ARTIST, ENTREPRENUER, COMMUNITY BUILDER
Kenny Barrett is a co-owner of Phoenix General Store, voted “Best Clothing Store” in Phoenix since it opened in 2016. Barrett is also the Director of the Growhouse Urban Agriculture Center (2008-2021), a 501c3 nonprofit formed to activate empty, blighted, urban spaces with vibrant community-engaged gardens, public art, and events. He is the artist behind the Valley of the Sunflowers (2011), an urban agriculture project that activated a 2-acre, vacant, city block in downtown Phoenix and turned it into a field of sunflowers with the goal to go from ‘seed-to-engine’ in the production of sunflower biofuel with neighboring Bioscience High School student’s solar/biofuel-hybrid vehicle project. He was the Program Director for Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (2008-2013), a nonprofit organization focused on community revitalization through the arts in the internationally-recognized Roosevelt Row Arts District. During that time, he founded programs & events such as ARTS (Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space), Mural Match Program, RoRoMA (Roosevelt Row Merchants Association), Chile Pepper Fest, and now serves on the Board of Directors. He served as Project Manager for Handson Greater Phoenix (2014-2016) organizing large-scale volunteer-service & community revitalization events like Serve-A-Thon, Make a Difference Day, MLK Jr. Day of Service, 9/11 Service & Remembrance, custom corporate group projects, and managed a program in collaboration with Home Depot to rehabilitate the homes of United States veterans. He has co-written a handful of successful grants including an ArtPlace America and National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" award, in addition to grants from Intel & Keep Arizona Beautiful. He was named Community Cultivator in the Superheroes edition of ‘Best of Phoenix’ by the Phoenix New Times.
Barrett’s creative works focus on drawing, welding, installation, and public art & community interventions. He studied contemporary art at the Metafora International Workshop in Barcelona, Spain. He earned a bachelor of Science in Marketing & Advertising Management at the WP Carey School for Business at Arizona State University. Barrett is native to Phoenix, Arizona which is also where he currently lives, creates, and activates.