Crittenton's 2019 Beacon Award Honorees

tracie jenkinsTracie Jade Jenkins
Executive Director
Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation


Tracie Jenkins is a native Washingtonian and alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of Arts’ Theatre Department. Upon graduating, she moved to New York to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Immediately following, she received an opportunity to travel to London to begin her career as a professional actress. She returned to New York to perform on stage, film and tele- vision where she landed recurring roles on such shows as NBC’s Law and Order. She made her way back to DC and discovered her passion for arts education where she served as a teacher, Principal and Dean of Arts over the course of seventeen years at her alma mater. Ms. Jenkins founded a nonprofit organization, the Art Creates Life Institute of Leadership and Cultural Development in 2006. The program offers training for young people to use the arts as a vehicle to address social issues that plague humanity.

She is currently the Executive Director of The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Actress, Taraji P. Henson. It’s mission is to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health in the African-American community. Ms. Jenkins is also studying to obtain her teacher’s certification and licensure in Mindfulness Training and scheduled to open The Watermelon Group - Cultivating Healing Art and Creative Enterprise (2021).