Zakiyyah Sutton is an artist and scholar born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. After majoring in vocal music at Boston Arts Academy, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from Wellesley College. She then pursued her political ambitions by working in communications for City Councillor Tito Jackson and later Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins. Nonetheless, the arts remained a constant in her life. Zakiyyah furthered her vocal training at New England Conservatory and landed the lead role in the musical “This is Treatment” soon after. Her artistic and scholastic ambitions have carried her to Czech Republic, Thailand, South Africa, and Colombia, where she spent a year working with local artists in each country and engaging with local communities via community organizing and volunteering. As a product of an arts-infused education, Zakiyyah joins the Conservatory community in hopes of showing the world that institutions such as the Conservatory Lab provide students the tools they need to become well-rounded productive citizens, just as Boston Arts Academy did for her.