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  • December 2020 Member Briefing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/15/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

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    December 2020 Member Briefing

    December 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

  • October 2020 Member Briefing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/20/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

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    October 2020 Member Briefing

    October 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Monthly Coffee Chats

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists.

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. 



    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.  

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  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Exchanging Art for Medicine to Catalyze Change in Healthcare

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/20/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for August 2020 will be about Healthcare for Artists

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    August 20th at 3:00 PM EDT

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for August 2020 will be about healthcare for artists.

    How can we empower underinsured artists and musicians to take control of their well being? 

    Organizers from O+ (pronounced O Positive) will share how they bring creatives and healthcare providers together in an exchange model that is holistic and honors everyone's talents.

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

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    Holly Kelly and Joe Concra

    Holly Kelly is O+'s Executive Director and represents the organization in a network of Kingston, NY-based nonprofits working in response to COVID-19. She previously worked for art and human service nonprofits and ran a couture millinery business. Holly has performed at O+ Kingston festival with her queer chorus.

    Joe Concra is a painter and co-founder of O+. He is forging partnerships that are working to revolutionize the future of care. 

    http://www.opositivefestival.org/

  • 2020 Member Briefings

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

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    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

    Topics will be announced approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled briefing.

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

    January 2020

    Topic: Membership in the Year Ahead

    Date: January 21, 2020

    February 2020

    Topic: The Arts Education Network Council

    Date: February 18, 2020

    April 2020

    Topic: Gathering Insight into the PAN Year In Review

    Date: April 21, 2020

    July 2020

    Date: July 21, 2020

    October 2020

    Date: October 20, 2020

    December 2020

    Date: December 15, 2020

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Webinar Series

    Contains 10 Product(s)

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.

    About this Series

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.


    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • DIAL.studio | Utilizing Community to Achieve Creative Revitalization

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/31/2020

    ThirdSpace Action Lab is a POC-led organization created to disrupt the vicious cycle of disinvestment and displacement that negatively impacts the vitality of low-income communities of color, specifically in the Cleveland Metro Area. It is a grassroots research, strategy, and design cooperative, dedicated to prototyping creative place-based solutions to complex socioeconomic problems. ThirdSpace has centered their work in racial equity and inclusion, and work to involve the community in the revitalization process. They are key contributors to the development of the Glenville Arts Campus, and aim to provide spaces for communities of color to unify and take action. This session will highlight the importance of community building and activation and allow participants to explore the various aspects of this work and where it can be utilized in their own regions.

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    About this Webinar

    July 31, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    ThirdSpace Action Lab is a POC-led organization created to disrupt the vicious cycle of disinvestment and displacement that negatively impacts the vitality of low-income communities of color, specifically in the Cleveland Metro Area. It is a grassroots research, strategy, and design cooperative, dedicated to prototyping creative place-based solutions to complex socioeconomic problems. ThirdSpace has centered their work in racial equity and inclusion, and work to involve the community in the revitalization process. They are key contributors to the development of the Glenville Arts Campus, and aim to provide spaces for communities of color to unify and take action. This session will highlight the importance of community building and activation and allow participants to explore the various aspects of this work and where it can be utilized in their own regions.

    Participants will learn about:

    • An example of how a POC-led institution can make tangible change within its community
    • Insight into how organizations and organizers can use creative thinking strategies to uplift and heal their communities
    • Understanding the challenges that arise when working to revitalize a community that is on its pathway to gentrification

    This session is a part of the DIAL.studio | Professional Development Series and is free for all who register. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

    Please note that while this session is free and open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.


    This program is made possible by support from ConEdison, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Kutya Major Foundation, and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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    Evelyn Burnett

    Co-founder and Partner, ThirdSpace Action Lab

    Evelyn Burnett is a co-founder and partner of the ThirdSpace Action Lab and Third Space Café. Prior to this exciting venture, Evelyn served as Vice President, Economic Opportunity at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress an intermediary whose mission is to foster communities of choice and opportunity throughout Cleveland. Prior to joining CNP, Evelyn served as Associate Director for Program Strategies with Admiral Center at Living Cities, project director in the city of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, and as a 2007-2008 Cleveland Executive (Coro) Fellow. Evelyn is a 2018 German Marshall Fellow and sits on the board of several organizations throughout Northeast Ohio and nationally including ioby (In Our Back Yards), Credit Builders Alliance, Teach for America, Birthing Beautiful Communities, Dance Cleveland, Walsh University School of Business and CTMDreams. Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Organizational Communications & Public Relations with a double minor in Sales & Marketing and Dance from The University of Akron during which time she studied abroad in Ghana, Africa; and a master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Akron.

