Chanelle Nicole Frazier is an urban planner and arts advocate that completed her master’s degree in Urban Planning & Environmental Planning at the Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, at Texas Southern University in 2020. Frazier’s approach to projects and research encourages consideration of diverse populations, but also the diverse socio-economic factors and experiences that influence accessibility, such as transportation, affordability, community health etc. A historian by nature, Frazier is fascinated with the ways the past informs the present, as well as the incorporation of local/vernacular knowledge and “the folks” into all phases of project work. Becoming active in the arts at the age of sixteen, she has always kept a pulse on what is happening in and around the city. Personal accounts of growing up in Southwest Houston and taking hour-long bus rides to the museum district, has rooted her navigation of daily life in the acknowledgement of the social impacts and choices individuals are faced with. Additionally, Frazier brings to the table years of experience as a grant writer, with the successful securing, managing, and reporting of nearly $20 million in grant funds (federal, state, local).
Frazier attended the University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art History with a minor in African-American studies. Locally, she has worked on projects with the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Emancipation Economic Development Council, Houston Parks Board, Museum of Fine Arts, and Real Inc. LLC. Internationally, she has worked with The African Artists’ Foundation (Nigeria), The National Museum of Ghana , and Palais des-Beaux Arts (Belgium).