He has received grants and awards from the Mass Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, the OAS, the City of Boston and several private foundations.
Between 2012 and 2020, Cornell was the Afro-Latin drum specialist at the Hyde Square Task Force and an Artist-in-Residence with the City of Boston and with the Live Arts Boston Program of The Boston Foundation.
Among other events, he has created and produced a Women in Latin Jazz Series, featuring jazz giant Esperanza Spalding, a 2-event Afro-Latin "Soul" concert series and is producing a 2022 "Rhythm Recipes" BIPOC healing arts series.
Cornell wrote, produced, and performs in his own solo show,“A Fascinating Rhythm,” reaching over 450 libraries, schools and festivals.
Cornell Coley, M. Ed.
...to my Teachers in African Diaspora drum and dance and drum circle facilitation, including:
CK Ladzekpo (Ghana), Malonga Casque Lourdes (Congo), Conjunto Folklorico (Cuba), Diane Walker (tap) and Jose Lorenzo (Afro-Brazilian) and Deraldo Ferreira (Capoeira), Arthur Hull (drum circle facilitation) and HealthRhythms Co-Directors Dr. Barry Bittman and Christine Stevens (therapeutic drumming).
Watch Cornell's TEDx Talk
Drumming and the Brain
Event Producer & Teaching Artist
Education & Health
Cultural Studies, Drums and Dance