    Website: https://3rdspaceactionlab.co/

    Twitter: @evburnett

    Mordecai Cargill

    Co-founder and Partner, ThirdSpace Action Lab

    Mordecai Cargill is a co-founder and partner of the ThirdSpace Action Lab and Third Space Café.  Prior to starting this exciting venture, Mordecai served as the Director of Strategy, Research & Impact at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP), a community development funding intermediary committed to fostering inclusive neighborhoods of choice and opportunity throughout the city of Cleveland. Mordecai provides oversight and analysis for the implementation of the Cleveland Neighborhood Progress 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, focused primarily on 3 key areas of activity: Program Design and Evaluation; Research and Thought Leadership; and Partnership and Resource Development. Since joining Team CNP in 2014 as Manager of Fund Development, Mordecai’s responsibilities have included project management for strategic initiatives such as an Organizational Assessment (2014), and the planning process for the 2017-2021 Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Strategic Plan (2016). He also contributes to CNP’s emerging Policy, Advocacy & Research body of work, and co-leads the organization’s efforts to elevate racial equity and inclusion as a citywide community development priority. Mordecai earned his BA in African American Studies from Yale University, with a concentration on Black Culture in the 20th Century. He was awarded the William Pickens Prize for his Senior Thesis entitled, “The Black Arts Iconography of John Coltrane

    Websitehttps://3rdspaceactionlab.co/

    Twitter: @MCargill28

  • DIAL.studio | Professional Development Series

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    The DIAL.studio six-part professional development series was created to support college students and emerging leaders who want to increase their knowledge of arts administration through a cultural equity lens. This series will be hosted through the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) program, a summer internship specifically for undergraduate students traditionally underrepresented in the arts management field. As the program shifted from an in-person internship to a virtual experience, coordinators of DIAL wanted to open up the valuable content and information out to the field. As named, the “studio” will allow participants to gain new knowledge from arts leaders, peers, and colleagues, while creating space to practice their own skills and encourage creative thought.

    About this series

    The DIAL.studio six-part professional development series was created to support college students and emerging leaders who want to increase their knowledge of arts administration through a cultural equity lens. This series will be hosted through the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) program, a summer internship specifically for undergraduate students traditionally underrepresented in the arts management field. As the program shifted from an in-person internship to a virtual experience, coordinators of DIAL wanted to open up the valuable content and information out to the field. 

    As named, the “studio” will allow participants to gain new knowledge from arts leaders, peers, and colleagues, while creating space to practice their own skills and encourage creative thought.

    Participants of this series will:

    • Engage college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders in conversations about diversityequityinclusion, and belonging in the arts field
    • Provide opportunities for diverse future arts leaders to gain a better understanding of how to navigate and succeed in the arts field.
    • Support arts administrators from historically and currently underrepresented communities in accessing professional development programming with practical tools to help advance their career pathways 
    • Create space for participants to learn more about the field through discussions with artists, arts administrators, and community organizers whose focuses lay in cultural equity.

    This program is free for all who register. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

    This program is made possible by support from ConEdison, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Kutya Major Foundation, and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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  • Supporting Individual Artists: Artist Residencies

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/29/2020

    Explore the world of artist-in-residence communities and ways in which they support individual artists. There are more than 400 residency programs in the U.S. and 1,500 residency programs worldwide. These programs recognize creative process and the exploration of new ideas as essential to human progress.

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    About this Webinar

    July 29th at 3:00 PM EDT

    Explore the world of artist-in-residence communities and ways in which they support individual artists. There are more than 400 residency programs in the U.S. and 1,500 residency programs worldwide. These programs recognize creative process and the exploration of new ideas as essential to human progress.

    In this session, you will learn:

    • The benefits of residencies for individual artists as shown through artist experiences, including how residencies add credibility to your professional practice.
    • How to educate yourself and artists about residency opportunities, and how to research, apply to and especially, find the best match for your practice.
    • Processes for building criteria for selecting artist-in-residence participants.
    • The impact of making treasured friendships and building lifelong networks through residencies.

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Nancy Lowden Norman

    Executive Director, Atlantic Center for the Arts

    Nancy Lowden Norman leads the vision of one of the top nonprofit artists' communities in the world, with input from stakeholders, including its Trustees, national artistic advisory board, artists, members, and the community at large. Founded by Doris Leeper in 1977, Atlantic Center for the Arts is an interdisciplinary artist-in-residence community located on 68 pristine acres in New Smyrna Beach, FL.  The program’s hallmark is mentorship offered by distinguished contemporary artists – Pulitzer-Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, Grammy-Award winners – during a three-week residency with 24 emerging and mid-career artists. Nancy oversees daily operations, and artistic and fiscal management, and is responsible for a premier residency program. She is also in charge of the management of Arts on Douglas Fine Arts & Collectibles Gallery, representing 50 Florida artists, and diverse programs engaging the community through arts education and multigenerational events in Arts & Wellness. Through her 24-year tenure, 13 years in an executive position, she has also experienced more than 125 residencies as part of its Artists-in-Residence Program. 

