Artist Spotlight: Iva Brito

Iva Brito is a licensed social worker, holds a Master’s of Science degree in Education and finished her advanced graduate studies in Expressive Arts at Salve Regina University.

Before engaging in her entrepreneurship endeavors, she served as the inaugural Director of Bristol Community College Women’s Center. Most importantly, we know Iva as a consummate creative, who’s talents run the gamut of artistic expression.

“My life experiences as an immigrant in America with all the challenges and beauty that it represents have forged the women and the mission that I embrace today. Being qual-lingual has given me privileges and access to the disenfranchised women throughout the American diaspora. My experiences in serving through the arts and healing was optimized in establishing a Women Center in a college setting. My more than a decade of efforts led to the creation of IBC Inc.” say Iva.

A descendant of creative activist Cape Verdean women inspired her to launch Indigenous Business Collaborative Inc. IBC Inc. mission’s is based on Afro-Indigenous roots that use nature, the arts, and mindfulness to support and uplift women. They provide consulting to corporations, businesses, non-profit and other organizations. Presently, IBC Inc. is partnering with North Star Learning Centers to support mothers. Their programs helps children, youth and families realize their strengths and dreams. Iva brings her repertoire as an accomplished painter, author, poet, filmmaker, educator and social worker to boaster and augment the families and participant journey and self-development.

Through IBC Inc., Iva will direct retreats, workshops, ceremonies and seminars for women from all walks of life. Iva draws from her heritage to guide her work and her path. Artistic expression and spirituality is the tool she applies to lift up women, using art to help them connect with their true selves, their own gifts and the natural world around them. “I provide safe spaces for women to refill their cup so they’re better able to pour onto the people they love”.

“My mother taught me that we’re all a reflection of each other, and if someone’s crown is crooked, fix it!” says Iva.