Creative Conversation: Gina Rodríguez-Drix
Recorded On: 11/06/2019
About this Creative Conversation
In this Creative Conversation, Emerging Leaders Council Member Todd Trebour will be joined in discussion by Gina Rodríguez-Drix, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. The two will discuss how the past is shaping the future of the arts and culture in Providence and Rhode Island. As Providence begins its second cultural planning process, Gina will reflect on the progress of the 2009 Creative Providence Plan and on the complexity and opportunity provided by a public plan that expresses values of equity, access and transformation.
Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism
Gina Rodríguez-Drix (she/hers) is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism where she manages ACT Public Art program, develops cultural policy, and facilitates creative placemaking projects. Most recently Gina managed the planning process for the Art in City Life Plan, the City’s first master plan for public art, and is now stewarding the planning process for Creative Providence 2020, the City’s second cultural plan for the creative sector. Gina’s professional and creative practices are rooted in her fervent passion for social, environmental and reproductive justice and commitment to her hometown. Gina is also a multi-genre writer and birth-doula who raises her young family in Providence.
Organizations Program Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Todd Trebour is the Organizations Program Director at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). Todd manages and oversees the agency’s support for organizations, including grants, programs, and services. A strong believer the power of partnerships and networks, Todd has piloted several new initiatives in his first year at RISCA, including affinity group convenings of organizations; an Arts and Cultural Advocacy Workshop series with the United Way of Rhode Island, City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; and an Advancing Cultural Equity Workshop and Technical Assistance Program in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation. He has also seen a 47% increase in applications to the Arts Access project grant program thanks to intensive and continuous outreach to Rhode Island organizations. Todd received his BA in Music Performance from Whitman College, his MM in Voice from Rice University, and his Core Certificate in Arts Management from the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service. Currently, Todd is in his second term on the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council at Americans for the Arts.