Valena Dismukes

Artist’s Biography

Valena Broussard Dismukes, of African, Choctaw, and European heritage, is a Los Angeles based photojournalist with a special interest in portrait, travel, and street photography. She serviced as a teacher, department head, and mentor teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District
Dismukes has lectured at several institutions on the topic of Black Indians and is a member of Neskinukat, a California Native American Artists Network. For ten years, she was a volunteer at Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center in the Angeles National Forest, and currently volunteers with the Love the City Thrift Shop, and the Southeast Symphony. She serves on the board of the Friends of the William Grant Still Art Center and is treasurer of the American Indian Scholarship of Southern California.