Tuere Jones

Executive Director

Mama, daughter, sister, auntie, community- organizer/activist, educator, public speaker, writer, author, and spoken word artist who flows with positive energy, passion, and fervency of a true New Orleanian, Tuere is recognized internationally as a powerful voice for and doer of justice, equality, and equity. Infusing activism, art, and education, Tuere has been involved with various organizations around the world with her concentration being our youth, the prison and educational industrial complexes, and political prisoners.


Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Co-Founder

Kelsey is a multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator. She has exhibited her work nationally and abroad. In addition to her work with BAR NONE, she works at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans. Kelsey holds a Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin College in Studio Art and Africana Studies. 



Director of Youth Programs

Hailing from Oakland, CA, Mike is an advocate, teacher, mentor and musician with a passion for giving back to urban communities and creating meaningful criminal justice reform. Well-versed in non-profit development and coordination, his work includes the co-founding of IOU, an incubator for college students interested in giving back to their communities, and establishing The Beat Within in New Orleans, through which he runs a number of weekly writing and art workshops in local juvenile halls. Mike holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans in Urban Studies and Planning. 


sheila phipps

Director of Artist Residency Program

Visual artist, activist, and native New Orleanian Sheila Phipps became interested in drawing and painting at a very early age. Her work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S. Sheila also served as the Vice President of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Conference of Artists for five years. Apart from her professional work as an artist, Phipps also uses her passion as a method of activism. She currently has an ongoing exhibition entitled, The Injustice Exhibition, a series of portraits which profiles the stories of wrongfully accused prisoners. Phipps was inspired by her own personal experience with her son, former No Limit Records recording artist, McKinley "Mac" Phipps, Jr., who is currently serving thirty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. This exhibition is ongoing and part of a traveling exhibition entitled the States of Incarceration which launched in New York City in 2016 at the New School. Sheila is BAR NONE's first-ever Artist-in-Residence. While in residency, she has created "Steps to Freedom," a body of work and series of workshops. Participants in these workshops paint shoes to symbolize their own steps to freedom.


sunni patterson


More than a poet, more than a singer, more than an emcee -- it's not just what she says, but how she says it. Emerging from the musical womb that is New Orleans, mother, wife, artist, and visionary, Sunni Patterson, combines the heritage and tradition of her Native town with an enlightened modern world view to create music and poetry that is timeless in its groove. After performing at BAR NONE's Benefit concert, Sunni became BAR NONE's first-ever Ambassador. Having been directly impacted by the criminal justice system as an activist and youth advocate, Sunni understands the importance of lending her voice to reducing recidivism and putting an end of mass incarceration. Sunni holds a B.A. in English from Tuskegee University. We are humbled to have her serve with us in this capacity!