    An advocate for Atlantic Center for the Arts and the field of Artists’ Communities nationwide, Nancy completed the Certificate in Philanthropic Fundraising from Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center, Winter Park, FL, and the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. She received an MS in Mass Communication from San Diego State University, a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida, and is on the Board of the Volusia County Cultural Alliance. She has presented at conferences including, THE CREATIVE AGE, Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging held in Washington DC, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and the Alliance of Artist Communities, among many others. She is also the editor of Doris Leeper: Legacy of a Visionary, a book published by the Florida Historical Society in 2017.  

    Website: www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org

    Follow Atlantic Center for the Arts on Social Media:

    Facebook | YouTube | Instagram | Twitter

    Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

    Interdisciplinary Visual and Performance Artist

    Born 1973, Bronx, New York, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz is a nationally and internationally recognized, award winning interdisciplinary visual and performance artist. Honors include: Art and History Museum Maitland 2019-20 Artists in Action awardee, UCF 2018 Woman of Distinction Award, UCF LIFE award, 2018 Research Incentive Award, 2017 UCF Luminary Award; 2016 Franklin Furnace Grant for performance;  2016 United States Artist Fellow nominee; UCF’s 2016 Woman Making History honoree; 2016 Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition semifinalist, 2015 Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art finalist; 2013 Creative Capital “On Our Radar” honorable mention; 2011 UCF Keeper of the Creed Award in Creativity.

    Raimundi-Ortiz was class of 2008 Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Art Ralph Bunche Fellow; AAS 1998 Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture alum, 2002. Selected exhibitions include The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando Museum of Art 2015, Identify: Performance as Portraiture series, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery 2017, Project 35: Last Call, Garage Museum, Moscow, Russia, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain 2010, American Chambers, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwong City, South Korea 2011, Performa 05 biennial, Artist Space, NY; The S Files 05 and Artist in the Marketplace 25, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Gallery @ Hostos; The L Factor, Exit Art, New York. 

    Collections include: The Cornell Fine Art Museum at Rollins College, The Orlando Museum of Art, FL, El Museo del Barrio, NY, Jersey City Museum of Art, NJ, Dr. Robert Feldman, and numerous private collections. She is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida.

    Website: www.raimundiart.com

    Instagram: @Wanda_Raimundi

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WepaWoman

    Lexa Walsh

    Artist, Cultural Worker and Experience Maker

    Lexa Walsh is an artist, cultural worker and experience maker based in Oakland, CA. She employs social engagement, radical hospitality, performance, sculpture, installation, text and institutional critique in her projects, objects, and exhibitions. Her works become places for conversation, storytelling, collecting and classifying, and address subjects such as labor, power, and value.  

    Walsh is a graduate of Portland State University’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was Social Practice Artist in Residence in Portland Art Museum’s Education department. She was a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, the Gunk Grant, the de Young Artist Fellowship, and Kala’s Print Public Residency Award. Walsh has participated in projects, exhibitions, and performances locally at the de Young, di Rosa, Exploratorium, Kala, Oakland Museum of California, NIAD, SFMOMA, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  She has shown nationally at Apexart, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Portland Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Walker Art Center, Williams College Museum of Art, and has participated in several international artist residencies, tours, and projects in Europe and Taiwan.

    Her upbringing as the youngest child of fifteen informs her work, as does practicing collectivity while coming of age in the Bay Area post-punk cultural scene of the 1990’s.  She founded the experimental music and performance venue the Heinz Afterworld Lounge, worked for many years as a curator and administrator at CESTA, an international art center in Czech republic, whose team created radical curatorial projects to foster cross-cultural understanding. Walsh co-founded and conceived of the all-women, all-toy instrument ensemble Toychestra. She founded and organizes Oakland Stock, the Oakland branch of the Sunday Soup network micro-granting dinner series that supports artists’ projects, and the Bay Area Contemporary Arts Archive. She has been Culinary Artist in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts since 2014.

    Website: www.lexawalsh.com

    Nancy Lowden Norman, Atlantic Center for the Arts Executive Director: nlowden@atlanticcenterforthearts.org

    Atlantic Center for the Arts: www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org

    Alliance of Artist Communities: https://www.artistcommunities.org/


    Ms. Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Associate Professor in Studio Art, Affiliate Faculty in Graduate Studies, Women's and Gender Studies

    UCF Luminary Awardee, UCF School of Visual Art & Design - College of Arts & Humanities

    email: wanda.raimundi-ortiz@ucf.edu

    webpage: www.raimundiart.com

    Recent Research: Exodus|Pilgrimage

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25cuxybVwVQ

  • DIAL.studio | Self Advocacy and Self Care for Artists and Arts Administrators of Color

