is a Collective Member and the Studio Director at FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. Her main role at FORCE has been teaching hundreds of volunteers to sew to create the Monument Quilt, a collection of stories by survivors of rape and abuse that are installed publicly to demand community healing space. As an artist, she works primarily in painting, photography, and performance. Her art deals with the physical realities of women and alternative histories/futures. She plays the drums in her Baltimore-based band.