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/24/2020

    For many pre-career and emerging leaders of color, there is constant pressure to prove oneself, focus on the product rather than process, and “fit in” to a culture that may not be their own. Many struggle with creating space for themselves, feeling comfortable advocating for their wants and needs, and supporting their own communities. This session explores the topic of self-care and self-advocacy through a panel discussion with music educator and consultant, Calida Jones, and New York City Ballet principal dancer, Georgina Pazcoguin. Through this discussion, participants will explore Calida’s and Georgina’s pathways towards success and growth, and how their groundbreaking stories inspire the people around them.

    imageAbout this Webinar

    For many pre-career and emerging leaders of color, there is constant pressure to prove oneself, focus on the product rather than process, and “fit in” to a culture that may not be their own. Many struggle with creating space for themselves, feeling comfortable advocating for their wants and needs, and supporting their own communities. This session explores the topic of self-care and self-advocacy through a panel discussion with music educator and consultant, Calida Jones, and New York City Ballet principal dancer, Georgina Pazcoguin. Through this discussion, participants will explore Calida’s and Georgina’s pathways towards success and growth, and how their groundbreaking stories inspire the people around them.

    Participants will walk away with:

    • Insight into how to advocate for oneself as a member of the non-dominant group within the arts field
    • Tools on how to navigate white-led institutions and find community as an emerging and/or prospective arts leader of color
    • Critical discussion topics on how participants can create change within their environments, communities, and organizations.

    This session is a part of the DIAL.studio | Professional Development Series and is free for all who register. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

    Please note that while this session is free and open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.


    This program is made possible by support from ConEdison, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Kutya Major Foundation, and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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    Calida Jones

    Assistant Director of Education and Engagement, Hartt School

    Calida Jones began studying the piano at the age of 3 while attending Nursery School, and switched to violin at the age of 6 when she entered Thomas G. Pullen Performing Arts School in Landover, Maryland. Currently, Calida is the Assistant Director of Education & Engagement at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. She also serves as Program Director for Music Matters, and the Conductor of the Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra in conjunction with the Charter Oak Culture Center. Prior to those roles, Calida was appointed Director of Development and Advocacy for the El Sistema inspired program PROJECT MUSIC from 2018-2019. In 2012, Calida was hired by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra to design and implement the El Sistema inspired program “Bravo Waterbury!” (Bravo). She continued her work in Waterbury until August of 2018. She continues to consult with organizations all over the country. An accomplished musician, social justice advocate and educator, Calida’s work has taken her all over the world teaching and performing. Calida is passionate about intentional purposeful teaching and community engagement. Her personal mission is to ensure that children who have limited resources also have access to musical opportunities and activities. She knows that this type of musical exposure and education will benefit them and build their confidence which will catapult them to successful careers, regardless of the career path. She is committed to correlating the art of teaching to life skills, and community building. Calida has had the privilege of speaking multiple times at the prestigious Yale School of Music, Duke University, Ravinia, The Connecticut State Capitol, The Hartt School of Music, and was a Tedx speaker in San Jose, CA. Most recently, Calida has consulted with Sphinx Organization, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Utah Cultural Alliance, and a host of other organizations. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Bachelors of Fine Arts in Violin Performance), she received her Masters in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from The Hartt School of Music. Calida is honored and humbled to have received awards, and honors during her career including a scholar fellowship at the Aspen Festival of Ideas, The Elizabeth Mahaffey Fellowship, a Grammy nomination for the Music Educator Excellence Award, the Father Thomas H. Dwyer Humanitarian Award for her work in Waterbury, Connecticut, and the 2018 CT Arts Hero Award in Waterbury CT. Calida serves on the Board of The Hartt School of Music, El Sistema USA (Board Clerk), and chairs the Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee; she also serves on the board of the Connecticut Arts Alliance.

    Website: www.cnjassociates.com

    Georgina Pazcoguin

    Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

    Co-founder of diversity initiative “Final Bow For Yellowface” Georgina "The Rogue Ballerina" is breaking glass ceilings in the world of Ballet. Celebrating a 18 year career with world renown New York City Ballet, she aims to be named the company's first female Asian American Principal dancer. A steadily rising star, she is an ambassador of her art form across the platforms of Ballet, Broadway, and Film. Known as the "The Rogue Ballerina" she empowers those not fitting the "balletic ideal stereotype" with her story of success and rise through the ranks of NYCB. She most recently can be seen on stage at David H. Koch Theater and on TV in the hit Fosse/Verdon tv series. In addition to her many credits including award winning film “New York Export Opus Jazz”, Ivy in the revival of “On the Town” and originating the role of Victoria in the 2016 revival of “Cats”, Georgina is a passionate activist for foundations Orphan Starfish, Arteamor, using ballet as a universal language tool raising awareness and impacting social change.

    Website: GeorginaPazcoguin.com     

    Instagram: @Georgina_Pazco